Features the unique Peterson Identification System, which has never been surpassed as a tool for field identification and is available only in Peterson Guides. "The Birder's Bible" for over sixty years. All the birds of eastern and central North America--including accidentals, exotics, and escapes--shown in full color and described in detail. 390 complete, easy-to-read range maps showing summer and winter ranges, breeding grounds, and other special range information. Easy-to-use facing-page format.
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Roger Tory Peterson, one of America's pre-eminent artist-naturalists and arguably the inventor of the field guide, made people love birds like no one since John James Audubon. A Field Guide to the Birds, first published in 1934, remains his most famous and wonderful work. The manual stood instantly apart from the dichotomous keys zoologists used to identify species, since Peterson grouped paintings of related species together and used arrows to, as he explained, "pinpoint the key field marks." This way, watchers could spot birds from a distance and avoid, as he archly put it, "the bird-in-hand characters that the early collectors relied on." Birders could use the guide where they needed it most--outdoors--on living birds flitting quickly by. In addition to detailed illustrations, Peterson offers charming (and useful) descriptions of each avian citizen's appearance, behavior, voice, and range. There is also priceless anecdotal information, based on decades of field experience, as in this description of the common house sparrow (Passer domesticus): "Familiar to everyone. Sooty city birds often bear little resemblance to clean country males with the black throat, white cheeks, chestnut nape." His transliterations of song are just as quietly marvelous. For instance, Pluvialis squatarola, or the black-bellied plover, makes things clear with "a plaintive slurred whistle, tlee-oo-eee or whee-er-ee (middle note lower)."
Peterson's original handbook covered birds of Eastern North America, and has since been followed by guides to Western birds, animal tracks, butterflies, and many other natural wonders. He and his team updated "The Birders' Bible" as new species were discovered and classifications modified. Generations of enthusiastic watchers owe Peterson a debt of gratitude for making ornithology accessible. But equally important, he showed scientists that finding beauty in living animals, and not just cataloging the measurements of dead ones, was crucial. Roger Tory Peterson died in 1996. He will be remembered as a passionate naturalist, a keen observer of living things, and a gifted artist and teacher. --Therese LittletonAbout the Author:
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, and the Peterson Field Guides® are credited with helping to set the stage for the environmental movement.
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Buchbeschreibung Houghton Mifflin (Trade), 1980. Taschenbuch. Anderes Cover! Buch ist in gutem Zustand, geringe Gebrauchs- Alters- oder Lagerungsspuren. 380 S. Englisch 200g. Artikel-Nr. 429220
Buchbeschreibung Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980. Buchzustand: Gut. 384 Seiten mit unzähligen Farb-Abbildungen und Verbreitungskarten, farbig illustr. Orig.-Karton, in englischer Sprache - einige Notizen im Text, sonst guter Zustand - 1980. K 10111 Buchversand erfolgt aus Deutschland. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 505. Artikel-Nr. 23253
Buchbeschreibung Boston, Houghton Mifflin 1980., 1980. c38835 ISBN: 039526619X Sprache: Deutsch 8°, 385 Seiten mit zahlr. Farbigen Abb., farbig illustr. Okart. - guter Zustand -. Artikel-Nr. 36499