The Bird Way: A Book Review

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The post The Bird Way: A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews Bird Behavior book reviewOne good thing about birding during a pandemic–the forced restrictions on place and time translate into more time to observe what birds do.

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Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

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The answer may lie more in the work of executive producer Gael Garcia Bernal, co-founder of the Mexican Ambulante Film Festival and the actor who co-presented the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film with the words, “As a Mexican, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that separates us.”* The post Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews film review; Rio Grande

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“Birds of Cyprus” field guide review

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In Europe, shorebirds, gulls an warblers are the three hardest groups to present, describe and ID, so I tested the BOC armour where I know it will be the weakest. The post “Birds of Cyprus” field guide review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review cyprus Europe field guideFor the last two decades, Europe and the greater Mediterranean have been covered by one of the best field guides anywhere: “Collins Bird Guide” by Lars Svensson et al.,

2020 169

Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

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Greeney was recommended to me as a book I HAD to review by no less than three birding friends. Migratory and altitudinal movements are not common with these species; when they are present, they are described in a Movements section. One of the reasons I wanted to review Antpittas and Gnateaters was that I was curious about whether it could stand as a model for future bird family books. The post Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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In May, I reviewed Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition. Both of these very brief essays gave essential context to old and new readers (and reviewers). Many thanks to HMH for providing review copies. Reviews book review field guides

2020 207

Hypothetical Bias presentation at TAMU; & et cetera

Environmental Economics

We first sent it to Economics Letters where we received this confusing review: Reviewer #1: "Criterion and Predictive Validity of Revealed and Stated Preference Data: The Case of Music Concert Demand" The manuscript compares RP and SP visitation data to music concerts (in the NC area). I can live with that reason but the Economics Letters review is mostly gibberish.

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Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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Dunne and Karlson are presenting an alternative system of gull identification, one that they believe is simpler than the traditional emphasis on cycles and plumages. There are actually two types of quizzes–those in the formal Quiz and Review in the back of the book, and quizzes scattered through the Introduction and some of the species accounts, whose answers are given in a separate back-of-the-book section. Reviews book review gulls

2018 176

"Signed Peer Reviews"

Environmental Economics

The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics' (another one that doesn't appear in RePEc rankings yet) peer reviews are not even single blind. Linwood Pendleton : One possible approach to improving peer review is to eliminate anonymity. Anonymity  Anonymity in the peer-review system is outdated. In The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, we are working to develop ways to connect editors, reviewers and authors in an open manner.

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

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I didn’t know much about Birds of Paradise either before 2013, when I accompanied a non-birding friend to a presentation at a local college, not really expecting much. In addition, the sections review habitat; behavior, including predation, daily routine, food and foraging, and breeding; vocalizations; migration (or, lack of); and conservation. The post Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide–A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

2020 169

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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When you review the system, it makes perfect sense: falcons are placed with hawks, nightjars are next to owls, and grebes are close to ducks, rather than separated from them by quail and grouse. Major subspecies are presented–“Myrtle” and “Audubon’s” forms of Yellow-rumped Warbler, the five forms of Dark-eyed Junco, etc.–but The Accounts present text on the left and images on the right. Birding Reviews book review field guide

2020 168

Paper Saver – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Paper Saver is – probably – the most eco-friendly notebook ever The Paper Saver comes without paper inside, because it's meant to be stuffed with old, discarded printouts from your home office. Having received my review sample I have to say that it is – in my opinion – a brilliant idea and probably beats any recycling of single-side printed paper and so many pages come as just that.

Futurekind – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Futurekind Design for and by the People by Dr. Rob Phillips Published by Thames & Hudson, May (16) 2019 240 pages 900 illustrations Hardback 25.5 Hardback Manual and manifesto, an inspiration and a call to arms; this rich and timely survey is all in one and presents over sixty innovative, socially and environmentally conscious design projects changing the world for the better.

2019 125

Birds of Nanhui Shanghai: A Photo Book Review

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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. The post Birds of Nanhui Shanghai: A Photo Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews bird photography book review Shanghai

2019 129

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

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Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide presents both sides of the artistic equation–lovely prints and water colors of 88 (or so) North American birds of the Pacific Northwest; commentary on how the author/artist created the images; and lessons on how to draw and paint birds in various media. The post Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide–A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews bird art book review

2019 167

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

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” And, if you don’t believe them, just take a look at some of the photographic comparisons of species they present: Or, of albatross plumages: Or, read about the taxonomic confusions and scientific lapses in research on petrels, Albatrosses, storm-petrels, and diving-petrels. It aims to present identification facts and guidance for roughly 270 species of oceanic birds found throughout the world in a compact format. Reviews book review field guide seabirds

2019 161

Churchill & Orwell – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Churchill & Orwell – The Fight For Freedom by Thomas E. In “Animal Farm” we find the idea that all are equal but some more equal than others and this is exactly how the neoliberals operate today while “1984” presents us with the nightmarish scenario of an all pervasive totalitarian surveillance state. book review Churchill Orwell politics

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

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The “Avifaunal Overview” reviews and discusses data sources, describes how the migration process in and over New York City, and summarizes ‘resource concerns’—factors such as the loss of keystone species, the introduction of non-native species, water quality, vandalism, illegal hunting, plant ecology–that have influenced New York City bird life. Every New Year, I think about what new book titles will be published, what books I will be reviewing.

2020 142

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

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I knew that reading one chapter would not affect my critical reviewer’s opinion of the book, and Marie knew that too. And, not every photograph is perfect; in some cases, Read presents several versions of a specific bird to show how what happens when you use, say, a shallow depth of field, like in the two puffin photos below. This review is based on a reading of the eBook format, and I have mixed feelings about it. Reviews bird photography book review

2019 169

Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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My review copy (well, actually a contributor’s copy—more on that later) was waiting for me when I returned from the ABA birding tour of Thailand and Malaysia (more on that in a separate post) in early March. I am concerned that a new birder might be overwhelmed; numerous names, dates and 19th-century book titles are cited, many expeditions and journeys are discussed, a long list of checklists and Latin terms are reviewed and compared. since I normally would receive a review copy.

The Feather Thief: A Book Review

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The Prologue presents the two contrasting obsessions, a narrative that intrigues with promises of more details to come. I can’t end this review without talking about how impressed I am by Johnson’s research and documentation. Reviews book review fly tying museums

2018 116

The Australian Bird Guide: A Review

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So, I welcomed the opportunity to review The Australian Bird Guide. Scientific names have been reviewed by the Working Group on Avian Nomenclature of the International Ornithologists’ Union. The reasons are twofold–the rapidly changing taxonomic playing field and the obstacles these changes present to users. Pretty much the same reasons presented so eloquently by Jochen in his classic post “Keep Your Taxonomy Out of My Field Guide”–Revisited.).

2017 127

The Happy Hero – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Happy Hero Solitaire Townsend Published by Unbound October 2017 Paperback 192 pages £8.99 Just a suggestion to the author for presenting the story in the form of a novel might get even more people reading about the matter in hand and being prepared to get involved in a direct way, whether small or large. book review green living Solitaire Townsend The Happy Hero

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Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

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The guide presents 69 species and 1 subspecies, from “NEW WORLD VULTURES: Cathartiformes” to “OSPREY: Pandioninae” to “FAMILY: Accipitridae” (Kites, Hawks, Eagles, Hawk-Eagles), to “FALONIDS: Falconidae” (Falcons, Forest-Falcons, Caracaras, Kestrels, Merlin). Reviews book review hawks raptorsThere are birders who watch hawks and there are hawk watchers who bird.

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Birding By Impression: A Book Review

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he is a co-author of The Shorebird Guide (with Michael O’Brien and Richard Crossley, from who he says he first learned to appreciate BBI), an author and co-author, respectively, of two photographic books– Birds of Cape May and Visions: Earth’s Elements in Bird and Nature Photography (with Lloyd Spitalnik), photo editor of The Birds of New Jersey: Status and Distribution (2011), and a keynote speaker, workshop presenter and tour leader at birding festivals.

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Book Review and Giveaway – 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes by Jessica Ress ends 9/17

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I enjoy researching the properties of natural ingredients and creating my own recipes to nourish my skin, and I am also always on the lookout for new recipes to try which is why I was so excited to review Jessica Ress’s DIY beauty book titled 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes. A lot of the recipes in this book are luxurious enough to be gifted away as holiday and birthday presents, and the bonus content and metric conversion chart allows advanced knowledge. reviews and giveaways

Review of Your Backyard

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I must say that I never expected us at 10,000 Birds to receive an email asking us if we wanted to review a DVD made from a company dedicated to producing “children’s nature resources (from a Creation perspective).” Rather than intersperse the effects of a birding video being made from a mistaken and discredited perspective with the rest of the review I figured I would get it out of the way to begin with and then focus on the video itself.

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The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl–A Book Review

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Species Accounts–Plates: Three plates are presented for most species: Winter/Spring, Summer/Fall, and Flying (usually a 2-page plate whose length accentuates the beauty of waterfowl in flight). To help us practice, Waterfowl presents mystery plates. Written Species Accounts: Written Species Accounts take up about one-third of the guide and are presented as “supplemental” to the Visual Species Accounts. Reviews bird identification book review ducks geese

2017 146

Review of Body Vega Natural Fish Oil

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I have been taking two softgels every morning for the past two weeks now and I honestly have no complaints, I feel more energized and present that I have felt in a while, and my also feels a lot stronger. Disclosure: I received a complementary sample of the product to review, however, the opinions above are my own. reviews and giveaways review Natural fish oil is derived from sustainably caught fatty fish.

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Birds and People: A Book Review

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Cocker presents Eurasian Larks as a prime example of one of the recurring themes of the book, our culture’s tendency to cherish a bird in poetry and myth and to simultaneously exploit, even ravish, the actual bird. It is a large, heavy book, and reading it might present a challenge to those of us who like to balance books on our knees as we recline on the couch. Reviews Birds book review

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Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide–A Review

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His determination of 239 species is the result of synthesizing recent DNA research papers and reviewing checklist authority decisions worldwide; the number is larger than the last comprehensive review of woodpeckers, volume 7 of the Handbook of the Birds of the World (2002), which came in at 216 species. Each Species Account is numbered, and introduced with a gray title box presenting common name, scientific name, and dimensions (in centimeters).

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Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White: A Book Review

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This is probably the part of the review where I should talk about the fact that Corey Finger—our 10,000 Birds Corey—is one of the authors published in this collection, and how that will not deter me from writing a balanced review. Many of the authors here are birding friends and colleagues, and I really wasn’t sure if I should write this review. Reviews American Birding Association birding tips book review

2017 158

Review of Watching Sparrows

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How exactly are the birds presented? That last is sixteen-month-old Desmond trying his darnedest to say “bird!&# … Disclaimer: I was provided with review copies of several films and Bird Films has also purchased advertising on 10,000 Birds. Reviews sparrows videoI never would have thought that a film that focused entirely on North American sparrows could be so delightful.

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Flying Dinosaurs: A Review by a Triceratops Fan

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So, I welcomed the opportunity to read and review Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds , by John Pickrell, published in the United States by Columbia University Press. It presents complex research and theories in understandable language; it elaborates on the background of the papers with interviews from key players and historical anecdotes; it further sparks the imagination with detailed descriptions and art images of what may have been.

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Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

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Two reactions on receiving my review copy from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: (1) Small book, colorful design, (2) There really are 12 steps and they are not in the order I expected. Reaction on finishing the guide: Idiosyncratic text, personal approach, at times challenging, other times familiar material but not presented in a familiar context. Reviews bird identification book review

2018 159

Hotspur’s Revenge: A Review of Three Books

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There are, for example, many examples of species that have moved due to (pre-human) climate changes – a dung beetle , now present only in altitudes over 3,000 meters in Tibet, was once the most common dung beetle is northwestern Europe. One of those that got a good deal of buzz last year was The Evolution of Beauty , previously given a thorough, discerning review by Donna, here. Reviews book review ecology evolutionary biology invasive species

2018 116

Better Birding: A Book Review (& a New Year’s goal)

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New Year’s resolutions from birding friends are starting to trickle in as I write this review. This is a very different book from what I expected, less of a handbook and more of a comprehensive identification text on 24 groups of birds, presented in words and photographs. Additional information is presented in boxes and with photographs. Reviews Birding identification book review

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Sibley Birds East & Sibley Birds West: A Review

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As in the first edition, the images are usually of female birds (or, as Sibley calls them, “drab females”) or birds in nonbreeding plumage, a decision I never really understood until today, when I read the Key to the Group Accounts on the inside cover of the second edition: “these present the greatest identification challenge.” Art & Color: I don’t think the pages I’ve scanned for this review show the beauty of Sibley’s drawings.

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Rare Birds of North America: A Book Review

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Interestingly, the authors also decided to include eleven species not yet accepted as occurring naturally by records committees, but which, they say, present interesting vagrancy questions. Lengthy tables present where and when (season) rare birds have been seen. started with a listing of species in the order presented. Reviews book review rare birds

Birds of Prey of the East & Birds of Prey of the West: Review of Two Field Guides

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Each species/subspecies is presented by age and type of pose, though not strictly so for each species. Similarly, the Eastern guide account for Osprey includes the “Ridgeway” subspecies (which I imagine is not presented separately in the ‘Florida’ section because it is so rarely seen), it’s white head cropping up in a space left open in the Western guide. Reviews book review field guides hawks raptors

2018 169

Easter gift ideas from Present Aid

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Present Aid, the charity gift shop of international development charity Christian Aid, recently launched a new website offering a range of Easter themed gifts, the proceeds of which will help to fund Christian Aid’s work to end global poverty. Many of Present Aid's best-selling charity gifts make ideal presents for anyone who would like to celebrate Easter through giving. Groups can also use the Present Aid site to buy larger gifts collectively.

The Joy of Bird Feeding: A Book Review by a Birder who Loves Her Feeder Birds

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So, I was excited when Scott & Nix sent me a review copy. He clearly loves feeders and presents colorful photographs of seemingly every type sold in the U.S., Reviews Bird Feeding book reviewHappy Second Day of the New Year, 10,000 Birds friends! I am still in the old year as I write this.

2018 159

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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The brief, excellent introduction focuses on explaining topography and bird distribution in NCA (the abbreviation used throughout the guide, and this review, for Northern Central America). I do wish that the political and physical maps of NCA and the map legend for the color coded range maps, all presented within the Introduction, were also printed in the inside back and front covers. Reviews book review field guide Northern Central AmericaBirds know habitat.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition: A Field Guide Review

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Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer, which had just been published (and which National Geographic had kindly sent me for review). I’ll answer both questions at the end of this review. The answer takes one click (after you read this review). There are more subtle differences in the Rail plate at the beginning of this review, where two artists’ work is represented, and major differences in the Embeizids (Sparrows) section, especially amongst the Ammodramus species.