Birds of the Sierra Nevada (Paperback)

Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution

By Ted Beedy, Ed Pandolfino, Keith Hansen (Illustrator)

University of California Press, 9780520274945, 448pp.

Publication Date: June 17, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/17/2013)

List Price: 39.95*
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This beautifully illustrated and user-friendly book presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.

About the Author

Edward C. Beedy was a co-author of Discovering Sierra Birds and has authored numerous technical publications and articles on Sierra birds.
Edward R. Pandolfino is President of Western Field Ornithologists and a Regional Editor for Northern California for North American Birds.
Keith Hansen is a professional bird artist who illustrated Discovering Sierra Birds, Distributional Checklist of North American Birds, Birds of Yosemite and the East Slope, California Wild Lands, A Guide to the Nature Conservancy Preserves, and The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula, among other books.

Praise For Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution

"Presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada."

— The Union

"[This] book will deepen the experience of visits to the range for serious ornithologists and casual hikers alike."

— BirdWatching

"A thorough, accessible text embracing a massive and diverse region of California. . . . [The book] distills wisdom from many people who love both the avifauna and the high country and will inspire many of us to follow in their tracks."

— Claire Peaslee

"A book like Birds of the Sierra Nevada reaffirms your faith in how birding can dovetail with conservation, and in what birding can do for our collective sense of meaningful communion with nature."

— Birding Magazine