Staff Pick
The beauty found in what is common is the theme of Lyanda Lynn Haupt's Mozart's Starling.  The author rescues an orphaned starling chick; soon a bond develops between her and one of these unloveliest of birds.  Haupt interweaves that story with an account of Mozart's pet starling, and what that can say about the way his music can still touch us: "Mozart's truest elegy for his small friend [was] to disturb us out of complacency: to show us the wild, imperfect murmuring harmony of the world we inhabit; to draw our own lives into the song.”
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ISBN: 9780316370899
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - April 4th, 2017

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Owls have been on Earth for 67 million years, and there are (as far as we know) 642 owl species and subspecies. Calvez, a naturalist and writer usually specializing in whales and dolphins, was suddenly smitten by these nocturnal birds of prey, and her charming book is her effort to discover “what does it mean to be an owl? What do they know?” Assisted by graceful pen-and-ink portraits of the birds by Tony Angell, Calvez introduces eleven types, from the Flammulated and Snowy Owls to Northern Pygmies and Burrowing Owls. She describes the “engineering” that makes them such superb hunters, maps their extraordinary long flights, and, sadly, reports their declining populations.

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ISBN: 9781632170255
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Published: Sasquatch Books - August 16th, 2016

Birds are so diverse and surprising that any book about them, especially one written by a scientist as deeply engaged with her subject as Ackerman, offers a host of new facts; here you’ll learn that turkeys are closer to dinosaurs than any other birds; that birds really do sleep with one eye open, and they also experience periods of REM sleep; that mockingbirds can imitate 200-plus songs, including ringing phones and truck back-up beeps. But Ackerman’s study focuses specifically on intelligence; she surveys  bird behavior world-wide, citing investigations of birds’ brain size and structure, their sensitivity to geomagnetism, their social networks, and much more.

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ISBN: 9781594205217
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Press - April 12th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780399563126
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Published: Penguin Books - April 11th, 2017