Books make great holiday gifts. Peruse some of our favorites.

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The Bird Name Book by Susan Myers

If you have ever wondered about the origins of the English words we use to name birds, this book is for you.

Bird Planet: A Photographic Journey by Tim Laman

Birder extraordinaire Tim Laman is a superstar in one of photography’s most challenging pursuits: In this coffee table book, Bird Planet takes the reader on a journey to the world of birds. Laman shares his best images of spectacular birds on all continents.

National Geographic Birding Basics: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Great Bird-watching by Noah Strycker

Targeted to beginners, this is not a field guide but a primer in best practices, authored by birding expert Noah Strycker.

Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard  by Joan Strassman

A one-of-a-kind guide to birding locally that encourages readers to slow down and notice the spectacular birds all around them.  Slow Birding is the perfect guide for the birder looking to appreciate the beauty of the birds right in their own backyard, observing keenly how their behaviors change from day to day and season to season.

Wilted Wings: A Hunter’s Fight for Eagles by Mike McTee

In this groundbreaking work, McTee, a hunter and wildlife researcher in western Montana, exposes a terrifying link between humans and eagles, while building the framework for how to safeguard these iconic raptors. After years of research and speaking with dozens of raptor experts, McTee discovers eagles across the United States have toxic lead lacing their veins, often from scavenging hunting remains peppered with bullet fragments. Armed with a background in chemistry and a deep knowledge of hunting, McTee latches to the issue, becoming an ambassador for eagles and lead-free bullets.