Book Review: Wisdom, the Midway Albatross

Wisdom watercolor artwork by Kitty Harvill

 

The theme of the book is survival, with threats ranging from plastic pollution in the ocean and scary stormy weather explained in simple but scientifically accurate language appropriate for young children. The environmental message is especially very clear without being too overbearing. The conclusion to each interlude is always the same - the positive message that Wisdom has survived.

I think this is a great picture book with a positive message to share with children. I give Wisdom 5 Goldfinches out of 5.

Disclosure: This is my own original, honest review of Wisdom, a copy of which was provided to me free of charge by the publisher.

What's a Nird? Funny Amazon.com Typo

A while back I came across a funny typo on Amazon.com. The title of the book RSPB British Birdfinder was instead indicated to be a Nirdfinder. The error has since been corrected.

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If you see an error in a product description or title on Amazon, it's easy to submit editing suggestions. Just scroll down to the bottom of the product page to the blue Feedback box and click on the appropriate link to either update product information or provide feedback on images or price.

Contest Alert: Bird Photo Booth

The Bird Photo Booth Facebook page is having a caption contest. The prize is a Bird Photo Booth; enter your best caption for this photo by February 24th. The top three "like"-getters will be entered in a bird-driven random drawing.

Promo Video: The New Birders

This short promotional video does a good job of explaining how some birders use birding smartphone apps in the field.

Movie Review: Hoot

Hoot is a comedy with a serious underlying message of conservation. The kids use some questionable methods to try and save the owl colony (like releasing potentially owl-eating snakes to combat guard dogs) and confrontations between the conservationists and those who would kill the owls range from silly to over-the-top dramatic. Looking over these goofy plot conventions, I enjoyed Hoot for the most part. The owls were cute (of course), the kids were passionate about their cause, and the anti-development message was clear.

The Hoot DVD is full of extras, including short documentaries on costar Jimmy Buffet and the three young stars, backyard habitat and animals in action. The most enjoyable for me was a short piece entitled "Visit an Animal Rescue Center." Bloopers and deleted scenes are also included in the extras. The DVD has one of the cutest menu navigations I've ever seen.

I give Hoot 3.5 Goldfinches out of 5.

Share Your Wingscapes Photos!

Did you get a new Wingscapes BirdCam for Christmas? Consider sharing your photos with the Wingscapes BirdCam Flickr group. The group is fun to browse, with BirdCammers located all over the world. Your photos can contribute! At one time the creators of the camera kept a life list of all species captured via their product; I'm not sure they still do this, but you never know. Your cam might just capture something that's never been BirdCammed before!

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Common Grackles enjoying suet balls in Florida: Caught on a Wingscapes BirdCam!