Pete Dunne s Essential Field Guide Companion

Author: Pete Dunne
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544135680
Release Date: 2013-01-08
Genre: Nature

In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks. After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance. This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Pete Dunne combines a unique playfulness with the work of identification. Readers will delight in his nicknames for birds, from the Grinning Loon and Clearly the Bathtub Duck to Bronx Petrel and Chicken Garnished with a Slice of Mango and a Dollop of Raspberry Sherbet.

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America

Author: Nathan Pieplow
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547905600
Release Date: 2017-03-07
Genre: Nature

The first comprehensive guide to the sounds of eastern North American birds, featuring an innovative visual index that allows readers to quickly look up unfamiliar sounds in the field.​ Bird songs and calls are just as important as visual field marks in identifying birds. But until now, the only way to learn them was by memorization. With this groundbreaking book, it’s possible to visually distinguish bird sounds and identify birds using a field guide format. At the core of this guide is the spectrogram, a visual graph of sound. With a brief introduction to five key aspects—speed, repetition, pauses, pitch pattern, and tone quality—readers can learn to visualize sounds, without any musical training or auditory memorization. Picturing sounds makes it possible to search this book visually for a bird song heard in the field. The Sound Index groups similar songs together, narrowing the identification choices quickly to a brief list of birds that sound alike. Readers can then turn to the species account for more information and/or listen to the accompanying audio tracks available online, through Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. Identifying birds by sound is arguably the most challenging and important skill in birding. This book makes it vastly easier to master than ever before.

The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas

Author: Brainard L. Palmer-Ball, Jr.
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813159003
Release Date: 2015-01-13
Genre: Nature

Ten years in the making, The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas presents the results of a seven-year survey of all birds that nest in the Bluegrass State, providing photographs of each species. This work summarizes the distribution and abundance of these bird species, and describes such recent phenomena as the invasions of the Blue Grosbeak and House Finch and the notable decline of other familiar species. Introductory material outlines the methodology used to complete the survey and summarizes its results. Of particular interest, this work helps to document the effect human alteration of the landscape has had on our bird populations. Some of the most common and widespread species in Kentucky today, for example, may have been among the most rare only two hundred years ago. Information for each species includes its current and historical status in the state, habitat preferences, specific details of the construction and placement of nests, and other pertinent aspects of nesting biology. Results of the survey are organized by physiographic region and degree of forestation. For rare or locally distributed species, more specific details concerning individual breeding records are given. Accompanying maps plot each species' distribution and abundance within the state. An additional section briefly summarizes the former status of twelve extinct or extirpated species. The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas is sponsored by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in cooperation with the Kentucky Ornithological Society.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America

Author: Jesse Fagan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544867109
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Genre: Nature

A field guide to the birds of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, abundantly illustrated and with comprehensive coverage of both endemic and migrant birds Birding is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry in northern Central America, and this is the newest and best bird field guide to this region—the first new bird guide in over ten years for the countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This guide is far more complete than previous ones, with more than 800 species accounts, full-color range maps, and 1,000 beautiful illustrations and behavioral vignettes covering all species recorded in the region. This guide is designed for birders to carry in the field, and it is a must-have for any birder who visits the area.

A Field Guide to the Birds

Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0395963710
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Nature

Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Peterson's field guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement. By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative skills of an artist and writer, Peterson created a field guide that Robert Bateman, in his foreword to the fifth edition, says was the doorway for millions of people into the wonderland of natural history. The Peterson Identification System has been used in the more than fifty books that make up the Peterson Field Guide series. Peterson's magnum opus, now in its fifth edition, created the trail for countless field guides to follow. They are still following year by year, but his is the standard by which all other field guides are judged. On the morning of July 28, 1996, Roger Peterson was painting his final bird plate. He died peacefully in his sleep later that day. It is fitting that his final work--a culmination of more than sixty years of observing, painting, and writing--should be this one, a revision of the guide that started his legacy.

Weeds of Kentucky and Adjacent States A Field Guide

Author: Patricia Dalton Haragan
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813127327
Release Date: 1991
Genre: History

" Among the darkest corners of KentuckyÕs past are the grisly feuds that tore apart the hills of Eastern Kentucky from the late nineteenth century until well into the twentieth. Now, from the tangled threads of conflicting testimony, John Ed Pearce, KentuckyÕs best known journalist, weaves engrossing accounts of six of the most notorior accounts to uncover what really happened and why. His story of those days of darkness brings to light new evidence, questions commonly held beliefs about the feuds, and us and long-running feudsÑthose in Breathitt, Clay Harlan, Perry, Pike, and Rowan counties. What caused the feuds that left Kentucky with its lingering reputation for violence? Who were the feudists, and what forcesÑsocial, political, financialÑhurled them at each other? Did Big Jim Howard really kill Governor William Goebel? Did Joe Eversole die trying to protect small mountain landowners from ruthless Eastern mineral exploiters? Did the Hatfield-McCoy fight start over a hog? For years, Pearce has interviewed descendants of feuding families and examined skimpy court records and often fictional newspapeputs to rest some of the more popular legends.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of California

Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544022904
Release Date: 2012-10-02
Genre: Nature

Identifying a bird is just a tap away with the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of California. Peterson's art, conveying each bird's essence, and the innovative Peterson Identification System, are all at the casual bird watcher's disposal. 579 species are in this visual treasure chest. Arrows point to the key field marks that distinguish each species, and range maps tell users where and when to find the birds. Add in descriptions of habitats, vocalizations, similar species, and an easy-to-use index, and a bird watcher is fully prepared to enjoy the natural wonders of California.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Massachusetts

Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544022881
Release Date: 2012-10-02
Genre: Nature

Identifying a bird is just a tap away with the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Massachusetts. Peterson's art, conveying each bird's essence, and the innovative Peterson Identification System, are all at the casual bird watcher's disposal. 439 species are in this visual treasure chest. Arrows point to the key field marks that distinguish each species, and range maps tell users where and when to find the birds. Add in descriptions of habitats, vocalizations, similar species, and an easy-to-use index, and a bird watcher is fully prepared to enjoy the natural wonders of Massachusetts.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Pennsylvania

Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544022140
Release Date: 2012-10-02
Genre: Nature

Identifying a bird is just a tap away with the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Pennsylvania. Peterson's art, conveying each bird's essence, and the innovative Peterson Identification System, are all at the casual bird watcher's disposal. 394 species are in this visual treasure chest. Arrows point to the key field marks that distinguish each species, and range maps tell users where and when to find the birds. Add in descriptions of habitats, vocalizations, similar species, and an easy-to-use index, and a bird watcher is fully prepared to enjoy the natural wonders of Pennsylvania.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Florida

Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544022898
Release Date: 2012-10-02
Genre: Nature

Identifying a bird is just a tap away with the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Florida. Peterson's art, conveying each bird's essence, and the innovative Peterson Identification System, are all at the casual bird watcher's disposal. 460 species are in this visual treasure chest. Arrows point to the key field marks that distinguish each species, and range maps tell users where and when to find the birds. Add in descriptions of habitats, vocalizations, similar species, and an easy-to-use index, and a bird watcher is fully prepared to enjoy the natural wonders of Florida.

Birds of Prey of the Midwest Field Guide

Author: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Adventure Publications
ISBN: 9781591932475
Release Date: 2010-05-05
Genre: Nature

Identifying birds of prey is easier than ever! This field guide features Midwest birds of prey only - all of the hawks, eagles, falcons, kites, vultures and owls found in the Midwest. Organized for efficient use, the book offers fact-filled information that's accessible for beginners but informative for more experienced birders. Stunning photos, naturalist information, interesting gee-whiz facts and a Quick-Compare section help to make watching raptors more enjoyable, informative and productive.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Ohio

Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544022843
Release Date: 2012-10-02
Genre: Nature

Identifying a bird is just a tap away with the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Ohio. Peterson's art, conveying each bird's essence, and the innovative Peterson Identification System, are all at the casual bird watcher's disposal. 390 species are in this visual treasure chest. Arrows point to the key field marks that distinguish each species, and range maps tell users where and when to find the birds. Add in descriptions of habitats, vocalizations, similar species, and an easy-to-use index, and a bird watcher is fully prepared to enjoy the natural wonders of Ohio.

Florida s Birds

Author: David S. Maehr
Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc
ISBN: 1561643351
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Nature

This illustrated guide to Florida's birds includes full-color illustrations and detailed descriptions of each species, and covers such topics as exotic and endangered species; bird conservation and study; finding, attracting, and feeding birds, bird problems, and the care of sick and injured birds.

The Backyard Bird Lover s Field Guide

Author: Sally Roth
Publisher: Rodale Press
ISBN: 1594866023
Release Date: 2007-06-26
Genre: Nature

A guide for backyard birders offers a regional approach designed to help ease the identification of different species and includes descriptions of each species' favorite foods, behavior, and characteristics.