|A Pacific Wren seen in Ucluelet BC this past summer. Tougher and messier to pluck than you might imagine! (By the way, what's coming out of that beak sounds much nicer than this picture looks!)|
|Dinosaur feathers embedded in amber|
Of course there’s an important Alberta connection here as University of Alberta researchers announced the discovery of the first fully preserved (three-dimensional) dinosaur feathers back in September. Here's a good summary of this science news if you aren't familiar with it:
While this development occurred well after the publishing date of “Feathers”, it only makes the book more relevant and timely. Feathers are an obvious but surprisingly complex aspect of birds and this book was a great read that taught me much about them.
|I'm taking this great idea from several other bird book sites because 1) most birders have a copy of "Big Sibley" and 2) it's irritating opening up the mail to find an unexpectedly tiny book (or an unexpectedly huge one!)|
"Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle" by Thor Hanson is published by Basic Books as a 352 page hardcover. A paperback edition is coming in June. The book is available on Amazon or Chapters for about $20.