Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast

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University of California Press, 2006 - History - 316 pages
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"Coastal southern California offers some of the best birdwatching anywhere. The best way to learn about the birds here would be to go on a field trip with Joan Lentz, but if you can't do that, reading this book is the next best thing. Joan shares her knowledge of birdlife with clear, graceful writing and with contagious enthusiasm, making this book the perfect introduction to the subject."--Kenn Kaufman, author of Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America

"Joan Lentz has a gift for making the complex world of birds and birding accessible to the beginner and the casual enthusiast, and through this gift she celebrates in this attractive volume the bird-rich coastal regions of the nation's most ornithologically diverse state. I hope and expect that Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast will expand the numbers of citizens who appreciate and strive to preserve our imperiled coastal habitats."--Kimball L. Garrett, Ornithology Collections Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

"A 5th generation and lifelong California resident, Joan Lentz has the ability to communicate her extensive knowledge to birders of all levels. This book introduces a whole new generation of birders to the wonders of the southern California coast--it will be invaluable to birders of all levels of expertise."--Jon Dunn
 

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Contents

Boundaries of the Coastal Strip
5
What to Look For
24
How Coastal Birds Live
31
Before You Go
51
Loons
81
Shearwaters
90
Cormorants
97
Ibises
109
San Diego County Coast
226
Orange County Coast
235
Los Angeles County Coast
241
Ventura County Coast
249
San Luis Obispo County Coast
263
Going by Boat
270
Shorebird Size Chart
288
Index of Birds
297

Falcons
120
Plovers
131
Oystercatchers
137

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About the author (2006)

Joan Easton Lentz is a Research Associate with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She also teaches bird classes for the Santa Barbara Community College Continuing Education Division and is author of Great Birding Trips of the West (1989) and Birdwatching: A Guide for Beginners (1985).

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