Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America

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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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User Review  - pinwheel - Overstock.com

This one is the definitive guide for birds of North America. Itll identify what you saw what you hope to see and other neighbors in a different section of our country. I had a elderly friend highly ... Read full review

Excellent Book

User Review  - BirdManDetroit - Borders

I found this to be best book on identifying birds. I have gone back to this book time and time again and it has never let me down. I ordered one for a relative. Read full review

Contents

Large Shorebirds in Flight 144
1
Gnatcatchers Polioptilinae and Kinglets Regulidae 242
4
Loons in Flight
31
Cathartidae
92
Pandionidae 1 1 2
115
Scolopacidae 150
127
Plovers and Turnstone in Flight
137
Accidental Shorebirds from Eurasia 166
178
Picidae
216
Mimidae
248
Paridae 236
307
Confusing Fall Warblers 278
378
Icteridae 31 0
430
Accidentals from the Tropics 326
3
Index of Scientific Names 41 1
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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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