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A Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds, 2nd Edition - written by Paul Baicich and Colin Harrison

This is a new edition of a must-have book for avian rehabilitators. It provides a basic anatomy of chicks, and solid descriptions of nests, nestlings, and eggs. There are over 100 pen and ink drawings, 16 color plates of nestlings and color plates of 597 types of eggs that will help guide you in the proper identification of 669 breeding birds from the Arctic to the southern borders of the United States. This is a bargain for the price! Fully indexed and referenced.
This 347 page is book 9" by 6", ©1997


Raccoons: A Natural History - written by Samuel Zeveloff and illustrated by Elizabeth Dewitte

Finally, a new raccoon book! Just published with all the usual chapters on the origins of the species, distribution and subspecies, social organization, family structure, reproduction and development, management, mortality and disease. But the fun starts really with the chapter introducing the masked bandit where their many characteristics are introduced, including folklore and early history with man. Additionally, the Form and Function chapter covers their physical characteristics from head to toe and is full of interesting information on their abilities, including an interesting map of sensory communication between the various parts of their paw and the tactile receiving area in their brain. The volume is peppered with raccoon black and white photos and pen and ink drawings. There are references for each chapter, a plus.
200 pp. 9" x 6", paperback, indexed, ©2002


The Sibley Guide to Birds - written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley

The latest in bird guide books. It has all the usual features such as range maps and vital statistics, including body weights, voice, and habitat. This book also contains excellent drawings, including juvenile, adult breeding, non-breeding, and in-flight drawings. This is a must for rehabbers, especially those doing intake or rescues. So much color at such a bargain price.
544 pp. 9.75" x 7.25", paperback, indexed, ©2000


Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies and Jays by Candace Savage

This book is beautiful enough to be a coffee table book. However, in addition to the many gorgeous photos of corvids worldwide, there is a lot of information on how these birds operate in the natural world. Besides exploring intelligence and memory, this book includes information on the cultural impact corvids have had on mankind.
134 pp. 10" x 10", paperback, indexed, ©1995


Beavers: A Wildlife Handbook by Kim Long

We have all been waiting for a good natural history book on beavers and Kim Long has done yet another species profile that rehabilitators will want. As with his other natural history books, this one includes folklore from Native Americans, including the native words for beaver in many languages. For those involved in environmental education, this book is rich with material. For the rehabber, this book contains excellent drawings of beaver anatomy, as well as comparisons and drawings of closely related species such as the Nutria, Muskrat, and the “unbeaver”, Aplodontia. This book is a solid source of information on reproduction, food, communications, predators, locomotion, survival skills, and territory. This book also includes a chapter on beaver diseases and parasites. For the conservationist, this book includes information on the history of beaver skin trade, ecology of beaver ponds, beaver control, and species restoration.
182 pages, 5.5" x 7", paperback, referenced, indexed, ©2000

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The Hummingbird Wheel by Texas Parks and Wildlife Nongame and Urban Program

This 10" cardboard wheel has excellent color drawings of all species of hummingbirds found in North America. A concise identification description is given for each species, along with range. The back of the wheel contains information on occasional visiting species, feeding hummers, and fun facts on natural history, anatomy, and physiology of these tiny birds.


The American Robin by Roland H. Wauer

For both the serious songbird rehabilitator and other bird lovers, this book contains physiological data (weights, measurements, body temperature) and a lot of natural history information. It is organized with chapters on robin facts and fiction, description, distribution, behavior, life history, enemies, and threats. This book also includes chapters on other North American Thrushes and how to invite thrushes to your home.
93 pages, color photos, 9.25" x 5.75", hardback, referenced, no index, ©1999

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Owls: A Wildlife Handbook by Kim Long

For the price, you can't go wrong on this pocketbook profile of North American Owls. Each of the 19 species included has a beautiful watercolor portrait, accompanied by concise vital statistics including range (with map), measurements, habitat, habits, calls, etc. Additionally, there are chapters on owl lore, superstitions, owl names, evolution, anatomy, senses (sight, hearing), diet, pellets, reproduction, nests, mortality and disease, calls, territory, migration, mobbing, endangered owl species, owl watching and making owl houses (complete with plans). The resources section includes written references, online references, and organizations that deal with owl conservation and sell owl pellets. Whether you teach environmental education in the schools, rehabilitate owls, or just want to know all you can about these incredibly specialized birds, this is a must-have book. This book has many pen and ink drawings that really add to its usefulness.
181 pages, watercolor drawings, 8" x 5.5", paperback, referenced, indexed, ©1998


A Rabies, Lyme Disease, Hanta Virus and Other Animal-Borne Human Diseases in the United States and Canada by E. Lendell Cockrum, Ph.D.

This book includes the ABC's of safety first, natural history profiles of the main vector species of bats, rodents and rabbits of the United States and Canada, overview of the many zoonotic diseases—including methods of transmission, special precautions that wildlife rehabilitators or others who may come in contact with wildlife should observe to avoid infection, normal animal behavior patterns, symptoms of disease in humans, and strategies for avoiding contact with disease-bearing animals. This book contains a zoonotic disease overview of all the major viruses, rickettsia, bacterial, fungal and parasitic diseases in North America. It is written for people who have no special medical training and is well suited for the general public, especially those who venture outdoors. Wildlife rehabilitators will also find the information quite current and useful.
146 pages, 6"x 9", indexed, referenced, bound soft cover, ©1997


Hummingbirds: A Wildlife Handbook by Kim Long

A combination of natural history/forklore and field guide with beautiful color drawings of the 15 species of hummingbirds that regularly inhabit the United States. This book is full of interesting information, complete with drawings on the unique anatomy and physiology of hummingbirds. Other topics include molting, torpor, albinos, diet, flight, migration, reproduction, nesting, predators, territory, life span and mortality, and information for backyard birds wishing to attract them. This book also contains resource lists of products mentioned in the text and on-line resources for those wishing more information.
182 pp. 5.5" x 8", paperback, indexed, ©1997


The Mockingbird by Robin Doughty

Contains natural history text that details the life cycle of the species. This book includes information on food and mating habits, nesting, song and mimicry, and habitat.
80 pp. 16 color photos, 5.75" x 9.25", paperback, ©1988


Squirrels: A Wildlife Handbook by Kim Long

A combination of natural history/folklore and field guide. This book contains a detailed summary of vital statistics on the nine species found in the United States, including color drawings of each species. Topics covered in the book include evolution, climbing abilities, tracks, sounds, feeding habits, reproduction, pest problems, endangered squirrel species, migration, causes of mortality, myths and folklore. For those interested in attracting squirrels into their yards, drawings and instructions are given to make squirrel houses.
192 pp. 6" x 9", paperback, indexed, ©1995


The North American Porcupine by Uldis Roze Ph.D.

A naturalist-style book that chronicles the annual cycle of these unique animals. This book contains information on Native American interactions and historical uses of porcupines, defense reactions, interesting anatomy, social structure, and parasites. The wildlife rehabilitator faced with a young orphan will find this book useful in providing the information needed to appropriately rear the animal (growth data, maternal care, estimated periods of lactation etc.).
261 pp. 6" x 9", paperback, indexed, ©1989


American Wildlife and Plants: A Guide to Wildlife Food Habits by Alexander Martin, Herbert Zim and Arnold Nelson

A 1951 book that provides a food source analysis by season for over 1000 species of North American wildlife. This book lists specific plant and animal foods, gives an indication of their frequency as a diet item and an estimate of the percent of the diet a given item provides. A must for novice wildlife rehabilitators.
500 pp. 5.5" x 8.5" paper back, indexed, ©1951
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The Cardinal by June Osborne

Follows a year in the life of a Northern Cardinal. This portrait in natural history provides much insight into the habits and survival skills of these birds. The text provides specific information on incubation, nesting, age of independence, brood parasitism, and molts—all items of interest to the passerine rehabilitator.
128 pp. 17 color photos, map, line drawings, 5.5" x 9", paperback, no index, ©1992
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