Books for Birders

A Birder's Guide to Virginia

By David W. Johnston

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Beginning birders often start by checking out their own neighborhoods. Most states will have their own guides, and this is an excellent one for our library's patrons.

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Adventures in Bird Watching

By Ken Dial

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Dial visits locales in the United States and Costa Rica to view birds native to the areas. Vol. 1. Florida wading birds ; Massachusetts songbirds -- Vol. 2. Washington predators ; Arizona hummingbirds -- Vol. 3. Rare birds of Costa Rica ; Prime tropical tropical real estate.

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And No Birds Sing: The Story of an Ecological Disaster in a Tropical Paradise

By Mark Jaffe

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Here is an environmental detective story. In the early 1960s, game wardens on Guam noticed a decline in the bird population. In 1980, biologist Julie Savidge was hired to solve the mystery and save the birds. When her research named the prime suspect few people believed her. This is the story of her hunt for evidence. It will make you worry about every plane that lands at Dulles.

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Bird Watcher

By David Burnie

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Part of DK Publishing's Nature Activities series for the younger crowd. Lots of photos!

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Birding by Ear

By Richard K. Walton

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Enables birders to recognize birds of eastern and central North America by their songs and calls. Points out exactly what to listen for to tell one bird from another. Available on both cassette and CD.

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Birding for Beginners

By Sheila Buff

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Like Sibley's Birding Basics, an excellent book to start with. It includes a guide and tips on how to identify birds as well as information on behavior, bird lists, and binoculars.

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Father Goose

By William Lishman

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"... this heartwarming story tells of William Lishman, a reclusive sculptor, who adopted a gaggle of geese, flew with them in an ultralight glider, and actually taught them to migrate--earning himself the nickname 'Father Goose.'"

Later, his book was made into the movie Fly Away Home, starring Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin.

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Follow That Bird: Around the World with a Passionate Bird-Watcher

By Bill Oddie

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Conservationist Oddie is best known in Britain for his role in the long-running TV comedy series "The Goodies." In this book he takes the reader on a bird-watching tour to such diverse places as Morocco, the Isles of Scilly, India, Ireland, the Shetland Islands, and Papua New Guinea. As he encountered many species of birds he also had several bizarre incidents along the way. This lighthearted book is illustrated with photos and the author's field sketches.

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Getting Started in Bird Watching

By Edward W. Cronin

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Learn how to become a competent birder in the shortest time possible. Birdwatching is the favorite sport of millions, but it can be frustrating for the beginner. Originally published in 1989, this concise volume was the first book designed to let the beginner in on the secrets of skilled birdwatching. Although especially valuable for beginners, the birding tips and regional checklists make this book useful for all birding enthusiasts.
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Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds

By Christopher Cokinos

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"Journey with Christopher Cokinos to a time when flocks of Passenger Pigeons blocked the sun and Carolina Parakeets colored the sky--according to one pioneer--'like an atmosphere of gems.' Driven by a desire to understand the lives of these now-extinct birds and how and why they vanished, Cokinos excavates crumbling newspapers and forgotten reports. From Bird Rock in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Louisiana's tangled bayous, he searches for those who loved the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Labrador Duck; for the people who stalked the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, the Heath Hen, and the Great Auk; and for those who tried to save them. A compelling blend of science, history, politics, and memoir, Hope Is the Thing with Feathers draws on previously unpublished photographs and original documents to make these long-vanished birds come alive. Cokinos delves into the mysterious sighting of Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers in April 1999; the incredible plan to create new Heath Hens on Martha's Vineyard; and the astonishing possibility that these extinct birds could be resurrected through the science of cloning."

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