National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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Overview

Birding is the fastest growing wildlife-related activity in the U.S., and even conservative estimates put the current number of U.S. birders at 50 million. According to the New York Times, some authorities predict that by 2050 there will be more than 100 million—and the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America will be the essential reference for field identification and the cornerstone of any birder's library. This is the ultimate, indispensable bird field guide—comprehensive, authoritative, portable, sturdy, and easier than ever to use.

Among the the new edition's key elements and practical improvements: Every North American species—more than 960, including a new section on accidental birds—classified according to the latest official American Ornithologists' Union checklist 4,000 full-color illustrations by the foremost bird artists at work todayand newly updated range maps that draw on the latest data New durable cover for added protection against adverse weather, plus informative quick-reference flaps that double as placemarkers New reader-friendly features like thumbtabs that make locating key sections faster and easier, and a quick-find index to direct users straight to the information they need.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792253143
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 11/7/2006
  • Series: National Geographic Field Guide to Birds Series
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon L. Dunn, a leading expert on the identification and distribution of North American birds, has served as chief consultant on all four previous editions of this book. He is also a consultant for the American Birding Association magazine, Birding, and the former chair of the ABA Checklist Committee, as well as a member of the California Bird Records Committee and the AOU Committee on Taxonomy and Nomenclature. He lives in Bishop, California.

Jonathan Alderfer, chief consultant for National Geographic's Birding Program, is a widely published author and field guide illustrator. One of the nation's foremost birding artists, he is well known for his expertise as a field ornithologist and an authority on North American birds. He was a general consultant, art consultant, and contributing artist for the NG Field Guide to the Birds of North America 3rd and 4th editions, and the lead editor of NG's Complete Birds of North America. A former Associate Editor of Birding, the ABA magazine, he also served on the Maryland/D.C. Bird Records Committee. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Another excellent edition

    This 5th edition of The National Geogrpahic Field Guide to Birds of North America continues the fine tradition of previous versions. The thumb tabs and back page indices allow quick location of species groups. The plasticized cover is also a nice addition. The drawings are not as complete as the Sibley guides but the range maps and text are excellent. I prefer the Geo guide's utilization of subspecies scientific names rather than Sibley's use of terms like 'taiga'. Every birder shoould own this book..it is a fine complement to the other popular field guides such as Sibley and Kaufman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    very useful book

    We love using this book to ID our birds. It has alot of detailed pictures, and is very easy to locate what type of bird you are looking for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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