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December Report 2004

Good Ideas for the Holidays

The Bird Almanac: A Guide to Essential Facts and Figures of the Worlds Birds, Revised and Updated, by David M. Bird, Ph.D. (Firefly Books, 2004, 460 p., softcover, $22.95, ISBN: 1-55297-925-3). "It's the Rosetta Stone to birds and bird-watching" - Pete Dunne, Vice President of the New Jersey Audobon Society and Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory.

On The Wild Side: Experiments in New Naturalism, by Kieth Wiley (Timber, 2004, 256 p., color photos, hardcover, $34.95). "Within two sections the book offers practical advice about how to manage soil, create drainage systems, and monitor wild plants' self seeding. Included are beautifully illustrated ideas about how to create distinctive looks reflecting settings from cliff tops to deserts. The second section of the book is devoted to a topic that doesn't get attention in most gardening books: how plants look when they're flowerless and how they shape a landscape." - Science News, "Books," Sept. 11 2004 Vol. 166 p. 175.

Landscaping for Wildlife: A guide to the Southern Great Plains (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003, 224 p., softcover, $28.95, to order call 1 (800) 627-7377) Although written for the southern great plains area, much of the information applies to most areas. Recommended by Progressive Farmer Magazine.

Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle for Water in a World About to Run Out, by Jeffrey Rothfeder (Tarcher Putnam, 2001, 205 p., hardcover, $24.95, ISBN: 1-58542-114-6) Looming as large or larger than the oil crisis is the growing shortage of potable water worldwide. As Rothfeder details, global consumption of water doubles about every 20 years while the amount of potable water declines; population and pollution increase. Issues include ownership of the world's water supply; antiquated water systems and often disastrous attempts to control waterways. Is water a commodity or privilege rather than a right? Rothfeder addresses these questions and ways water demands might be met through the rest of the 21st century. A good place to begin solving a huge problem, recommended by Science News Magazine.

Wishing You the Best of Love and Happy Holidays.


--Wild Birds for the 21st Century
JE Sutter, Director
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