"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 bird and natural history books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.
Dickinson, Emily. Emily Dickinson's Herbarium: A Facsimile Edition. 2006. Belknap/Harvard University Press. Large slipcased folio: 208 pages. Price: $125.00 U.S. [Amazon: $98.00]. SUMMARY: Poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) in her youth assembled a dried plant album. This facsimile reprint also includes interpretive essays, catalog and index of plant specimens.
New and Recent Titles:
- Avise, John C. On Evolution. 2007. Johns Hopkins University Press. Paperback: 186 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon: $29.95]. SUMMARY: Essays on evolution by one of the most distinguished evolutionary biologist of our time. [GrrlScientist comment: I'd sure like to read a copy of this book! Since I am in contact with the senior editor at Johns Hopkins, I might be able to get a review copy from him].
- Beletsky, Les. Birds of the World. 2006. Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardbound with plastic slipcase: 516 pages. Price: $50.00 U.S. [Amazon: $31.50]. SUMMARY: A well illustrated introduction to the birds of the world.
- Hill, Geoffrey E. and Kevin J. McGraw, editors. Bird Coloration, volume 1: mechanisms and measurements and volume 2: function and evolution. 2006. Harvard University Press. Hardbound: 589 pages and 477 pages respectively. Prices: $98.00 and $95.00 U.S. respectively. [Amazon: $98.00 for volume 1 and [Amazon: $76.00 for volume 2]. SUMMARY: A very detailed examination into the coloration of birds. [GrrlScientist comment: I'd really like to get review copies of these books too!].
- Lynch, Wayne. Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior. 2007. Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardbound: 242 pages. Price: $39.95 U.S. [Amazon: $26.37]. SUMMARY: A nicely illustrated and detailed account of North American Owls.
- Shuster, Jr., Carl N., Robert B. Barlow, and H. Jane Brockmann, editors. The American Horseshoe Crab. 2003. Harvard University Press. Hardbound: 427 pages. Price: $102.00 U.S. [Amazon: $81.60]. SUMMARY: A very detailed account of the natural history of the American Horseshoe Crab.
- Spotila, James R. Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation. 2004. Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardbound: 228 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: A detailed study of the seven sea turtle species.
- Thorington Jr., Richard W. and Katie Ferrell. Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide. 2006. Johns Hopkins University Press. Paperback: 183 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: An introduction into the biology of the squirrels of the world.
I just ordered THE AMERICAN HORSESHOE CRAB from the Amazon link on your blog. I have seen plenty of horseshoe crabs and have also etched silicified, Upper Ordovician trilobite parts from limestones exposed in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia around Strasburg, Virginia (you haven't lived till you have used a fine, wetted camel's hair brush to pick a trilobite protaspis from the insoluble fraction of a very hard rock). I am sure I shall be captivated by the book, so thanks, Grrl, for your Birdbooker Report.
I would like to clear up one thing: Grrlscientist ISN'T Birdbooker! We are two different people!