Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of North America: East

Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of North America: East

by Fred J. Alsop, DK Publishing
     
 

Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this comprehensive handbook to the birds of North America: Eastern Region includes 706 species — all birds known to breed east of the 100th meridian on the United States and Canada, as well as regular visitors and vagrants to this region. The Smithsonian Handbook is

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Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this comprehensive handbook to the birds of North America: Eastern Region includes 706 species — all birds known to breed east of the 100th meridian on the United States and Canada, as well as regular visitors and vagrants to this region. The Smithsonian Handbook is the first identification guide that includes details of the bird's life history in a concise and user-friendly format. Each full-page profile combines a precise description, annotated photographs, and artworks to highlight the key field marks of the species in each plumage. Similar species are shown and distinguishing characteristics are noted. Further information on the bird's habits describes the typical song and other vocalizations, behavior, breeding, nesting, population, and conservation concerns. Typical flight patterns and nest locations and shapes are described with clear icons, and amplified in the text. Each bird's range during summer, winter, and on migration is clearly shown on a map.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
By partnering with the Smithsonian Institution and by using the popular photographically-rich design of the DK Handbook series, the books [Smithsonian Handbooks of Birds of North America (Eastern Region and Western Region)] promise to catch the attention of veteran and novice birders. With 750-plus pages per handbook, each species receives it's own full-page profile, including a concise overview and color photos. The books also cover songs, behavior, breeding, population and conservation issues. (Birder's World, June 2001)
Birders World
DK's two regional books - Smithsonian Handbooks of Birds of North America (Eastern Region and Western Region) - were written by Fred J. Alsop III, an orinthologist and professor of biological sciences at Eastern Tennessee State University. By partnering with the Smithsonian Institution and by using the popular photographically-rich design of the DK Handbook series, the books promise to catch the attention of veteran and novice birders. With 750-plus pages per handbook, each species receives it's own full-page profile, including a concise overview and color photos. The books also cover songs, behavior, breeding, population and conservation issues.
Booknews
Although Fred J. Alsop, III, PhD is designated author on both cover and title pages, there is no mention of his name on the title verso. Hence readers, especially bibliographers, are left wondering just what part or parts are of his creation. Is he author of text or illustrator or both? As text author, compared to authors of the recent plethora of new or revised bird guide books, Dr. Alsop deserves a B or B-minus grade. As illustrator, the ranking goes down several notches, due primarily to fuzzy lines and inaccurate coloring of many subjects. The question arises as to the causes. Are these retouched photographs or are they free-hand portraits? Obviously intended as a handbook, this book can seldom be used as a field guide due to its three-pound weight and 5.75x8.75<"> dimensions. Certainly the 751 pages make this the winner in measurement, especially considering that it covers only the "eastern region." One can hope for improvement of content and size of "western region." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789471567
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Smithsonian Handbooks Series
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
247,637
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.93(d)

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Meet the Author

Frederick Joseph Alsop, III Ph.D. is an ornithologist and a professor of biological sciences at East Tennessee State University. He received his doctorate in zoology from the University of Tennessee, and specialized in the ecology, distribution, life history, and taxonomy of birds. In addition to studying the effects of pesticides on eggshell thickness and endangered and threatened species, Fred Alsop is an avid field biologist and birder, and has identified more than 2,500 species of birds worldwide.

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