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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America continues to be the most sought after most authoritative and most accessible field guide to birds on the market The fourth edition o

  • Title: National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
  • Author: National Geographic Society
  • ISBN: 9781426204487
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America continues to be the most sought after, most authoritative, and most accessible field guide to birds on the market.The fourth edition of the Field Guide to the Birds of North America is a great guide for birders Sturdy, portable, and easy to use, it features superlative information on bird species recorded iThe National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America continues to be the most sought after, most authoritative, and most accessible field guide to birds on the market.The fourth edition of the Field Guide to the Birds of North America is a great guide for birders Sturdy, portable, and easy to use, it features superlative information on bird species recorded in North America This edition features range maps, plumage and species classification information, specially commissioned full color illustrations, and a superb index that allows birders in the field to quickly identify a species.

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    1. I've gotten very interested in birds this past year, and I wanted to pick up an introductory guide to bird-watching and bird-identifying. Since this edition is from 2002, it is obviously not up to date and entirely accurate, but I was able to use this guide to identify some ducks that swim in the pond next to my dorm, which got me excited. This book has inspired me to take up bird-watching as a hobby, and I'm very excited to take some time out this winter break to lure birds in front of my windo [...]

    2. This is one of the most amazing books for birdwatchers. I used it for all of my ornithology classes and learned so much about identifying birds by both their markings and behavior. I had this unbelievable teacher, who had been a birdwatcher for all his life, and he went through the guide, page by page, and he showed us slides and talked about each species with a depth of knowledge that was devotional. I learned how to tell all the different gulls apart at Ocean Beach (San Francisco) and saw a re [...]

    3. This is my trusty battered, mud stained bird book and I love it. The pictures are detailed, the descriptions short and concise, and there's enough space in the margins for me to write sighting notations.

    4. This is a comprehensive reference book about 800 North American birds. It is heavily illustrated, unlike some of the more condensed field guides. I especially appreciate seeing 3-5 related birds shown on one page. I also appreciate the pages that show a number of birds in flight within the same family, example shore birds or hawks, because this is often how birds are observed.I find this reference especially helpful in narrowing the possibilities when trying to identify a bird within a family. I [...]

    5. This book is about the birds of North America. It talks about how to find, identify, and the age. This book takes you through the world of birds.As you read the book it will tell you where the type of bird lives. Which you way think it is odd because a bird can go any where, but some birds have certain environments that they can only live in. There are some birds that come here from other countries as well. I think the type of people that would really like this book is bird watchers or people th [...]

    6. While I haven't actually read through this book from cover to cover (I'm using the sixth edition), it has proven itself extremely useful. I spent quite some time reading about the various field guides online and thought I had decided on the best option. Then I went to our local bookstore to flip through the options they had (including the Sibley, Stokes, Kaufman, and a few other guides), and this one really stood out from the rest. What I love about the book are the quick indexes on the front an [...]

    7. Can't live without this one--it goes everywhere with me. I've since updated and bought the 4th and 5th editions, but all of my birding notes are still in this very worn copy. An excellent field guide, in my opinion. I supplement it with The Sibley Guide to Birds, which stays at home while I drag the Ntl. Geographic guide with me.

    8. Not my everyday field guide, but the illustrations can be useful for cross-referencing species, and it does cover all of North America so is good for travel outside of my region. I prefer The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America for regular home regional use.

    9. My favorite birding guide book. It has great pictures and descriptions. The blurbs with the range maps is fantastic and it has a lot of incidental species to South Texas (at least) that a lot of guide books lack since they are not "common enough", I guess.There's a handy checklist in the back if you want to check off species as you see them, but since I'm a much more casual birder, I just write in the white space next to the bird where and when I saw it for the first time.

    10. This reference is great. In past editions it was difficult to find specific birds, but the combination of durable flap index and thumb tabs for the most frequent bird families (hawks, warblers, sparrows, etc.) make it super easy to use.The written descriptions are fairly brief so the focus is on the drawings. The drawings are detailed and mostly include those of the different races, juveniles, and birds in flight.

    11. We use this as a back up guide that is handy for those visiting both coasts of the United States since it contains the birds on both sides of the Rocky Mountains, a divide in the country that has lead to different species of birds like Meadowlarks and Bluebirds. It has good details on the hawks, too.

    12. The illustrations and information contained in this field guide makes it my favorite for field use. Perhaps Sibley’s guide contains more detailed and up-to-date information, but this still remains my favorite guide - it helps of course that it contains all my hand-written notes from 3 years of field ornithology courses.

    13. Finally finished reading this cover-to-cover after a year of about a page a day plus many reread parts as I tried to identify birds. Anyone in North American interested in finding out more about the birds around them should own this book. Great illustrations, great facts, and great insight to help appreciate the world around us.

    14. This is the field guide that I began birding with and I still use it today, in companion with my Stokes Guide. It's absolutely fantastic. It's well organized, well illustrated, and well written. I could not recommend this book more highly to anyone interested in learning about birds.

    15. I wish I had the newest edition of this book. I've been carrying around this edition for almost 20 years and it is the best guide that I've come across. I have several other guides and I use them to complement this one.

    16. A very detailed book of birds. I don't know enough about the field to know how it compares to it's competitors, but the book does everything I want it to do. It has really come in handy with identifying all of those birds eating out of my birdfeeder.

    17. This is the perfect book for identifying that bird in your back yard or to take along camping or on a Sunday walk through a wooded park.

    18. Still my field guide of choice, well the 3rd edition is, in spite of new editions and Sibley's. This is the book I like to carry around.

    19. This is a great field guide, but sometimes I have a little trouble identifying the real bird from the drawings, but at least they have all stages of a birds life

    20. my field guide of choice. fairly life-like renderings of the species with gendered, age-specific and seasonal plumages included. most importantly, small enough to carry without being burdensome.

    21. I want to look birds up by state and color and size--this is a little more challenging than that, but it's very helpful. And it makes me feel smart :)

    22. This detailed and handy field guide is a wonderful hiking companion. The full colored illustrations remove the guess work while identifying birds, and the range maps are accurate and trustworthy.

    23. Most informative and well written. This is a great book to get a start and/ or to brush up on your facts of Bird species in North America.

    24. Invaluable to any birderopen it countless times during the year especially helpful identifying hawks and warblers. One of my Top 10!

    25. I have always really liked science and animals and someday I would like to be a veterinarian. This book was a lot of fun for me to read because it taught me a lot about birds, where they come from, how they look and what perspective I should look at them from. For example, if I had to do a medical procedure on a raven, I would have to put it under very heavy anesthetic so that it wouldn't come back in the middle of the procedure and kill itself accidentally while trying to get away.This book als [...]

    26. Summary: Wanna know about birds in North America? Where they live? What they eat? What they like to do? Read this book! It gives you everything that you need to know! Evaluation: I gave the book a 4.5. The pictures were wonderful and the text was engaging. It was a wonderful non-fiction read, for someone who is interested in birds. Teaching Idea: I would use this if I were having students do research on different types of birds and animals that are only found in North America. This would be a gr [...]

    27. Comprehensive. The illustrations are outstanding. A long time favorite, it sits with the field glasses ready for reference any time. A classic.

    28. It is the best field guide to American birds I found so far. It contains recognisable pictures; distribution maps for all birds that are more than just unexpected visitors; fair descriptions; and some notes on voices. Unlike the vast majority of American field guides, it offers species according to taxonomy, not "color" or habitat.Still, the book is very disappointing after European field guides, by Collins for example. It offers very little, if any, information on habitat and behaviour and alto [...]

    29. Great bird guide. This one got me through my Vertebrates of BC course at school. The pictures are drawn, with different variations included when necessary (male, female, summer, winter, etc.). Birds are separated by family (gulls, finches, owls, etc.) Colour coded distribution map is also included for most species, very handy.

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