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Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution Paperback – June 17, 2013
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"If you are lucky enough to visit the mighty Sierra (or if you just dream of going there someday), this book will multiply your understanding and enjoyment of its birdlife. With deep insights into the natural history, seasonal occurrence, and changing status of all the birds in the range, enhanced by beautiful illustrations, this is a monumental work that will be consulted and admired for decades to come."--Kenn Kaufman, author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding
"The delights and nuances of birding in the Sierra Nevada fly off the pages of this deeply researched and richly illustrated book. The illustrations capture the gestalt and details of each species, and the detailed descriptions are fun to read and packed with information that will help the reader see and understand more about birds. No other book combines these elements so successfully. The product of over fifteen years of research and painting, this is a magnificent resource for all who love the mountains and the biodiversity within them."--John Muir Laws, author and illustrator of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada
"Birds of The Sierra Nevada presents valuable scientific information in an easy, eloquent style, fitting to the majestic and inspirational region covered by this guide. Keith Hansen's illustrations reflect absolute attention to accuracy and to each species' essence, what the observer sees in the field. I strongly recommend this book, not just for those visiting the Sierra Nevada, but for birders and ornithologists throughout North America."--Peter Pyle, author of the Identification Guide to North American Birds
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I actually started to not look at the book entries until I had actually seen the bird in question because it was like a reward... the entries were so interesting you might just want to read it. It is definitely a supplement to any bird book you have already. It also pairs well with the smaller "Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide" and the "Sierra Nevada Natural History" (which is more general).
Myriad other apps and guides provide broad-range maps and physical ID clues for every species, but little or no information on the precise habitat of a particular bird or which companion species might also be found in that habitat.
This book does that in a clear and in-depth fashion. Finding a target species in the Sierra - and elsewhere - will be infinitely easier with this book in hand. And even if you are not interested in finding birds, the book is worth buying just for the incredible art work provided for each species by the wonderful artist, Keith Hansen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book on Sierra birds ever! So complete. I appreciate the effort it took to compile this much information. As a new birder this will be my go to book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donna Orth
I have had the pleasure of meeting and birding with Ed Pandolfino and enjoyed his talks on this book. I have not finished reading it but am also enjoying what I have read.Published 17 months ago by Nina Jones
I really enjoy this book because it has a great deal of natural history rather than brief identification notes. You can get to know how the birds lives are. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Jim Nixon
Excellent art work by Keith Hansen and accurate, detailed, and current information on the natural history, habitat use, distribution, conservation, and population trends of birds... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by David
Have used this book several times in the field. Also very enjoyable read with lots of great info. Very helpful.Published on September 18, 2013 by Kenneth Poerner
As a birding enthusiast, this beautifully illustrated Birds of the Sierra Nevada is a treasure! Not only are the authors, Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino, and illustrator, Keith... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Point Reyes Birding Enthusiast