Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America

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Roger Tory Peterson, Virginia Marie Peterson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 4, 2002 - Nature - 456 pages
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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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very nice guide

User Review  - benjo12 -

Nice detailed drawings of birds. Very detailed descriptions of each bird along with info on their songs and choice of habitat. Excellent maps at the back of the book which explain winter summer and ... Read full review

Peterson Field Guide of Eastern & Central N. Amer

User Review  - gussie62 -

A beautiful and informative field guide indeed. Exellent drawings and range maps make identification easy. I especially enjoyed the Foreword by Robert Bateman and the Preface by Virginia Marie Peterson. Read full review


Large Shorebirds in Flight 144
Gnatcatchers Polioptilinae and Kinglets Regulidae 242
Loons in Flight
Pandionidae 1 1 2
Scolopacidae 150
Plovers and Turnstone in Flight
Accidental Shorebirds from Eurasia 166
Paridae 236
Confusing Fall Warblers 278
Icteridae 31 0
Accidentals from the Tropics 326
Index of Scientific Names 41 1

Stercorariidae 168

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Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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