Joanna Burger is a professor of biology at Rutgers University who teaches courses on animal behavior, ecology and ecological risk. The author of several books, she is an international birder involved in environmental research.
Packed with more than 500 striking color photographs and illustrations, this encyclopedic guide leaves no stone unturned in examining avian life.--Kim Castelberry"Outdoor Photographer" (12/01/2006) A very thumb-able coffee table book for anyone interested in avian fauna.--Richard Watts"Victoria Times-Colonist" (11/19/2006) Lovely to look at and makes a point of mixing the scientific and the popular, weaving among the 650 color photos and illustrations all manner of interesting tidbits.--Richard Helm"Edmonton Journal" (12/24/2006) Opens the eyes to the glamourous, endangered world of birds.--Mike Gillespie"The Record (Sherbrooke QC)" (11/17/2006) Hundreds of color photos, illustrations, and diagrams pack Birds: A Visual Guide, making it an eye-catching encyclopedic reference for anyone interested in birds of the world. General-interest lending [libraries] seeking suitable display books with eye-catching covers and presentations will want this.-- (07/01/2007) A very attractive volume. The text is accurate, readable and accessible to laypeople... hundreds of color photographs.-- (01/01/2007) Succeeds admirably as a primer on birds... the text considers all aspects of birds' lives... Beautifully illustrated.-- (09/15/2006) The subtitle is important here: This is a highly visual book with hundreds of high-quality color photos. In glorious, intriguing full-color photos and drawings, birds are shown in various aspects of their biology, behavior, variety, and impact on human life. The variety, number and quality of these pictures may lead you astray from the excellent, solid science found in the text. And the combination of beauty and fact is what makes the book especially worthwhile.-- (04/01/2009) Best Books for Children, 2007, Zoological Sciences--Science Books & Films (02/01/2008) Although its pages are packed with stunningly lovely photographs of birds, its more than just a book of eye candy... thoughtful and informative.-- (10/29/2006) Enlightening, lovely-to-look-at reference and resource... You'll also find up-to-the-date information on the conservation status of species at risk and learn lots of interesting tidbits.-- (10/01/2006) Explores the extraordinary diversity of birds... rich, full-color photos... in-depth information about specific birds detailing several species in each category.-- (10/21/2006) The book will open eyes to the glamorous, yet endangered, world of birds.--Ottawa Citizen (10/15/2006) A beautiful and informative book filled with startling images ... This is not just a pretty coffee table book, it's one you can use and your children can use and enjoy too.-- (11/19/2006) Informative and visually appealing ... The photographs by themselves make this a wonderful book for anyone interested in birds or simply in nature... substantive ... an excellent book for the beginner birder.-- (11/30/2006) [Globe and Mail 2006 Holiday Gift Book selection] A careful mix of the popular and scientific, greatly aided by more than 650 colour photographs and illustrations, Birds deal with the usual stuff ... but is also full of odd information.-- (12/09/2006) Besides more than half of the page space being taken up by photos, Birds is not just a coffee table picture book, but a comprehensive reference complete with annotated anatomical illustrations, maps, and microscopic photos of feathers and bone.... Students carrying out research with find this book to be both useful and easy to navigate. The detailed information and breathtaking photographs will fascinate seasoned bird lovers and budding ornithologists the world over.-- (12/01/2008) If a teacher could have only one bird book in the classroom, Birds: A Visual Guide is the book to choose.... This is an outstanding volume.... Valuable as a reference book ... it is fascinating just to read through.... The book would be appropriate for students from middle school through college.-- (10/01/2007) The photographs are remarkable, high quality, and often stunningly beautiful.... Informed, timely and well written.... This volume will be useful for its photography and as a reference work. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, general readers, and professionals/practitioners.-- (06/01/2007)