Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest: 85 Unforgettable Species, Their Fascinating Lives, and How to Find Them

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The Pacific Northwest is a great place for birding. You can find Western Grebes dancing on water, or hear the Pacific Wren’s song cascade through a mossy forest.

Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest is a lively, practical guide that helps readers discover 85 of the region’s most extraordinary birds. Each bird profile includes notes on what they eat, where they migrate from, and where to find them in Washington and Oregon. Profiles also include stunning color photographs of ...

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Overview

The Pacific Northwest is a great place for birding. You can find Western Grebes dancing on water, or hear the Pacific Wren’s song cascade through a mossy forest.

Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest is a lively, practical guide that helps readers discover 85 of the region’s most extraordinary birds. Each bird profile includes notes on what they eat, where they migrate from, and where to find them in Washington and Oregon. Profiles also include stunning color photographs of each bird. Birds are grouped by what they are known for or where they are most likely to be found—like beach birds, urban birds, colorful birds, and killer birds.

This is an accessible guide for casual birders, weekend warriors, and families looking for an outdoor experience. Eight easy-going birding weekends, including stops in Puget Sound, the Central Washington wine country, and the Klamath Basin, offer wonderful getaway ideas and make this a must-have guide for locals and visitors alike.

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Editorial Reviews

The Oregonian - Terry Richard
“This bird book is blissfully unscientific. It's not that science is bad when birds are involved, it's just nice that someone has found a new way to present descriptions of 85 of our favorite birds in Oregon and Washington… among them are big birds, colorful birds and urban birds."
Seattle Met Blog
"Some of us don't know a cedar waxwing from a belted kingfisher—but Sarah Swanson sure does… Besides profiling 85 flying fiends of the Northwest, the book traces eight weekend birding vacations.”
Alaska Airlines Magazine
"Oregonians Swanson and Smith take a practical approach to regional bird-watching with 85 lucid descriptions of notable Northwest species."
The Bellingham Herald - Barbara Lloyd McMichael
"Must-See Birds lists some of the prime locations for spotting each species, and also proposes several weekend birding trips. Whether you have a yen to spot a pelican, a wigeon, or a woodpecker, this is a congenial book - interesting to read through, and even more fun to put to use!"
Cascadia Weekly - Christian Martin
"This tome tells the stories of each species, illustrated by sumptuous photographs and, most helpful, where to find them."
TravelOregon.com
"The photos are gorgeous, and the informative writing is a true pleasure to read… This book will get you outside, make you slow down, look and listen."
The Eugene Register-Guard - Brian Juenemann
"A charming guide presented somewhere in between a handbook and a bookshelf reference, and it feels just right... Swanson and Smith would be good fun on a weekend birding trip."
Library Journal
09/15/2013
First-time authors Swanson and Smith have written a photographic guide to be consulted for familiarization, before the business of finding the birds begins. The book targets those interested in opportunities unique to Oregon and Washington, but it is specifically friendly to beginning and intermediate birders in those areas. This title is not a comprehensive catalog but rather offers a selection of birds the authors deem important to see, so they have omitted species that they find fascinating but which are either too rare to find reliably or too challenging for nonexperts to identify. Their equipment recommendations are sensible and take into account factors that a novice (or someone unfamiliar with the Pacific Northwest) might not take into consideration, such as the wisdom of purchasing waterproof binoculars. Coverage of birding ethics again deals with territory that a beginner might not consider, such as the need to limit recorded songs to lure birds and the inappropriateness of using binoculars to view birds on a private residence. Each entry includes information about food and foraging, pairing and parenting, migrations and movements, where to find the bird, and other birds to look for in the vicinity. The text is accessible: the authors keep jargon to a minimum, and all vocabulary is defined on the page. The color photographs are more utilitarian than spectacular, allowing readers to get a good look at each species so they'll know what to watch for in the wild. The book concludes with details on eight weekend birding trips. VERDICT Looks like a field guide, reads like a travel book. This accessible guide will appeal to less experienced birders as well as visitors to the Pacific Northwest.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole P.L., MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604693379
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 296,619
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Swanson has worked as an environmental educator for the Audubon Society of Portland. She loves teaching adults and children about natural history by leading field trips and classes.

Max Smith is a wildlife biologist currently working with the U.S. Forest Service. Since 2003, he has studied the mechanisms through which invasive plants and wildfire influence the reproductive success of birds.

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