Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Google eBook)
Roger Tory Peterson, Virginia Marie Peterson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 4, 2002 - Nature - 456 pages
Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Peterson’s field guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement.
By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative skills of an artist and writer, Peterson created a field guide that Robert Bateman, in his foreword to the fifth edition, says was the doorway for millions of people into the wonderland of natural history. The Peterson Identification System has been used in the more than fifty books that make up the Peterson Field Guide series. Peterson’s magnum opus, now in its fifth edition, created the trail for countless field guides to follow. They are still following year by year, but his is the standard by which all other field guides are judged.
On the morning of July 28, 1996, Roger Peterson was painting his final bird plate. He died peacefully in his sleep later that day. It is fitting that his final work—a culmination of more than sixty years of observing, painting, and writing—should be this one, a revision of the guide that started his legacy.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ehines - LibraryThing
Peterson's illustrations, organization and tips on how to distinguish similar species make identifying birds as easy as it can be for befuddled city folk like myself. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing
This book was owned by my mother--who was the nature lover and birder in the family. She found more to watch then you might expect living in New York City. We lived near Central Park, which is ... Read full review
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