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  • The Dictionary of American Bird Names / by Ernest A.Choate (Still in print!)
    ISBN 0876451172 (paperback - also available in hardback) [about $11]

    "The Choate book is as small as Terres' is large, but both are packed with information. Some bird’s names are complicated in the telling, as in the Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, which takes on "mythological" proportions in Choate’s detailed account." 
    ~ Lois Clark


  • The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds / by Robert K. Terres (Out of print, but you can still order it.)
    ISBN 0517032880 (hardback) [out of print]

    "Terres’ book provides, among a myriad of other things, help with pronunciation. The following is an example of a portion of the information available in Terres’ book about one of our more common birds: "Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura (zen-AY-ih-dah mah-CROO-rah); genus name by Charles Lucien Bonaparte, French zoologist, in l838, in honor of his wife, Princess Zenaida Charlotte Julie Bonaparte, to a genus of doves that includes the Zenaida Dove, White-winged Dove, and, more recently, the Mourning Dove, (see American Ornithologist’ Union, l973); species name: from Gr. makros, long, and oura, tail; mourning, from inferred sadness of the bird’s call." 
    ~ Lois Clark, ( "A Starling by Any Other Name ..." -- September UCB Newsletter)

Non-birding Books


  • Butterflies of North America, (Kaufman field Guides)  by Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Sep 1, 2006),  Vinyl Bound: 392 pages
    ISBN: 0618768262  [about $15]
    (Recommended by Tony Jones)

  • The Moth Book: A Guide to Moths of North america , William Jacob Holland
    Dover Pubns  (June 1968). [Paperback] : 479 pages
    ISBN-10: 0486219488   [New about $275, Used as low as $6]

  • Peterson Field Guide to Butterfiles and Moths
    Paul A. Opler (Author), Roger Tory Peterson (Editor), Amy Bartlett Wright (Illustrator)
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2nd edition (February 20, 1998), [Paperback] 128 pages
    ISBN-10: 0395906652 [about $6]

Nature and Conservation

   Native American Books

  • Atlas of the North American Indian, Featuring over 100 two-colour maps, an informative text and handsome illustrations, this comprehensive reference work covers the entire history, culture and tribal locations of the Indian people of the United States, Canada and Middle American from pre-historic times to the present day. / by Carl Waldman
    ISBN 0816021368 (paperback.) [about $13]
    ISBN 0871968509 (hardcover) [about $35]
  • Black Elk Speaks, The legendary "Book Of Visions" of an American Indian / by John G. Neihardt
    ISBN 0671432680 (paperback.) [about $7 to $11]
  • Seven Arrows, A heartbreaking story of victory, defeat, and of a spiritual search in a profane world, this is the story of Night Bear and his people. It is the tale of the land they cherish and the lives they hold sacred, lived until the enemy can no longer be stopped, and the dead have few left to weep for them. / by Hyemeyohsts Storm
    ISBN 0345329015 (paperback.) [about $14] 


 Origami   (Suggested by Lois Clark)

  •  The Complete Book of Origami, by Robert J. Lang (1 Jan 1989)
    The place to start for origami.
    ISBN 0486258378 (160 pages) [about $11]
  • Origami Design Secrets, by Robert J. Lang (Nov 1, 2003)
    Lang's magnum opus on origami complete with mathematical basis for design.
    ISBN 1568811942 (585 page paperback) [about $45]
  • Origami Insects, by Robert J. Lang
    (Jun 20, 1995)
    ISBN 0486286029 ( page paperback) [about $11]
  • Origami Animals, by Robert J. Lang (1992)
    (used books available)
    ISBN 051707320X ( page paperback) [about $8 and up with shipping]

Maps & Atlases



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