The very first printed bird book was published in 1544, The Principal Birds of Aristotle and Pliny, by the English physician and naturalist William Turner. 450 years later the tradition of printed books about birds is still going strong, here are some that certainly sparked my interest and could make a nice Christmas gift for someone:
In The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History Darrin Lunde, Museum Specialist in the Division of Mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, explores Teddy Roosevelt’s lifelong passion for the natural world and how he can be seen as a founding father of today’s museum naturalism.
One wild bird at a time: Portraits of Individual Lives by Bernd Heinrich is a collection of 17 unrelated chapters, each focusing on a particular bird – not a certain species as much as specific, individual birds. Heinrich describes many cool things about the birds that he encountered around his New England homes, such as Barred Owl, Great Crested Flycatcher, and Blue Jay. The most important things you will get out of this book are the reminder that birds are individuals and the realization that there is still much more to discover, even about our most common birds, and that anyone can do so.
Do you like the Crossley ID Guide series? Waterfowl, the fourth of these user-friendly guides, is forboth hunters and birders. Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or paint illustrations, this book features large, lifelike scenes. You will find your favorite waterbird depicted in its natural environment, in different plumages and age stages.
Noah Strycker reports on his quest to see half the world’s birds in one year (2015) in Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World. For 365 days, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets. So, be prepared for a whirlwind tour of the world while birding. Interspersed between travel and birding stories are history lessons, covering big year birding, and stories about the many and varied local birders helping him on his way. Eventually, Noah spotted 6,042 species, an astonishing number for one person in one year.