Birding the Southwestern National Parks

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In this book, veteran parks interpreter Roland H. 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 fourteen sites and gives us his advice on what birds to expect and where and how to find them.
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Overview

In this book, veteran parks interpreter Roland H. 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 fourteen sites and gives us his advice on what birds to expect and where and how to find them.
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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
  • 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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