Birding the Southwestern National Parks

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At the end of the twentieth century roughly 265 million people visited the 374 sites in the American National Park System. These places, designated and protected because of their significance to our nation’s historical and natural heritage, contain some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States—landscapes that naturally lend themselves to outdoor recreation.

In this book, veteran parks interpreter Ro Wauer introduces the pleasures of birding in the national parks of...

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Overview


At the end of the twentieth century roughly 265 million people visited the 374 sites in the American National Park System. These places, designated and protected because of their significance to our nation’s historical and natural heritage, contain some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States—landscapes that naturally lend themselves to outdoor recreation.

In this book, veteran parks interpreter Ro Wauer introduces the pleasures of birding in the national parks of the American Southwest. From California to Texas, from hugely popular destinations such as Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the mostly undiscovered shores of Amistad National Recreation Area, Wauer visits seventeen sites and gives us his advice on what birds to expect to see and where and how to find them.

Written by a birder for birders, this book introduces readers to some of the best birding north of the Mexican border, as well as some of the most impressive scenery anywhere. Wauer takes readers on a personal tour, pointing out where to go to see a vast array of each park’s bird life: Le Conte’s Thrashers in Death Valley, Clark’s and Western Grebes at Lake Mead, Phainopeplas at Organ Pipe Cactus, Lucy’s Warblers at Saguaro, Peregrine Falcons in Grand Canyon, Cave Swallows at Carlsbad Caverns, Magnificent Hummingbirds at Guadalupe Mountains, and Colima Warblers in Big Bend.

Birding the Southwestern National Parks is written for anyone visiting, planning to visit, or dreaming of visiting the Southwestern national parks.

The Southwestern Parks:

Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada and Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments, Arizona

Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona

Tonto National Monument, Arizona

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona

Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks, New Mexico and Texas

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas

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Editorial Reviews

Mark T. Adams

“Mr. Wauer’s writing style is clear, readable and appropriate to his audience. Overall, the manuscript is well organized, and the length is appropriate to the subject matter. This book by Mr. Wauer nicely fills a niche for the beginning birder, especially since it discusses national parks, where most campers and visitors are ready to try and understand what surrounds them, such as the bird life.”--Mark T. Adams, University of Texas
Southeastern Naturalist

"Written by a birder for birders, this book introduces readers to some of the best birding north of the Mexican border, as well as some of the most impressive scenery anywhere. Wauer takes readers on a personal tour, pointing out where to go to see a vast array of each park's bird life... Birding the Southwestern National Parks is written for anyone visiting, planning to visit, or dreaming of visiting the soutwestern national parks." --Southeastern Naturalist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585442874
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series , #35
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 830,705
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author


Roland H. Wauer, a retired National Park Service employee, continues his work in the field as a naturalist, scientist, and resource specialist. He is the author of Birder's Mexico and Heralds of Spring in Texas.
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Table of Contents

Preface 3
Acknowledgments 5
Rewards and Techniques of Birding 7
Parks as Islands 19
The Southwestern National Parks 27
Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada 29
Joshua Tree National Park, California 42
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada and Arizona 54
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 66
Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments, Arizona 80
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona 89
Tonto National Monument, Arizona 98
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona 107
Saguaro National Park, Arizona 119
Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona 129
Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks, New Mexico and Texas 140
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico 153
Big Bend National Park, Texas 161
Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas 176
Common and Scientific Plant Names 185
References 189
Index 193
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