- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Doubleday & Co. (1946)
- ASIN: B003KDTAEG
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Audubon Bird Guide Eastern Land Birds Unknown Binding – 1946
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Beautiful black book with gold emobossed letters. Printed in 1946 by Doubleday & Co. Inner map pages and color illustrations. A wonderful collectible!
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The field guide being reviewed here is the 1946 Audubon Bird Guide of Eastern Land Birds. This book went through a reprint in 1949. It is cloth bound and has a total of 48 color plates. It attempts to cover the birds of Eastern and Central North America from Southern Texas to Central Greenland. It was published by Richard H. Pough and sponsored by the National Audubon Society.
Now I am reviewing this work more in historical context than the current practicality and usefulness of the book as an actual field guide. I have, as I write this, no less than seven modern field guides covering the same group of birds and the same geographical locations. These modern guides are the best you can get at this point in history and to be frank, there is little to no comparison to this early Audubon attempt and what I have in my bird book stash at the present time. Does this make this work worthless though? I think not.
Birding has come a long, long way over the past three or four decades and we continue to make progress. Since the late 1960s through the mid 1990s we have lived through the golden age of birding. We have never had access to so many birds with so much high tech equipment and so much freedom to travel as we "had" during that time period. Those who were lucky enough to have been birding during that period were blessed. Those days are quickly coming to an end. We are loosing dozens of species each year around the world and this loss of species is escalating at a tremendous, and I might add, a depressing pace. The loss of habitat, the encroachment of mankind, chemical pollution and global warming are all taking their toll. Politics In the form of war and denial of the global warming situation have made traveling to many areas near impossible at this time. Our world is changing and books such as the one being reviewed here are helpful reminders of where we have been, what is changing, and unless something drastic happens, where we are going.
In scanning though this work I find that there is quite a bit of concern over the decline of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker...go figure. Due to species splits and species grouping the reader will find that this work covers the Macgillivray's Warbler...now that is one you will not find in our current books. I also note that the range descriptions in this work are, for the most part, wildly inaccurate. This is partly due to the fact that the folks back then simply did not know and the fact that; again, due to global warming, ranges of many birds have been drastically expanded or reduced over the past 20 or so years.
The color plates in this work, which cover a great many of the birds addressed in the text are actually not bad for that time and place. There are of course no "field marks" presented and the color is a bit different than we have today. Still and all, most of the birds can be identified via there illustrations here to a certain extent.
If you collect books such as this, this is a good one to add. I would not of course recommend this one for a active and useful field guide as there are many new books that are much, much better and more accurate. This one will give you a good nostalgic trip though although I must tell you that it is a bit depressing.