Reviews

101 Ways to Help Birds

101 Ways to Help Birds

by Laura Erickson

Miscellaneous | March 7, 2007


Mandatory reading for anyone who cares about birds.

52 Small Birds

52 Small Birds

by Richard Weeks

Family Guides | August 29, 2014


The pictures, paintings, and story of the author’s attempt to photograph all the regularly breeding warblers in the United States.

A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

by Richard Sale

Field Guides; Regional & Travel Guides | March 27, 2008


A great introduction to the Arctic, and a good field guide to its wildlife.

A Field Guide to Warblers of North America (Peterson Guide)

A Field Guide to Warblers of North America (Peterson Guide)

by Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett

Advanced ID; Family Guides | December 9, 2006


The best field guide available for North American warblers.

A Guide to Bird Watching

by Joseph J. Hickey

Birding; Classics | January 19, 2007


This classic is fascinating and still worth reading today.

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

by Nicholas Drayson

Fiction | March 31, 2009


A quirky, fun, and delightful novel. Yes, novel.

A Guide to the Birds of the Southeastern States: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, And Mississippi

A Guide to the Birds of the Southeastern States: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, And Mississippi

by John H. Rappole

Regional & Travel Guides | December 23, 2006


This guide tries to do too much and ends up doing nothing well. Stay away.

A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada

A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada

by James D. Rising

Advanced ID; Family Guides | March 2, 2008


A very good family guide, but read on to see how it compares with the authors’ follow-up photographic guide.

A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All

A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All

by Luke Dempsey

Miscellaneous | October 4, 2008


A very funny, and often irreverent, look at what happens when birding takes hold of the author’s life.

Adventures With Grapenut

Adventures With Grapenut

by John M. Rockwood

Children; Miscellaneous | June 17, 2011


An intimate look at a Common Loon family.

Afield: Forty Years of Birding the American West

Afield: Forty Years of Birding the American West

by Alan Contreras

Miscellaneous | April 9, 2010


A chronicle of over forty years spent in the field watching birds.

Albatross: Their World, Their Ways

Albatross: Their World, Their Ways

by Tui De Roy, Mark Jones, and Julian Fritter

Family Guides | February 6, 2009


This family guide is every bit as well-designed and beautiful as the birds it features.

Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World

Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World

by Derek Onley and Paul Scofield

Advanced ID; Family Guides | May 15, 2007


Finally, a portable, up-to-date guide for these difficult birds. Unfortunately, it’s not as useful as it could have been and thus might not be a book you need to add to your library.

All About Birds: A Short Illustrated History of Ornithology

All About Birds: A Short Illustrated History of Ornithology

by Valerie Chansigaud

Miscellaneous | May 25, 2010


An attractive and concise overview of those who have shaped our knowledge of birds.

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey

by Rick Wright

Field Guides | May 15, 2014


This first entry in the American Birding Association state field guide series is a good one.

Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica

Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica

by Noah Strycker

Miscellaneous | June 4, 2011


Join the author as he spends the summer among penguins in Antarctica.

Antarctic Wildlife: A Visitor’s Guide

Antarctic Wildlife: A Visitor’s Guide

by James Lowen

Field Guides; Regional & Travel Guides | October 23, 2011


A user-friendly guide that is a must for visitors to Antarctica.

Arctic Autumn: A Journey to Season’s Edge

Arctic Autumn: A Journey to Season’s Edge

by Pete Dunne

Miscellaneous | February 3, 2012


A season in one of the most inhospitable, but beautiful, places on Earth.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land

by Subhankar Banerjee

Regional & Travel Guides | April 15, 2008


Take a trip through the beautiful and controversial Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.