Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of New Yorkby Roger Tory Peterson
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Identifying a bird is just a tap away with the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of New York. Peterson's art, conveying each bird's essence, and the innovative Peterson Identification System, are all at the casual bird watcher's disposal. 431 species are in this visual treasure chest. Arrows point to the key field marks that distinguish each species, and range maps tell users where and when to find the birds. Add in descriptions of habitats, vocalizations, similar species, and an easy-to-use index, and a bird watcher is fully prepared to enjoy the natural wonders of New York.
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Peterson's Guides ought to be familiar to any serious birder. This one-- for NYS-- could use a working index. As is, one has to scroll through about 500 pages to locate a bird. Useful as an armchair study guide, not so much as a mobile field reference. Reasons for 3 star rating: lack of chapters and lack of working index. I can live happily without chapters BUT an unlinked index winds up to be just a list.
At the edge of the clearing and behind the form of the lodgepole pine, a thick swathe of grass grows. The tall plants conceal a scattered assortment of boulders. Oddly some have tiny grooves and holes worn into them from the erosion of wind blowing grit against stone. These small structures would provide a sheltered place to store herbs and moss grows in plentiful supply on the boulders' sides. The two largest boulders lean against each other, creating a small space between them that is somewhat protected from the elements. There is only room for a small group of cats to stay here but the rocks certainly provide better shelter than the grass alone. With the addition of nests it is a rather cozy place. It is here that the medicine cats of Horseclan will fight against sickness, heal wounds, and save many of their clanmates. With their skill and connection to Starclan, the medicine cats will help ensure their clan's future for moons to come. ~ The Medicine Den, Lilywolf <br> <br>