Wayne MonesWayne Mones has been birding since he was ten years old. A member of the Audubon staff, Wayne frequently leads bird walks in and around New York City. He also leads Audubon Nature Odyssey trips to South and Central America, West Africa, New Zealand, and Mexico. Having started his birding life with a pair of WWII surplus binoculars (which Wayne swears weighed 5 pounds), he has spent the past four decades searching for the perfect birding optics. He is a former reviewer of binoculars for Better View Desired.
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Those seeking to understand fungi have, for the most part, had only two resources available: field guides to edible mushrooms, or graduate level textbooks.
Now, with the publication of The Kingdom of Fungi by Jens H. Petersen, we have a beautifully illustrated source of information about the phylogeny, ecology, and biology of these fascinating and important organisms.!--/end tags-->
Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm Petrels of North America, Steve N. G. Howell, Princeton University Press, 2012.
Tubenoses are tough. The members of this order of highly pelagic seabirds offer birders one of their thorniest identification challenges because they are all similarly shaped and colored, and because most of us don’t get to see them very often. If you want to learn seabirds, you will want this gorgeous new identification guide.!--/end tags-->
The birding fanatics and engineers at Swarovski have been acting as if their hair is on fire. More accurately – they seem to be channeling Steve Jobs. Introducing one great product after another, Swarovski has been doubling down its bets on the premise that greatness creates its own market.
Review: Swarovski EL 10x50 SV Binocular
For you 10x devotees I have some good news and some bad news. First the good news. Swarovski has added a 10x50 model to its incredible EL SV line. The bad news? If you look through them you will never be content with your current binoculars again, so don’t look or get ready to shell out some shekels.
Review: The View From Lazy Point: A Natural Year In An Unnatural World, Carl Safina, Henry Holt, 2011