In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Jerome Jackson)

Ivory billed woodpecker said:  “Dear me! They’re cutting down my family tree; Where can I live, I’d like to know, If men will spoil the forest so?”  - Elizabeth Gordon I have always loved birds.  I have many childhood memories of basically memorizing field guides, then sitting at the big window looking out on my … Continue reading In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Jerome Jackson)

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The Call of the Wild, Part 2: Hal, Mercedes and Darla

As a result of a Facebook conversation the other day, I decided to expand a bit on a facet of The Call of the Wild I didn’t cover in my previous review:  some of its most infuriating characters, Hal and his sister Mercedes. A bit of background if you’re less than familiar.  Hal and Mercedes … Continue reading The Call of the Wild, Part 2: Hal, Mercedes and Darla

The Way of the Panda: The Curious History of China’s Political Animal (Henry Nicholls)

I read The Way of the Panda for two reasons. One, it’s partially about science, and I want to buck the American trend of scientific ignorance and make sure I’m informed about science topics. That’s cheating a bit, though, because of the second reason: this book combines animals and history. Animals – especially carnivores (in … Continue reading The Way of the Panda: The Curious History of China’s Political Animal (Henry Nicholls)

Carnivores of the World (Luke Hunter / illus. Priscilla Barrett)

I saw this book recommended a while back at one of my favorite science blogs, Darren Naish’s long-running Tetrapod Zoology. I go there more or less often depending on what I’m currently reading about, but seriously, if you like to geek out about weird animals, visit this blog. A quick look at the home page … Continue reading Carnivores of the World (Luke Hunter / illus. Priscilla Barrett)