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THe Evening Leader -Bird watching becomes one of the largest spectator sport in America
New Ohio bird watching resource guide published
By CATHY J. SCHREIMA The Evening Leader
Bird watching has become the largest spectator sport in America.
Ohio has an abundance of birds In different habitats, making it an ideal place for casual and seasoned bird watchers alike.
Whether you watch birds by the lake or in your own back yard, a new resource guide has recently been published which will delight any Ohio bird watcher.
'Birds of Ohio Field Guide" (Adveriture Publications) contains 113 species of birds from around Ohio.
Stan Teklela, the book's author, is a naturalist and award-winning author, columnist and radio personality.
I was surprised and delighted by the simplicity of the detailed pages in this book. Measuring 6 by 4 1 /4 inches, it's small enough to put in a knap sack or Jacket pocket
The book is organized by color, so the user doesn't even have to know the name of the bird to find it in the book. If you see a yellow bird, go to the yellow section. A contrast/compare feature helps the user distinguish between two birds, which are similar in appearance.
Each page also includes other interesting information such as nest types, the number and color of eggs, color of the female and babies. Naturalist information and other facts of interest are also included.
In his author's introduction, Tekiela shares basic information about birds, such as their color, varieties, nestings, migration and fledging. He also offers tips for watching and strategies for identifying birds.
Tekiela also provides his readers with range maps showing where in Ohio you'll find the birds and in what season.
Full page photos correspond with full-page descriptions.
The back of the book contains a helpful resource list and includes a number of Web pages with addresses for many state bird watching societies.
This book would make a great gift and is a must for any Ohio bird lover. Its a great learning tool, which. can be used in classrooms, with scout groups and at Summer camp.
Tekiela appears on "Destination Outdoors," a syndicated radio show. He is also the author of "Nature Smart: A Family Guide to Nature." "Start Mushrooming: The Easiest Way to Collect Edible Mushrooms" and "Plantworks: 15 Common Edible Plants."
The Birds of Ohio Field Guide' is available at bookstores or directly from Adventure Publications for $12.95. plus $2.00 shipping and handling. Credit cards are accepted. For more information or to order a book, contact Adventure at
1 800 678-7006.