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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1st edition (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813533503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813533506
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,812,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The charismatic birds of prey are the subject of this new introductory work by a well- known raptor specialist and writer (A Guide to Hawk Watching in North America, 1999). Heintzelman, active in raptor studies for nearly 50 years, concentrates here on the eagles, hawks, and owls found east of the Mississippi River. Beginning with the ecological roles of the birds of prey, the author then discusses hawk and owl migrations. Chapters on raptor conservation, how average citizens can contribute to raptor science, and recreational raptor watching complete the general sections. Some 33 species of hawks and owls are found regularly in eastern North America, and each is profiled. Ranging in size from the tiny saw whet owl to the enormous golden eagle, and in number from the ubiquitous American kestrel to the elusive great grey owl, each species is discussed and illustrated. Basic information on habitat, distribution, food, nesting, behavior, migration, and population are provided. This excellent primer on two popular groups of birds will be in demand at all eastern libraries. Nancy Bent
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Especially recommended to those in the fast-growing populations that include outdoor enthusiasts, casual birdwatchers, and active birders. -- International Hawkwatcher

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The author is an excellent bird photographer.
Robert A. Compton
High school biology teachers as well as college instructors in ecology and other life sciences should consider this book for use as a supplemental text.
Danny R. Kunkle
This is an excellent source book for basic and accurate information on the hawks and owls in Eastern North America, including eastern Canada.
Jean Iron

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danny R. Kunkle on November 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Reprinted from Wildlife Activist Number 48. Reveiw by Paul Hess.

Hawks and Owls of Eastern North America by Donald S. Heintzelman. 2004. 203 pages. Hardbound. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ. $29.95.

Recent publications about North American raptors have rarely covered well the wide middle-ground between specialized ornithological treatises and overly superficial introductions to the subject. This book by a distinguished raptor expert, author, and conservation leader spans the large gap successfully. The opening chapter provides an excellent introduction to raptor ecology, focusing primarily and appropriately on raptors' role as predators at the top of the food chain. Chapter two captures the drama of hawk migrations in spring and fall, explaining the landforms, weather conditions and other factors influencing where and when hawks migrate. Data are interpreted to illustrate patterns and trends in numbers at major migration routes throughout the eastern United States and Canada. These, it should be noted, are topics in which the author's vast knowledge has led to two of the foremost publications of their kind: A Guide to Hawk Watching in North America in 1979 and The Migrations of Hawks in 1986, both of which, incidentally, are worth seeking on the used book market. Chapter three describes the nearly invisible migratory movements by some owl species and the sometimes spectacular irruptions by others from the tundra and boreal forest of Canada far south into the United States. The emphasis given to raptor conservation in chapter four is particularly gratifying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Compton on February 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In the 1960s, I lectured on hawks and owls for the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association. If this book had been available then, my talks would have been much better.Almost any question you can ask is answered in this book.The author is an excellent bird photographer. When he did not illustrate birds with his own photos, he had the good sense to use pictures by the likes of the legendary Ron Austing.My librarian wife is especially impressed by the comprehensive index.This book belongs in the library (or car) of every hawk watcher.
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Format: Hardcover
Hawks and Owls of Eastern North America. 2004. Donald S. Heintzelman. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey and London. Hardcover, 213 pages.

The author has been active in raptor studies and conservation for 50 years. This is a real raptor book because it covers both hawks and owls. Most books called raptor guides cover only hawks and relatives in the order Falconiformes plus vultures and condors. This book interestingly does not cover vultures, which are usually grouped with hawks in most hawk guides.

Chapters cover raptor ecology, hawk migrations, owl migration and invasions, raptor conservation, citizen sciences, raptor watching, Osprey and Northern Harrier, Kites, Eagles, Accipiters, Soaring Hawks, Caracaras and Falcons, Barn Owls and Typical Owls. The factual information in each species account is supported by a thorough study of the published literature. It includes habitat, distribution, food habits, nesting and life cycle, behaviour, migration, and population. These concise headings allow one to find information quickly. There are many high quality and well-chosen black-and-white and colour photographs by numerous photographers.

This is an excellent source book for basic and accurate information on the hawks and owls in Eastern North America, including eastern Canada. I recommend this book to teachers, nature schools, and people interested in hawks and owls. Birders will find it a fine supplement to their field guides.
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