The Bird Way: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

It was a pleasure to make these observations at the same time I was reading The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think , Jennifer Ackerman’s new book about the diversity and complexity of bird behavior. Many popular science books have neither.

2020 217

The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

2019), and now this book. The progression could be said to echo that of an earlier book about an obsessive nature criminal, The Orchard Thief by Susan Orlean, which started out as an article in The New Yorker.). The book is structured cinematically. He interviewed relatives, friends, colleagues, investigators, and experts around the world; read trial transcripts, historical and contemporary books and articles; and viewed videotaped interrogations.

2020 167

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New book

Environmental Economics

From the preface of  Benefit Transfer of Environmental and Resource Values : Recognizing the critical importance of benefit transfer and the breadth of associated scholarly and policy work, this book has been designed to provide a comprehensive review of transfer methods, issues, and challenges, covering topics relevant to both researchers and practitioners across different continents.

2015 153

The Book of Trees – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Book of Trees by Piotr Socha (Author), Wojciech Grajkowski (Author) Published by Thames and Hudson (Big Books) (13 Sept. This book, by the award-winning author Piotr Socha, answers these questions and more, tracking the history of trees from the time of the dinosaurs to the current day. A very nice and informative, and beautifully color-illustrated book, that should especially be interesting for younger readers.

2018 111

Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

10,000 Birds

The last time a Julie Zickefoose book was reviewed on this blogsite, the piece began by saying “This is going to be a rave review.” That sentence will do for this review and this book, too: it’s unavoidable. These women, who are all, evidently, sane or close enough to pass, write books, quite good books, about themselves and their charges. On a couple of different levels, this is a wonderful story and a terrific book.

2019 162

Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Greeney was recommended to me as a book I HAD to review by no less than three birding friends. I hesitated because a 496-page book about two skulky neotropical bird groups is a little intimidating. It’s a fairly large book considering the limited subject matter. I also wondered if a book like this would be of interest to 10,000 Birds readers. But, then again, this is an artist and photographer who has illustrated and co-written books on sparrows and moths!

2019 162

New book

Environmental Economics

This book is a follow-up to The End of Abundance (2011), but: I wrote it from scratch (no editing/revision of the old book). It has ideas that I have not explored or explained here (this is not a tease -- it was just easier to describe them in the book). It's shorter, cheaper and snappier than my earlier book. You can buy the book in paperback ($10), Kindle ($4.99) and PDF ($5).

2014 125

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book

10,000 Birds

Fortunately, with a prescience that’s a little scary, David Allen Sibley has created a book perfect for beginning birders (and the rest of us): What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why. This is a delightful book, large (8-1/2 by 11 inches), filled with Sibley’s distinctive artwork and an organized potpourri of research-based stories about the science behind bird’s lives.

2020 167

Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

” The book in question is Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide , edited and written by Sebastian K. The guide covers 1,433 species, the number of birds documented at the end of 2014, the cutoff point for the book. The downside of the size (and quality of paper) is that this is a fairly heavy book, about 2.5 I can see the glue when I open the cover and feel like it will tear off if I hold the book the wrong way. Front and Back of the Book and More.

2020 155

Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter

10,000 Birds

The book offers numerous facts about many species, findings of hundreds of research projects, notes on trends and exceptions from the norm, but little that captures the poetry of winter bird behavior or ignites a passion for change. The book is organized logically by seasonality. Two sobering chapters on “Conservation” and “Climate Change” end the text section of the book, followed by a 36-page Bibliography and a detailed Index.

2020 152

Sprout Lands – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

William Bryant Logan traveled from the English fens to Spain, California and Japan to rediscover and celebrate what was once a common and practical ecology – finding hope that humans may again learn what the persistence and generosity of trees can teach, and the reader can travel with him on that journey through the book. I found this book very easy to read and times it felt like reading a novel in that one did not want to put the book down.

2019 120

Cool Green Summer Book Review

Nature Conservancy - Science

Butterflies, wildflowers, mongooses and more: new nature books reviewed. Ideas Our Nature Reads

2020 53

Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide?A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Type it in and you’ll find articles about a showy South African plant, trailers for two films (one of which was pre-Code and apparently created a sensation), eleven novels, a romance novel series, an animated children’s film, socks, and no less than nine coloring books. Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide by Phil Gregory, with illustrations by Richard Allen is a stunning book whose scope goes far beyond the “identification features” we associate with the genre.

2020 167

Futurekind – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Open-source and open-source design, aka open design, can make a difference on so many levels, both for the Planet and for the people, and there more that those sixty projects that are listed in the books worldwide at the moment and more coming “on stream” all the time. A most interesting book and read for anyone interested in socially and environmentally conscious design and especially open-source and open design.

2019 124

Bird Books for Children: From Colors & Shapes to Discovering Central Park

10,000 Birds

It’s never too late or too early to buy a children’s book about birds. It’s been a few years since my last roundup of children’s bird books, and children’s book writers, illustrators and publishers continue to produce picture books that feature avian protagonists. My interest here is on books that introduce children, from toddler age to first grade, to birds as wild creatures they can observe and enjoy. First, the board books.

2019 165

Birds of Nanhui Shanghai: A Photo Book Review

10,000 Birds

Kai’s photos present a unique perspective on a very specific, under-birded area of China; you can view them on this blog, and, even more satisfying, you can view them in his book, Birds of Nanhui Shanghai , published in China in 2018 and available through NHBS, the international book distributor. Scientific names are not given because, as Kai explained to me, the book is oriented towards the layperson, to encourage awareness of these birds in the Nanhui wetlands habitat.)

2019 129

New Energy Economics book

Environmental Economics

This book focuses on both energy choices and the impact of these choices on market performance, environmental conditions, and sustainability. Energy Economics  By Peter M. Schwarz. From the publisher: Energy Economics outlines the fundamental issues and possible solutions to the challenges of energy production and use, and presents a framework for energy decisions based upon sound economic analysis.

Forthcoming book review

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Thank you! Your proof corrections for AJAR - AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS : 12280 : Contingent Valuation of Environmental Goods: A Comprehensive Critique, by Daniel McFadden and Kenneth Train (Eds.). Published by Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 319 pages, ISBN: 978-1-78643-468-5, AU$210 have been received

2018 100

E-Books vs. Real Books

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) E-books vs. real books: on the sustainability scale which wins? E-book readers are, in my opinion, not sustainable. E-book readers, whether the Amazon Kindle, or whichever else, are NOT sustainable and that regardless of what industry and most green media even would want us to believe. The e-book, as a PDF document, downloaded to your computer is a different story and we will get to those at a later stage.

2011 126

Churchill & Orwell – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Today probably more than ever Orwell's books “Animal Farm” and “1984” are important. This is a book for anyone interested in politics, especially how today's neo-liberalism is headed towards a totalitarian system, by increments in such a way that most people do not even realize it and call anyone pointing this out conspiracy theorists. book review Churchill Orwell politicsReview by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Churchill & Orwell – The Fight For Freedom by Thomas E.

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2017 116

Birding for the Curious: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

This is the book you will want to give to everyone in your life who has said ‘I’d like to bird too, but ….(fill Not only is Nate a birding and blogging colleague, but Mike Bergin, 10,000 Birds co-publisher, has written the Foreword and I have been threatened with all sorts of birder-type punishment if I give this book a bad review. But, as we say in the book review world, you can’t keep a critical mind down. All excellent books. The book starts with “Why Birds?”

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Beats the Beltway: a review of Bruce Beehler’s book “Natural Encounters”

10,000 Birds

The travels in his most recent book Natural Encounters: Biking, Hiking, and Birding Through the Seasons are more limited — to the eastern part of the United States, mostly Washington, D.C. And the book is organized seasonally, starting from the “sunny, lazy days” of late June and July, around the calendar, ending with “chasing the last of spring,” in the following June. Beehler’s blog includes lots of photos; the book has few of those but a number of good drawings by John C.

2020 120

Buy our book! ; - )

Environmental Economics

Here are a couple of excerpts ($ link ): The book’s introduction does a good job of describing both the historical and current issues and problems in this area of economic research. The 19 papers presented in the book are subdivided in five sections, with the first section discussing theoretical and modeling issues and the mathematical and statistical tools needed to address the many empirical problems that arise in combining SP and RP data.

2013 148

Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Her lively block prints adorn calendars, note cards, puzzles, and children’s books, very much in the popular tradition of beloved minimalist Charley Harper. It’s a fun book, offering ideas for projects and, most importantly for me, new ways to observe birds and their natural world. ” They are continued throughout the book, interwoven with the images and commentary. It’s an interesting way to teach within a book. Reviews bird art book review

2019 165

Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

For endangered species, red and gray tabs at the top of the page indicate level of threatened status from the IUCN and the Libro Rogo de los Vertebrados Cubanos (Red Data Book for Cuban Vertebrates). The book includes lots of space for Notes. Actually, I thought I could press it and hear a bird call, till I remembered that this was a book not a web page.). I bought my volume from Buteo Books, but it is no longer listed on their website.). Reviews book review Cuba

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Children’s Book Review: Wake up, Woods

Nature Conservancy - Science

A review of a beautiful new wildflower book for kids, Wake Up, Woods. Ideas Forests Our Nature Reads

2019 67

Baby Bird Books, Little Bird Books

10,000 Birds

Jake’s favorite before-bedtime book when he was just a bit younger was Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, a picture book I had picked up at a nature center. By the middle of the book, Jake and his younger brother Zach would be chiming in, “I want my mommy,” and when Mama Owl finally return, they would rejoice along with the owlets. It turns out that there are quite a few children’s books that feature baby birds, often owls, looking for their moms.

2012 204

Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

And the book is about much more, ripple effects from what happens when part of a living thing becomes the central ingredient to a highly visual, social, profitable business. More examples, shown in the book and online (just search for ‘hats’ and ‘egrets’ and you’ll find articles from NPR , the Smithsonian , and Audubon ), show delicate to huge creations adorned, sometimes overwhelmed with plumes, colorful teased feathers, and even the actual bodies of birds.

2019 129

The Splendor of Birds and National Geographic: a Book Review

10,000 Birds

The book, handsome and hefty, is meant to “commemorate and amplify” the Year of the Bird initiative –but it’s a self-celebration of sorts, too. Much of the book, most of it, consists of full-page photos with identifying captions and some interspersed prose. Its magazine began publication then, too, with the first photographs appearing (over the protests of some board members, who didn’t want their journal being turned into “a picture book”) in 1906.

Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Everyone is looking back on their best birds of 2019, so I thought it would be a good idea to look at a book that looks back a little further: Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City , by P. Because, as this book demonstrates so well, it is sometimes important to look back in order to move forward. This is a book about the Bronx?!” The book is divided into three parts: “Introduction,” “Avifaunal Overview,” and “Species Accounts.”

2020 142

Oceanic Birds of The World: A Photo Guide–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

This is the first book since Peter Harrison’s classic Seabirds: An Identification Guide (1983, rev. It is also an informal assessment of the state of our knowledge of oceanic birds, presenting a depth of field and book information with critical commentary that can only be found in a bird guide co-authored by Steve N. Scope of Book: But first, (1) what is meant by ‘oceanic birds’ and (2) is that term any different from ‘seabirds’?

2019 157

Birding in Greece – birdfinder book review

10,000 Birds

True, because of higher precipitation, more luxurious vegetation and higher diversity of altitudes and habitats, east Macedonia and Thrace may offer better birding and a longer bird list, but for those, there is a more informative new book, Birdwatching in Northern Greece – a site guide by Steve Mills (2011, 2nd edition). However, I still wanted a book that would cover the entire country and give me the big picture. Reviews birdfinder books Greece

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The Happy Hero – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

While I have enjoyed the book immensely at some points the author is a little out of touch with reality and as far as energy is concerned, oh my, oh my. It is a well written book that also has a lovely story inside of it of a “Happy Hero” which, in itself, could become a book. book review green living Solitaire Townsend The Happy HeroReview by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Happy Hero Solitaire Townsend Published by Unbound October 2017 Paperback 192 pages £8.99

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North American Songbirds: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Birding being a visual and an auditory pursuit, it’s not surprising that publishers have taken advantage of the media of its day to produce bird books accompanied by CDs or DVDs. QR stands for Quick Response (the things I learn when I write a book review!). I was interested in reviewing this book because, although I had uploaded a QR code app last year, I’ve never used it. The process itself was easier to use than playing a DVD while reading a book.

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Growing Self-Sufficiency – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

By Sally Nex Published by Green Books September 2017 240 pages, paperback, 255mm x 205mm ISBN: 9780857843173 Growing Self-Sufficiency is a practical and inspirational guide for both the beginner and the experienced gardener. She explains how you can: start a vegetable plot on your balcony create a herb garden on your windowsill grow a mini orchard in pots This book deals with about every aspect of growing and raising your own food, as well as preserving the harvest, collecting seeds, etc.

Review 108

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2018

Nature Conservancy - Science

Six books for the nature lover or conservationist on your holiday list. Ideas Our Nature Reads

2018 77

The Feather Thief: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Johnson smartly starts off with the two obsessions that are at the core of the book–an intriguing description of Rist breaking into the museum (we’re not told the why, just the how, which is pretty impressive because it’s done so amateurishly and successfully) followed by Johnson himself learning about the theft several years later from his fly fishing guide, Spencer Seim, while casting for trout in New Mexico. Seriously, this book is crying out for a movie treatment!).

2018 116

Animals of Kruger National Park: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

They are striking, as one would expect from a book about South African mammals, reptiles and amphibians, with many images illustrating behavior and identification features as well as the animal in its habitat. I was surprised that while the recommended sources for information on birds was limited to Barnes’ forthcoming book, Birds of Kruger National Park, co-authored with Ken Behrens. Perhaps there will be additional recommendations in the book itself, due out June 2017.

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Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

10,000 Birds

The full title of this exceptional book by Marie Read is Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior. In this new book, she puts everything she has learned in over 30 years of wildlife photography down in writing. The first half of the book (there are sixteen chapters) covers technical topics–equipment essentials, focusing and image sharpness, light, exposure, and composition. Book Design & Formats.

2019 167

Publish Your Book with Toronto Public Library’s EBM

The Alien Next Door

Up to then books were large and heavy and painstakingly hand-copied by monks—sometimes over years. Now the Toronto Public Library has the Espresso Book Machine (EBM), a cool device that can create an entire book in five minutes. Indeed, that’s not so far from the truth; once green-lighted, this elegant fully automated machine with onboard computer performs the entire book-making process within a few minutes and with minimal human intervention.

2014 135

Walter’s Book Now Available

10,000 Birds

Walter Kitundu, who loyal readers will remember as an excellent Beat Writer here on 10,000 Birds , has a new e-book available. News books iBooks It is studded with the wonderful images that his fans will surely associate with him and is well worth checking out. You can get Bird Knowledge: Little Life Lessons Learned from Birds on the iTunes store here.

2013 147

Celebrate Earth Day With These Books

Nature Conservancy - Science

Five great new reads for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Ideas Conservation Science Our Nature Reads Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist Wildlife

2020 77