From the Back Cover
North Carolina has one of the richest arrays of birdlife in North America-460 species, including two of the rarest species in the Southeast: the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and the Wood Stork. Birding North Carolina guides you to forty-four of the best birding locations across the state. Organized by region, this useful and comprehensive guide includes everything you need for a rewarding bird-watching experience. Look inside to find: Accurate bird-finding information for the entire state-from the Mountains to the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain Where to find migrating raptors, a huge assortment of shorebirds and nesting waterbirds, plus many Southern specialties such as Swainson's Warbler, the reclusive Black Rail, and the fire-dependent Bachman's Sparrow Descriptions of each site, with information about key species Where and when to go, how to get there, and what you'll see Details on the seasonal distributions of 122 North Carolina bird specialties- where they occur, their abundances there, and the best times to see them
About the Author
Marshall Brooks is a professor of education at North Carolina Wesleyan College. He holds an undergraduate degree in biology education from the University of Missouri at Columbia and graduate degrees in science education and related fields from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has done post graduate study in the areas of conservation biology and ecology. As a volunteer, he conducts breeding bird surveys for the US Geological Service, migration monitoring for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, and participates in Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Feeder Watch Program. Marshall is a licensed bander and collects data for the Institute for Bird Population's Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship Program (MAPS). His banding station is located on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College. He has served as an Earth Watch volunteer on banding projects in Virginia and Ecuador. He is the webmaster for North Carolina Partners in Flight and is the chair of the NC Partners in Flight Outreach and Education Committee. Marshall has received recognition at both the state and national levels for his volunteer work with Partners in Flight. Mark Johns has worked as the Partners in Flight Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission since 1996, and is the state coordinator for the Breeding Bird Survey. He holds degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and Zoology from North Carolina State University and did his graduate research on Wood Duck nesting ecology. He has received awards for his work with the Partners in Flight program in North Carolina from the NC Wildlife Federation, the NC Chapter of the Wildlife Society, the American Forest & Paper Association and the National Partners in Flight Program. The Carolina Bird Club is the ornithological society of the Carolinas. It was founded in 1937 and meets each spring, fall, and winter at different locations in the Carolinas. It offers monthly bonus field trips and publishes a quarterly ornithological journal (The Chat) and a bi-monthly newsletter. More information is available at www.carolinabirdclub.org.