National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
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This fun, affordable, beautifully illustrated introduction to birding is like taking a walk with National Geographic's birding experts. Of this book's 192 pages, 160 are devoted to North America's top species, one per page, from the lowly House Wren to the majestic Bald Eagle. Carefully chosen illustrations and photographs capture the key details and typical behavior of each bird, paired with a short list of essential facts and a fun, fascinating, colloquially written "bird-ography" of each bird. (The latter feature is unique to this beginning field guide). Pictures plus facts plus story: a winning combination. With a small trim size and colorful illustrations, this pocket guide is easy on the eyes and easy to stash. A useful color index aids identification; tips throughout show how to observe, track, and identify birds in nature.
LAURA ERICKSON has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, blogger, public speaker, photographer, and Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s written six previous books about birds, including a National Outdoor Book Award winner. She’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for BirdWatching magazine. She produces the long-running “For the Birds” radio program for many public radio stations; the program is podcast on iTunes. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
JONATHAN ALDERFER, artist and naturalist, is the resident birding expert at National Geographic. He is author and editor of numerous National Geographic birding books, including co-author of the top-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America. The author lives Washington, D.C..
"Pictures plus facts plus story: a winning combination. A great book for someone with a new or casual interest in birds, and even older children." --The Birder's Library blog
"The slim 192-page Pocket Guide provides helpful tips, such as how to use binoculars and how to look at an unfamiliar bird in order to identify it." --BirdWatching Magazine
"Affordable and lightweight enough to carry on any outing...a perfect way for the whole family to discover the joys of bird-watching and explore the continent's amazing bird life." --FatBirder.com
"A great introduction to North America’s common birds, promoting not only identification but also a genuine interest in birds." The Birder's Library