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Books about Tree Swallows, conservation, and more

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Tree Swallows are the subject of Bernd Heinrich's book White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows. Photo by Zena078.
Tree Swallows at a nestbox in Littleton, Colorado. The species is the subject of White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows. Photo by Zena078

The book round-up in our March/April 2020 issue featured Bernd Heinrich’s insights into the nesting lives of Tree Swallows, Doug Tallamy’s urge to plant native plants, and more.

White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree SwallowsWhite Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows, by Bernd Heinrich, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020, hardcover, 256 pages, $27.

Each spring over the last decade or so, Bernd Heinrich, the author of beloved books such as Ravens in Winter, A Naturalist at Large, and others, paid close attention to the Tree Swallows that nested in a nest box near his Maine cabin. He noticed, among other details of their lives, that they have a clear preference for white feathers as nest lining. He offers his insights in this engaging new book.

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Birds in Minnesota: Revised and Expanded EditionBirds in Minnesota: Revised and Expanded Edition,  by Robert B. Janssen, University of Minnesota Press, 2020, paperback, 624 pages, $34.95.

In the nearly half-century since the first publication of the landmark Birds in Minnesota, the state and its bird populations have undergone dramatic changes. This newly revised, expanded edition, featuring info on 443 bird species found in the state, reflects those changes as well as the most recent advances in birding, making it the indispensable resource for birdwatchers in the Gopher State. 

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Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your YardNature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard, by Douglas W. Tallamy, Timber Press, 2020, hardcover, 256 pages, $29.95.

Douglas Tallamy, the author of the acclaimed Bringing Nature Home, is back with a new book that may prove to be just as important as his first. In short, the book encourages everyone to plant more native plants to address the ongoing declines in wildlife populations. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide habitats for birds and other animals. Tallamy answers frequently asked questions about native plants, and he recognizes the key role of insects in our world.

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Pacific Flyway: Waterbird Migration from the Arctic to Tierra del FuegoPacific Flyway: Waterbird Migration from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, by Audrey DeLella Benedict, Geoffrey A. Hammerson, and Robert W. Butler, Sasquatch Books, 2020, paperback, 176 pages, $24.95.

This lovely book focuses on the remarkable migration of shorebirds, seabirds, and waterfowl along the Pacific Flyway, made vivid through more than 120 images from internationally acclaimed photographers. Through words and pictures, it argues that the champion migrants are “winged messengers” and that humans should heed the proverbial cry that the birds of our oceans and shores are making about our world.

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