Henry T. Armistead

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In a Land of Awe: Finding Reverence in the Search for Wild Horses

Highly recommended for public libraries and lower-level undergraduate academic ones.

The Complete Birds of the World: Every Species Illustrated

In spite of its many virtues, this volume is liable to be thoroughly eclipsed by Joseph del Hoyo’s All the Birds of the World, which depicts 11,524 species, based on all four major world lists; is 311 pages longer; and boasts superior art and more maps (well worth the higher price, about $100). Still, Arlott and van Perlo’s work is a strong addition for larger collections.

Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore

Leahy’s breadth of knowledge is impressive, and he expresses it beautifully, allowing readers to easily absorb his many salient points. Most highly recommended for all libraries serving young adults and older, and for all academic libraries, especially those that don’t already have The Birdwatcher’s Companion.


AMNH Birds of North America

Highly recommended, but not crucial for libraries that already have an earlier edition or the National Geographic title.

What It’s Like To Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing, and Why

Similar to his guidebooks, this work will be of great interest to birders, naturalists, behaviorists, and enjoyers of wildlife art.

In Search of Meadowlarks: Birds, Farms, and Food in Harmony with the Land

Highly recommended for all interested in agriculture, ranching, natural history, conservation, sustainability, and ecology.

White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows

This inviting work will draw in naturalists and birders, along with anyone wishing to learn more about animal behavior from a trusted guide.

American Birds: A Literary Companion

An enjoyable anthology for naturalists, especially birders, and those who enjoy literature.

Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth’s Most Vital Frontlines

A vital work for all interested in natural and human history, logging, agriculture, environmental politics, and geography.


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