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Birds of Lake Merritt

Birds of Lake Merritt

by Alex Harris
Birds of Lake Merritt

Birds of Lake Merritt

by Alex Harris


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A richly illustrated birding guide to the nation’s first official wildlife refuge

This charming full-color field guide introduces us to fifteen waterbirds easily found in the urban wildlife refuge of Lake Merritt. In his introduction, author-illustrator Alex Harris includes a history of the lake, providing context for a place that is alluring to humans and shorebirds alike. Each species profile of the lake’s feathered residents is accompanied by a beautiful, detailed watercolor that captures the bird’s distinctive coloring and sinuous physicality. The black-crowned night heron, Oakland’s official city bird, stares with its startling orange eyes, while the American coot flexes its fancy, flared feet. Along with straightforward notes on the identification of each bird, Harris features the voices of Oakland community members, sharing moments of delight from the birds’ most dedicated observers. A celebration of avian life and the human pleasure of witnessing it, Birds of Lake Merritt is an essential guide to the natural world in the heart of the city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597145480
Publisher: Heyday
Publication date: 08/03/2021
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 552,920
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alex Harris, born and raised in Berkeley, California, is an artist interested in using art and technology to look at how humans interface with the natural world. He has a BA in environmental studies from the Universityof California, Santa Cruz, and previously worked as the web editor and electronic communications manager at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He lives and works in Oakland, California.

Table of Contents


The Wildlife Refuge in the Heart of Oakland
Looking at Birds at Lake Merritt
How to Use This Field Guide

Black-crowned Night Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
American White Pelican
Canada Goose
Green Heron
Snowy Egret
Western Grebe
Greater Scaup
Canvasback Duck
Common Goldeneye
Ruddy Duck
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher


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