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Upcoming bird books you don’t want to miss

Drew Weber|

There are many great bird books and field guides that were recently released, or are still going to be released this year. Check out our top list of our favorites and what we think are the most promising. Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul Covering 39 species of owls, this book includes detailed …

Review: The Warbler Guide

Drew Weber|

The Warbler Guide Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle 560 pp. | 6 x 8 1/2 | 1,000+ color illus. 50 maps Princeton University Press | 2013 Get it on Amazon Ok, let’s just get this out of the way right now. The Warbler Guide is the coolest, most informative bird identification guide to be released since the original Sibley Guide …

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Preview of The Warbler Guide

Drew Weber|

The Warbler Guide cover

One of my most anticipated releases of the summer is The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle. It has been a long time since a book devoted to warblers has been released and it looks like they really went all out on this one. Release is in July and you can be sure we will get our hands …

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Review: Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians

Justine Weber|

As I sit at my desk on a very rainy Syracuse morning, I’m beginning to feel excited – and impatient – about spring migration. It has started right? I don’t have to worry about the 6 inches of snow I saw in a New York fen on Thursday to convince me otherwise, right? Right? If you’re feeling this same impatience …

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Review: Birds of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire

Drew Weber|

Birds of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire by Bart de Boer, Eric Newton & Robin Restall introduced me to the avian life of an area I had never paid attention to before. If you are not familiar with these islands, they are off the north coast of Venezuela in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea. The islands arose from the …

Review: Audubon Birds, now with more eBird

Drew Weber|

Audubon Birds – A Field Guide to North American Birds v1.9 $19.99 from the Green Mountain Digital A new version of Audubon Birds: A field guide to North American Birds was just recently released and I’ve now had some time to use it and check out the new features. The main part of the app is the field guide. What sets …

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Sibley iPad update

Drew Weber|

Just today I downloaded a welcome and overdue update to the The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America app which enables the iPad to display all the illustrations at fullscreen. Due to the different screen resolutions of iPads and iPhone, apps that weren’t originally made for iPads were not shown full-screen. Rather they were shown in a small …

Review: Birds of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific

Drew Weber|

This review was contributed by Cameron Rutt, a good friend of mine who is currently in the middle of a six month stint living on the island of Laysan and working on the reintroduction program for Millerbirds. In many respects, this book is a follow-up to “A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific” (Pratt et …

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Review: Mammals of North America, second edition

Justine Weber|

It should be immediately stated that I am most definitely not the bird enthusiast in the Weber household. Indeed, while Drew can easily get up at 4am to find some passing warblers, or stare through a scope at a flock of gulls for (what may seem like) hours, I enjoy sleeping in until the sun rises and there are times …

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Review: Hawks at a Distance by Jerry Liguori

Alex Lamoreaux|

Hawks at a Distance; if you are a hawk-watcher and general hawk-freak (like me), then you too have been waiting for this book to come out ever since rumors of it started to make their way through the birding community. How could a hawk ID book get any better than Liguori’s first book, Hawks from Every Angle we all asked… …