Carrol L. Henderson has headed the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1977. He is an award-winning wildlife conservationist who has helped bring back eastern bluebirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, river otters, and trumpeter swans; an avid wildlife photographer whose images have appeared in the New York Times, Audubon, Birder's World, and Wild Bird; an experienced birding tour leader to Latin America, Kenya, Tanzania, and New Zealand; and the author of many magazine articles and several books. In 2016, the Garden Club of America awarded Henderson the Frances K. Hutchinson Medal, which is given to figures of national importance for distinguished service to conservation. In 2012, he received the Gary T. Myers Bird Conservation Award from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, recognizing him as the top bird conservationist in North America.
Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Ricaby Alexander F. Skutch (Foreword by), Carrol L. Henderson (Photographer)
At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world to immerse themselves in the country's unspoiled rain forests, mountains, and beaches, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species
At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world to immerse themselves in the country's unspoiled rain forests, mountains, and beaches, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species of birds and other animals during even a short stay. To help all of these visitors and local residents identify and enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica, this field guide presents nearly three hundred species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates.
Carrol Henderson, an experienced wildlife biologist, traveler, and tour leader in Costa Rica, has chosen the species that ecotourists are most likely to see, along with a selection of rarer, sought-after animals. He gives a general introduction to each group of animals, followed by individual species accounts that highlight identification features and interesting ecological adaptations for survival. His stunning close-up photographs and distribution maps complete each entry.
In addition, Henderson includes a wealth of data about Costa Rica's natural environment, as well as a trip preparation checklist and lists of conservation organizations, wildlife tourism sites, and wildlife vocalization tapes and CDs. With so much information so readily and readably accessible, this field guide will be essential for planning and enjoying your time in Costa Rica.
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I have been to Costa Rica 18 times now. I am also a trained field biologist and retired college professor, so I sort of "know my stuff." I bought this book because it was new and I like seeing what sorts of field guides are available. I have a few others about Costa Rica but they are several years old and I wanted to see if this covered new and different animals. The pictures are very nice. I don't recommend photos for bird identification because often the photo doesn't show the major identification characteristics. For example, how many photos do you have of yourself that don't look like you? The book is a quick overview of wildlife and has only included a few interesting or frequently seen species. No way would I take this on a trip with me. It is way too heavy. My suitcase would be almost double its weight with this book. Also the "slick" pages would get stuck together easily in the humidity and especially the rain in Costa Rica. It's a nice book to look at before a trip to think about what you might see. It's a nice book to look at when you return to read about what you saw. Other than those uses I don't think it is a field guide as the name states. The one thing that is very informative is the informational overview at the beginning of the book: Geography, biogeography, endemic species, major biological zones. These gave an overview and introduction to what Costa Rica has to offer. There are other books that do that, but this was a simple introduction to the the country and to some of the wildlife.