Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Birdbooker Report 15

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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 “Birdbooker” Paulsen, which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.

New and Recent Titles:

  • Floyd, Ted. Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America. 2008. Collins. Paperback: 512 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: This photographic guide comes with a DVD of bird songs.
  • Garbutt, Nick. Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide. 2007. Yale University Press. Paperback: 304 pages. Price: $39.95 U.S. [Amazon: $32.20]. SUMMARY: A photographic guide to Malagasy mammals.
  • Haffer, Jurgen. Ornithology, Evolution, and Philosophy: The Life and Science of Ernst Mayr 1904-2005. 2008. Springer. Paperback: 474 pages. Price: $59.95 U.S. [Amazon: $48.30]. SUMMARY: A detailed biography of evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr.
  • Kroodsma, Donald. The Backyard Birdsong Guide: Western North America. 2008. Chronicle Books. Hardbound: 192 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: This guide comes with a digital audio player that has bird song recordings.
  • Punke, Michael. Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West. 2007. Collins. Hardbound: 286 pages. Price: $25.95 U.S. [Amazon: $17.13]. SUMMARY: Chronicles the efforts of George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938) to save the American Bison.
  • Thomson, Keith. The Legacy of the Mastodon: The Golden Age of Fossils in America. 2008. Yale University Press. Hardbound: 386 pages. Price: $35.00 U.S. [Amazon: $23.10]. SUMMARY: Examines the history of American vertebrate paleontology between the years 1750 and 1890.