Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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“One cannot have too many good bird books”
–Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927).

Here’s this week’s issue of the Birdbooker Report by Ian Paulsen, which lists bird and natural history books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.

FEATURED TITLE:

    Holtz Jr., Thomas R., and Luis V. Rey. Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages. 2007. Random House Books for Young Readers. Hardbound: 428 pages. Price: $34.99 U.S. [Amazon: $23.09]. SUMMARY: Although this book is listed as a children’s book, adults will find it useful. The artwork by Luis V. Rey is outstanding!

New and Recent Titles:

  • Dunning, Jr., John B. editor. CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses 2nd edition. 2008. CRC Press. Hardbound: 655 pages. Price: $119.95 U.S. [Amazon: $86.36]. SUMMARY: This standard reference has been revised with new data.
  • Garrigues, Richard and Robert Dean. The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide. 2007. Cornell University Press. Paperback: 387 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon: $19.77]. SUMMARY: A compact, up-to-date field guide to Costa Rican birds.
  • Neher, Anna editor. Dawson’s Avian Kingdom. 2007. Heyday Books. Paperback: 287 pages. Price: $16.95 U.S. [Amazon: $13.22]. SUMMARY: Selected writings of William Leon Dawson (1873-1928) taken from his “Birds of California” (1923).
  • Novacek, Michael. Terra: Our 100-Million-Year-Old Ecosystem-and the Threats That Now Put It at Risk. 2007. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Hardbound: 451 pages. Price: $27.00 U.S. [Amazon: $17.82]. SUMMARY: Novacek links the world’s evolutionary past to the current environmental problems we face.
  • Wells, Jeffrey V. Birder’s Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk. 2007. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 452 pages. Price: $35.00 U.S. [Amazon: $23.10]. SUMMARY: A useful conservation handbook for North American birders.