Birds and Birding on the Mississippi Coast by Judith A. Toups and Jerome A. Jackson
If you're a birdwatcher, this book will be a delight. If you can already identify the bird but wish to know where to sight it, then this quick-reference book will be a friend and companion. It is the first to focus attention on sighting the 357 species of birds known to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It fills a long-standing need for a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to sites in the coastal counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson where this wide range of birds can be located. Compiled and recorded by two noted birders, this book includes a chapter on the region's past and present ornithological history, accounts of the breeding pattern and distribution of coastal birds, instructive narratives, and maps of dozens of birding sites both on the mainland and the barrier islands. The authors also include a sample itinerary for a field trip, a bird-finding calendar, and an easy-to-use population graph. This exemplary bird-finding guide will meet the requirements of birders at any level of experience. One chapter entitled "How to Find 50% of Mississippi's Birds in the Shortest Period of Time-A Birding Challenge" offers a first for books of this genre: bird-by-bird, place-by-place, hour-by-hour plans for finding 184 species in one day are spelled out for those birdwatchers driven by the challenge and the demands of a time schedule.
This is the book to take along with your bird-identification guide. It has a complete index of coastal birds and birding sites. With a foreword by Susan R. Drennan and illustrations by Dalton Shourds King, this book is sponsored by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.
Judith A. Toups (1930-2007) was a Mississippi-based birder, conservationist, and columnist for the Biloxi Sun Herald.
Jerome A. Jackson is a conservationist and professor of marine and ecological studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.
|Publisher:||University Press of Mississippi|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Judith A. Toups wrote a popular weekly newspaper column, "Birding on the Coast," for more than ten years.
Jerome A. Jackson is editor of Bird Conservation, regional editor of American Birds, and a professor of biological sciences at Mississippi State University.