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Our Feathered Friends


Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird by Andrew Blechman, 2006
True to its subtitle, an entertaining book on all things pigeons. Blechman immerses himself in the varied worlds of today’s pigeons (everyday street pigeons, racing pigeons, show pigeons, illegally-captured target pigeons, etc.) and also explores their place in history. Both humorous and informative, this title should appeal to birders and non-birders alike.
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The Grail Bird: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker by Tim Gallagher, 2005
Tim Gallagher’s firsthand account of the 2004 rediscovery of Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers (thought to be extinct for 60 years) in Arkansas. Since its publication, the key piece of Arkansas evidence – a few seconds of digital video footage of what looks to be an ivorybill - has been the source of much debate in the birding community. Despite said debate, this book is a great read, written in a compelling fashion with Tim and his likable search partner Bobby Harrison as the central figures.
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Ivorybill Hunters: The Search for Proof in a Flooded Wilderness by Geoff Hill, 2007
Geoff Hill’s firsthand account of his research team’s seemingly successful 2005/2006 search for Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers in the swamp forests of Florida’s panhandle. The Florida findings have kind of flown under the radar – but the overall evidence accumulated there is perhaps stronger than that of the Arkansas findings and the book is just as good too.
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The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley, 2000
An extremely thorough field guide to all of North America’s birds. Sibley’s multiple, superbly-detailed watercolor paintings for each species are nothing short of stellar. Highly recommended to anyone with even a slight interest in birding.
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- Submitted by Tom @ MPL Central


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