Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Birdbooker Report 69

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“How does one distinguish a truly civilized nation from an aggregation of
barbarians? That is easy. A civilized country produces much good bird
–Edgar Kincaid

The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that currently are, or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle birding pals and book collector, Ian “Birdbooker” Paulsen, and is edited by me and published here for your information and enjoyment. Below the fold is this week’s issue of The Birdbooker Report which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.


  1. Nicholls, Steve. Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery. 2009. University of Chicago Press. Hardbound: 524 pages. Price: $30.00 U.S. [Amazon: $19.80]. SUMMARY: The author explores how North America used to be and what its natural environment was like when European settlers first encountered it. Nicholls seems to downplay what is called ” The Pristine Myth”, which states that despite what most people think, North America was far from pristine at the time of European contact. North America had already been altered by the Aboriginal-Americans. Still this book is an interesting read about what has been lost in North America since 1492.

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Cevasco, George A. and Richard P. Harmond (editors). Modern American Environmentalists: A Biographical Encyclopedia. 2009. Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardbound: 557 pages. Price: $110.00 U.S. [Amazon: $96.38]. SUMMARY: This book profiles the lives and contributions of nearly 140 major figures during the 20th Century environmental movement. The entries range from 2 to 8 pages in length. Anyone interested in the history of 20th Century American Environmentalism will want this book.
  2. Farquharson, Vanessa. Sleeping Naked is Green: How an eco-cynic unplugged her fridge, sold her car, and found love in 366 days. 2009. Mariner Books. Paperback: 267 pages. Price: $13.95 U.S. [Amazon: $10.94]. SUMMARY: To lessen her ecological footprints, the author takes on the personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every day for a year. She quickly finds out what is doable and what isn’t.
  3. Laufer, Peter. The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists. 2009. The Lyons Press. Hardbound: 272 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: The author takes a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the butterfly industry and the underground world of collectors. Laufer also examines other threats to butterfly survival like illegal logging in Mexico and the U.S./Mexico border fence. An interesting cast of characters highlight this book.


  1. #1 James
    June 7, 2009

    How do I get this emailed to my inbox? I’d love to receive it regularly. :-)

  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    June 7, 2009

    i am not sure about that. it has it’s own separate category tag here, but i don’t think each category can be gotten as a separate newsfeed. however, i do send updates to twitter, but that is not exclusively devoted to the birdbooker report, either. the best i can say, unless a reader has a better suggestion, is to check in each sunday at noon for the list, since it’s sdcheduled to publish at that time.

  3. #3 James
    June 7, 2009

    Thanks for the info. It’s good. I’ll just try to remember to come back on Sundays. :-)

  4. #4 Josie
    June 8, 2009

    James, you can try subscribing to the feed birdbooker report on Technorati. Looks like that could help you keep track of them.

    Though, this blog is definitely worth checking out for other things, as well. :)

    One idea. Not sure how well it works.

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