- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (30 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1328662063
- ISBN-13: 978-1328662064
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 17.8 cm
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Peterson Guide to Bird Identification - in 12 Steps Hardcover – Import, 3 Apr 2018
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"The birding equivalent of having Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking teach you how to count, add, subtract, multiply, do long division, comprehend quantum mechanics, plus balance your checkbook. Bird watchers at every skill level will garner insights from this book." -- Pete Dunne, author of Birds of Prey "Identifying birds is a science and an art, involving far more than merely memorizing field marks. Steve Howell and Brian Sullivan are leading masters of this craft, and they share a wealth of inside knowledge in this gem of a book. If you're a birder at any level of experience, from beginner to expert, read this book from cover to cover and I guarantee it will improve your skills in the field." -- Kenn Kaufman, author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding " . . . if you are going to have a book-based conversation with bird experts about identification, Howell and Sullivan are going to be at the top of the list. . . . [The Peterson Guide to Bird Identification--In 12 Steps] is a highly opinionated book reflecting the approach and thoughts of the authors. Which is exactly what makes it a book that all birders should read, consult, and maybe even, like me, read again." -- Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds.com "This book is friendly, non-intimidating, and even humorous. New birders can acquire some basics from this handy little book, and experienced birders can pick up some vital pointers, especially useful when helping the uninitiated. . . . Basically, there is something in this short book for every birder, and the 152 pages present many opportunities for all birders to pick out and explore what that 'something' may be." --Paul J. Baicich and Wayne Petersen, Birding Community E-bulletin
About the Author
STEVE N. G. HOWELL is an international bird tour leader with WINGS and a popular speaker and trip leader at birding festivals. He has been watching birds for as long as he can remember. Steve has authored numerous books and articles, mainly about birds, and the common thread to his life is that birding should be fun. He lives in California. BRIAN SULLIVAN has conducted fieldwork on birds throughout North America for the past 25 years. Birding travels, photography, and field projects have taken him all over the world. He has written and consulted on various books, including popular and scientific literature on North American birds. He is a coauthor of several books and is currently project leader for eBird and photographic editor for the Birds of North America Online at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He lives in California.
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The 12 Steps of the title are the factors, ranging from seasonality to lighting conditions, that a birder would do well to keep in mind when identifying a bird with the help of a field guide. In compact presentations illustrated with well-chosen photographs and leavened by occasional surprises, the 12 factors are explained in "field-ready" terms.
The book is infused with an unassuming sense of humor and delight in birding that's inviting and infectious. We're reminded, for example, that taxonomic classifications are ultimately matters of opinion--expert opinions to be sure--but still opinions, not immutable scientific facts.
What matters most is that you, the reader, will enjoy birding more after you've absorbed a bit of what this book has to offer.