Books, Field Guides and Such

MT Bats BookThe Secret Lives of Bats

A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared.

From menacing moonshiners and armed bandits to charging elephants and man-eating tigers, Merlin Tuttle has stopped at nothing to find and protect bats on every continent they inhabit. Enamored of bats ever since discovering a colony in a cave as a boy, Tuttle saw how effective photography could be in persuading people not to fear bats, and he has spent his career traveling the world to document them. To be released October 20, 2015.  Selena has ordered.

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Bluebird Guide

The Bluebird Monitor’s Guide

From coast to coast, in every state and province across North America, homeowners can attract bluebirds to their backyards and nearby open areas to nest. In this book, a select group of “bluebird monitors” reveal how it’s done: how you can attract bluebirds and, once they begin nesting in your backyard, how you can help ensure that nestlings develop and fledge successfully.  Although this book is no longer in print, it is available used, through Amazon and other sources.  Co-written by Texas Bluebird Society’s co-founder, Keith Kridler. Selena has a an autographed copy.  🙂

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Texas AmphibsTexas Amphibians:  A Field Guide

The only field guide focused exclusively on the state’s frogs, toads, and salamanders. It presents brief, general accounts of the two orders and fifteen families. Then it identifies each of the seventy-two species in detail, including size, description, voice (if applicable), similar species, distribution (with maps), natural history, reproduction, subspecies (if applicable), and comments and conservation information. Color photographs illustrate the species.  In Selena’s Library

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Sibley Guide

The Sibley Guide to Birds

The second edition (March 2014) is essentially an entirely new book created out of the raw materials of the first edition. Over 100 new species added, and over 600 new images. Most of the original paintings have been retouched in some way, and all are rescanned using the latest technology. The text is largely rewritten, maps are updated, and the layout is adjusted to allow more text and a more logical arrangement of text on each page.  Selena has two copies, of the first edition, in her library.  The original is so worn, that she had to buy a second one, plus she has the second edition.  🙂

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WesternGuideCover-371x600The Sibley Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guides to Birds East and West were both published in April 2003. They use the same artwork from the original Sibley Guide to Birds. These employ a different design, with each page divided into top and bottom halves, and the species info fit into that space. No changes were made to the artwork, but fewer illustrations are used in these smaller books. The text was largely rewritten. The largest differences being that the voice descriptions are simplified, and a sentence or two was added to each species describing the general status and habitat. Finally, the maps were completely revised for these books, using a team of over 100 experts from around the continent, compiled by Paul Lehman.

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EasternGuideThe Sibley Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

The Sibley Field Guides to Birds East and West were both published in April 2003. They use the same artwork from the original Sibley Guide to Birds. These employ a different design, with each page divided into top and bottom halves, and the species info fit into that space. No changes were made to the artwork, but fewer illustrations are used in these smaller books. The text was largely rewritten. The largest differences being that the voice descriptions are simplified, and a sentence or two was added to each species describing the general status and habitat. Finally, the maps were completely revised for these books, using a team of over 100 experts from around the continent, compiled by Paul Lehman.  In Selena’s Library

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Tex. Wildlife ID GuideTexas Wildlife Identification Guide

This PDF guide is a nice source for quick info about Texas wildlife.  It includes great photos, with easy to read information, although it does not provide the scientific name.  Obviously written for the every day person, it should be helpful to many.

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Birder's Conservation Handbook.jpgBirder’s Conservation Handbook – 100 North American Birds at Risk

This handbook, written by Jeff Wells, is very complete in the information provided on each bird.  Drawings of the birds, territory maps, as well as information on Status and Distribution, Ecology, Threats, Conservation Actions, as well as Conservation Needs are included in this resource.  This is definitely a tool for helping support our endangered birds.

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