Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City, by P. A. Buckley, Walter Sedwitz, William J. Norse, and John Kieran, Cornell University Press, 2018, hardcover, 536 pages.
New York City is arguably more important to American bird study than any other large metro area. It’s the home of the National Audubon Society and the Linnaean Society, to name a few important groups. The last book about the city’s birdlife, however, is more than 50 years old, so we’re thrilled with this new tome. It provides an historical analysis of the region’s birds from 1872 to 2016, describing 301 species plus 70 potential additions.