Reviews Archive

New Bird Biology text is worth the wait November 15, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Reviews

By Bob Lewis

In 2004, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology published the second edition of its Handbook of Bird Biology, a hefty volume of 11 chapters. It was in black and white, and Cornell offered a companion mail order course that seemed tempting to some at Golden Gate Audubon Society, but at the same time appeared daunting. Della Dash suggested we assemble a study group, and I ended up leading two year-long groups…

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The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds August 2, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Reviews

By Ilana DeBare

Birding helps us notice little wonders that we might otherwise take for granted — the California Towhee pair hopping in our backyard, never far from each other, or the Red-tailed Hawk regally surveying its world from a freeway sign over our traffic-clogged commute.

But sometimes even birders get complacent and take things for granted. “Another hawk, another towhee.” …

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A stunning bird atlas for Solano County November 21, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Reviews

By Ilana DeBare

Breeding Birds of Solano County is a breeding bird atlas like no other breeding bird atlas you’ve ever seen.

With a glossy, photo-filled hardcover format and and a weight of over five pounds, it is as beautiful as any coffee-table art book produced by a museum.

Just published by Napa-Solano Audubon Society, the atlas would make a splendid holiday gift not just for birders but for anyone…

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Indoor birding at the Bolinas Museum March 30, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Reviews

By Ilana DeBare

If you’re heading out for a day of birding at Point Reyes or Bolinas Lagoon in the next couple of months, consider adding an unusual stop.

A darkened room. Indoors. At the Bolinas Museum.

Through June 1, the museum is featuring an exhibit of over 100 bird photographs by Oakland artist Walter Kitundu. But this isn’t your standard series-of-framed-rectangles-on-a-wall.

The room…

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Great Bird Books for Kids December 1, 2013

Posted by Marissa Ortega Welch in Birding, Nature Education, Reviews

By Marissa Ortega-Welch

As an educator for Golden Gate Audubon Society,  I’m always searching for great books about birds to share with my students. I’ll admit I’m very picky. The books have to teach a concept but still be easy to read (3rd grade reading level). They should be factually-based but still entertaining, with good illustrations. And here’s my real pet peeve – they can’t be too…

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Birds of the Sierra Nevada September 25, 2013

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Reviews

By Burr Heneman and Janet Visick

We did our first high country trip in a long time in early August, and we took three of the best possible companions along with us: Ted Beedy, Ed Pandolfino, and Keith Hansen. They accompanied us in the form of their entertaining, informative, and beautifully illustrated and produced new Birds of the Sierra Nevada – Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution.* Thus …

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Freeway Birding – SF to Seattle August 27, 2013

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Reviews

By Sam Zuckerman

In the vast array of birding guides, it’s hard to stick out. Harry Fuller’s Freeway Birding: San Francisco to Seattle (Living Gold Press, 2013) distinguishes itself with a special hook. It only covers places to bird along the 800-mile Interstate 80 and I-5 corridor from San Francisco to Seattle. If a birding spot can’t be reached by taking a detour of 20 minutes or less, it’s not in …

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