The BirdBooker Report 6: Notes on Bird (and Natural History) Books

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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.


    Lamb, Andy and Bernard P. Hanby. Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds, and Selected Fishes. 2005. Harbour Publishing. Hardbound: 398 pages. Price: $69.95 US [Amazon: $44.07]. SUMMARY: A comprehensive collection of photographs of Pacific Northwest marine life.

New and Recent Titles:

  • Berta, Annalisa, James L. Sumich, and Kit M. Kovacs. Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology, 2nd Edition. 2006. Academic Press. Hardbound: 547 pages. Price: $75.95 US [Amazon: $65.10]. SUMMARY: A textbook on marine mammal evolution and biology.
  • Dunne, Pete. The Art of Pishing: How to Attract Birds by Mimicking Their Calls. 2006. Stackpole Books. Paperback: 92 pages. Price: $18.95 US [Amazon: $12.89]. SUMMARY: Includes an audio CD that teaches you how to pish in the woods.
  • Eaton, Eric R. and Kenn Kaufman. Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. 2007. Houghton Mifflin. Paperback: 392 pages. Price: $18.95 US [Amazon: $12.89]. SUMMARY: An easy to use photographic field guide.
  • Elbroch, Mark. Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species. 2006. Stackpole Books. Paperback: 727 pages. Price: $44.95 US [Amazon: $29.67]. SUMMARY: Covers about 275 species (mostly mammals).
  • Jefferson, Thomas A., Marc A. Webber, and Robert L. Pitman. Marine Mammals of the World: A Comprehensive Guide to their Identification. 2008. Academic Press. Hardbound: 573 pages. Price: $69.95 US [Amazon: $69.96]. SUMMARY: A richly illustrated guide to the marine mammals of the world.
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