“Backyard Bird Feeding: An Alberta Guide” Giveaway Reminder!

BBF front coverThere are two days days left to enter my giveaway for a copy of the brand new Backyard Bird Feeding: An Alberta Guide

To enter the giveaway, please comment on this post down below (or on my previous one) with the name of your favourite feeder bird or feeder species.

For a second entry, head over to my Facebook page Prairie Birder as well as the Ellis Bird Farm’s Facebook page and “Like” them both. For a third entry, use the hashtag  on Twitter. For a fourth entry, share my original post on Facebook (linked here) to your Facebook page/wall.

Please mention below in your comment that you have “Liked”, shared, or tweeted (if you’ve already liked our pages, that still counts).

The deadline to enter is this Saturday, December 5th. After a random draw, I’ll announce the winner on Sunday, December 6th.

By the way, for those in the Vermilion area, you’ll have the chance to meet the author, Myrna Pearman, and get your autographed copy of the book on Saturday, December 12th, in Vermilion. details to come soon!

Good luck to everyone!

Giveaway Contest for “Backyard Bird Feeding: An Alberta Guide”

BBF front coverI’m thrilled to announce a giveaway for the new book Backyard Bird Feeding: An Alberta Guide by Myrna Pearman. Myrna is a nature photographer and writer, and has been the biologist and site services manager at the Ellis Bird Farm near Lacombe, Alberta, since 1986. All the proceeds from the sale of the guide go to support programs at the Ellis Bird Farm.

The book has been completely updated and revised since the first edition was published in 1991. The new guide covers feeding birds in all seasons, how to deal with unwanted visitors at your station, bird feeding myths, and much more.

I’m honoured to have a photograph in the guide — my Northern Shrike picture on page 57; anyone with a photo in the guide received a complimentary copy. When I was emailing back and forth with Myrna earlier this fall, I asked about the possibility of a copy to give away on my blog, and Mynra very generously sent along a second one, also autographed.

To enter the giveaway, please comment on this post below with your favourite feeder bird or feeder species.

For a second entry, head over to my Facebook page Prairie Birder as well as the Ellis Bird Farm’s Facebook page and “Like” them both. For a third entry, use the hashtag  on Twitter. For a fourth entry, share my original post on Facebook (linked here) to your Facebook page/wall.

Please mention below in your comment that you have “Liked”, shared, or tweeted (if you’ve already liked our pages, that still counts).

The deadline to enter is Saturday, December 5th. After a random draw, I’ll announce the winner on Sunday, December 6th.

Good luck to everyone!

Passenger Pigeon Book Winners!

Congratulation to Bob L. and Jennifer, the winners of this month’s double book giveaway of The Passenger Pigeon by Errol Fuller, published by Princeton University Press (September 2014). Thank you to everyone who entered, and especially to Jessica Pellien from Princeton University Press for making the giveaway possible.

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Passenger Pigeon Book Giveaway

PassengerPigeonbookAs part of the commemorations marking the centennial year of the last Passenger Pigeon’s death, Princeton University Press is sponsoring a giveaway of two print copies of the new book, The Passenger Pigeon by Errol Fuller.

Mr. Fuller is a world authority on bird and animal extinction and is an acclaimed artist and writer. His books include Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record, Extinct Birds, and Dodo: From Extinction to Icon.

To enter the contest, just leave your comment in this post with the name of which extinct bird you find most interesting.

The deadline to enter is December 9th. After two random draws, I’ll announce the winners on Thursday, December 10th.

Some reviews of The Passenger Pigeon to whet your interest:

GrrlScientist’s review for The Guardian
Grant McCreary’s review for The Birder’s Library
Adrian Barnett’s review for New Scientist
Donna’s review for 10,000 Birds

Good luck everyone!

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When I was in Washington, DC earlier this month, I was fascinated by the “Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The display features four of North American’s extinct avian species: the Carolina Parakeet, Heath Hen, Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon.

In the Passenger Pigeon display, Martha, the last known of her species, sits mounted on a branch. She died in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.

The exhibit, which runs through January 3, 2016 (extended from the original closing date of October 2015), is well worth seeing if you go to Washington, DC.

Birding eBooks Giveaway Reminder!

There are still several days left to enter my giveaway for copies of the eBook editions of Ten Thousand Birds and The Unfeathered Bird!

To enter the contest, just leave a comment in this post (or my previous one) with the name of which of the two ebooks you’d prefer. For a second entry, head over to my Facebook page and “Like” it. Please mention below in your comment that you’ve done so. After two random draws, I’ll announce the winners on February 22nd.

Good luck to everyone!

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“Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland” Giveaway Reminder!

CrossleyB&IThere are still several days left to enter my giveaway for a copy of the brand new Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland. I’ve been reading through my copy of the guide and it’s great — very helpful for learning birds from across the pond!

To enter the contest, just leave a comment in this post (or my previous one) with the name of your favorite British or Irish bird by December 19th. After a random draw, I’ll announce the winner on December 21st, a wonderful way to celebrate the solstice and bring some extra cheer to the shortest day of the year!

Good luck to everyone!

“Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland” Giveaway!

CrossleyB&IOver the past few months, there’s been a lot of buzz about Richard Crossley’s and Dominic Couzen’s new ID Guide to Britain & Ireland, published by Princeton University Press. The Britain & Ireland guide follows the same principle as previous Crossley books (which I’ve written about here and here). The book features more than 300 regularly occurring species of Britain and Ireland and fabulous photographs!

There was blog tour this Autumn for the guide with some of the blogs hosting giveaways, including the Princeton University Press blog and 10,000 Birds. I was very excited a few weeks ago to learn that I had won a copy of the book from the Princeton blog’s contest, but earlier this week I received an email from Cory at 10,000 Birds saying that I had won a copy in their giveaway. (By the way, the video featuring Cory’s son is adorable.)

So, I’m holding a contest to give away a copy of the new Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland. The lucky winner will receive a copy straight from Princeton University Press, in time for some great birding in the New Year.

To enter the contest, just leave a comment in this post with the name of your favorite British or Irish bird by December 19th. After a random draw, I’ll announce the winner on December 21st, a wonderful way to celebrate the solstice and bring some extra cheer to the shortest day of the year!

Good luck to everyone!

Great thanks to Cory from 10,000 Birds and Jessica from Princeton University Press for the opportunity to hold this contest.

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Edited to add:

I received my copy of the guide yesterday in the mail from Princeton University Press and it looks great! I can’t wait to start learning my British and Irish birds. Thanks so much again Princeton,

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