Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Date of this Version



“Book Review,” from Nebraska Bird Review (September 1984) 52(3).


Copyright 1984 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


Birding with a Purpose: Of Raptors, Gabboons, and Other Creatures, Frances Hamerstrom, 130 pp., 6¼ x 9¼, The Iowa State University Press, Ames. Hardcover, $13.95.

These are snippets—interesting, amusing, sometimes amazing—from Mrs. Hamerstrom’s long experience with birds and birders. She devised her own methods of marking individual birds so they could be recognized while flying free; she had to learn about trapping raptors and adapting these traps to different species; she had run-ins with authorities, and was helped by individual law enforcement officers; and she had problems (as so did others) with five high school boys who attached themselves to her; and other items. Read all about it! (Oh, yes, a gabboon is her term for a volunteer assistant in the field.)