National Geographic Birding Essentials
All the Tools, Techniques, and Tips You Need to Begin and Become a Better Birder
Publication Date: October 30, 2007
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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.
Jon Dunn grew up in the Los Angeles area. Since 1977 Jon has been a leader for WINGS, leading bird watching tours worldwide. He has extensive knowledge of the identification and distribution of North American birds and has written and co-authored books and numerous papers on this subject. He is chief consultant to the National Geographic Society's Field Guide to the Birds of North America. He was co-author with Kimball Garrett of Birds of Southern California: Status and Distribution (1981), Peterson Field Guide to Warblers (1997), and Birds of the Los Angeles Region (2006). Jon is the host and writer for the Advanced Birding Video Series. Jon is a member of the California Bird Records Committee, the American Ornithologist's Union Committee on Classification and Nomenclature, and the American Birding Association Checklist Committee.