Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America

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Overview

In celebration of the centennial of Roger Tory Peterson’s birth comes a historic collaboration among renowned birding experts and artists to preserve and enhance the Peterson legacy. This new book combines the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds into one volume, filled with accessible, concise information and including almost three hours of video podcasts to make bird watching even easier.

• 40 new paintings

• Digital updates to Peterson’s original paintings, reflecting...

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Overview

In celebration of the centennial of Roger Tory Peterson’s birth comes a historic collaboration among renowned birding experts and artists to preserve and enhance the Peterson legacy. This new book combines the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds into one volume, filled with accessible, concise information and including almost three hours of video podcasts to make bird watching even easier.

• 40 new paintings

• Digital updates to Peterson’s original paintings, reflecting the latest knowledge of bird identification

• All new maps for the most up-to-date range information available

• Text rewritten to cover the U.S. and Canada in one guide

• Larger trim size accommodates range maps on every spread

• Contributors include: Michael DiGiorgio, Jeff Gordon, Paul Lehman, Michael O’Brien, Larry Rosche, and Bill Thompson III

• Includes URL to register for access to video podcasts

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I'm happy to report, the Peterson guide is back, and in a big way." - Birders World

"This new field guide should solidify Peterson's already monumental place in the history of birding." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This book is a classic with updated information." - Birding Business

Library Journal
09/01/2013
Finally, 76 years after the landmark first Peterson guide, there is one to the entire continent. Smaller, handier, Western North America and East and Central North America editions are also available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618966141
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: Vinyl-Bound
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 80,916
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 6.28 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Great Field Guide for Bird Watching

    This book gives pictures of several members of the same family of birds. It shows the juvenile, adult and female variety. Brief and relevant data on them. Found it very useful and entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Terrific Update

    This book is invaluable for birders. What a great improvement from previous editions with the movement of the migratory map information from the back to text adjoining the actual bird data. No more holding your place and fumbling through the back to find the map. Illustrations are larger, and although the book is heavy the slick pages will resist rain, dew and dirty hands, making it ideal for backpack and carrying in the field.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    An Excellent Memorial/Tribute

    I am not rating this book as a field guide, but as a memorial to Peterson. The over-sized paintings show his artistic skills. His vision of an easy to use book for bird watchers led to one of the most important books of the 20th century. The Peterson Guide made millions of bird watchers and led to the mainstreaming of the conservation movement. This volume is a tribute to his life and passion for birds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    A must-have for birding.

    Long considered the birder's "Bible", this is a wonderful field guide that is easy to use. Peterson is known for using easily noticed details that help even a novice birder in quick identification.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    My 92-year-old Dad gave me my first Peterson Field Guide to Bird

    My 92-year-old Dad gave me my first Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America several years ago. I purchased this newest edition as a gift for my friend. When I received this edition, I'm ashamed to admit I almost kept it for myself! It's beautifully illustrated as I've come to expect from previous editions. And, I like the fact this edition combines both Eastern and Western birds. An exceptional resource for either the novice or expert, I give it a "10"!

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Simply the best ...

    We're birding amateurs, so our comments do not reflect a deep knowledge of ornithology. They are pertinent to folks like us who delight in watching birds, identifying them when we're not sure what they are, and learning more about their habits.

    The illustrations in the new Peterson guide are better than other guides we've used, capitalizing on and enhancing Roger Peterson's originals. Birds are drawn rather than photographed, better to capture each species' distinctive features. In addition, arrows point to features that distinguish similar species. Quite simply, the images are as visually appealing as Audubon's.

    When we think we've seen a new species at our backyard feeders we often "cheat" by first consulting a guide to our local birds to narrow the possibilities. Then we consult Peterson for our ultimate identification.

    We've liked Peterson so much we've gifted the book to others. It's not cheap, but considering the wealth of information and huge effort it took to put it all together, I'd be surprised if the contributors will reap more than pennies an hour for their work on this standard-setting achievement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    very good

    enjoy everyday

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    Great visuals.

    Book provides great pictures. Outlined nicely for a quick reference.

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