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National Geographic Birding Essentials : National Geographic - Jonathan;Dunn, Jon L.; Alderfer

National Geographic Birding Essentials

National Geographic

Paperback Published: 30th October 2007
ISBN: 9781426201356
Number Of Pages: 224

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Birding is the fastest growing wildlife-related outdoor activity in the U.S., with at least a million new birders a year estimated to join an already robust group some 80 million strong. For these beginning and intermediate enthusiasts, National Geographic Birding Essentials is a must. Comprehensive and authoritative, yet engaging and user-friendly, it teaches readers how to begin and improve their birding... what to look and listen for... and how to make sense of what they see and hear. A unique visual component shows actual field guide pages and how to read them, while another compares the same bird in photography versus artwork and explains how to use both for species identification. National Geographic's quality photography is a major highlight of the book, supplemented by pencil drawings and full-color maps to give the novice and intermediate birder a full range of visual information.

Field Ornithologists Jonathan Alderfer and Jon Dunn have crafted a masterful guide, striking just the right balance of practical information and reader-friendly tone. Chapters discuss the pleasures of birding, equipment needed, how to read range maps, birds' physical features, how to identify birds, identification challenges, bird classification and suggested books and journals for building a fine birding library.

National Geographic has established a stellar reputation among birders with our blockbuster Field Guide to the Birds of North America. The tradition continues as we serve an entry-level market that continually needs the helpful, up-to-the-minute information found in National Geographic Birding Essentials.

The Pleasures of Birdingp. 6
Getting Startedp. 12
Status and Distributionp. 30
Parts of a Birdp. 44
How to Identify Birdsp. 86
Variation in Birdsp. 124
Identification Challengesp. 154
Fieldcraftp. 170
Taxonomy and Nomenclaturep. 208
Glossaryp. 216
Additional Readingp. 218
Indexp. 219
Acknowledgments and Illustration Creditsp. 223
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ISBN: 9781426201356
ISBN-10: 1426201354
Series: National Geographic
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 30th October 2007
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised