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"Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico draws upon the authors' familiarity with six clusters of the 29 very best birding locations within easy driving distance from downtown Albuquerque. Each of the concise site descriptions stands alone, thus avoiding cross-references and conveying a marvelous sense of place. This assures most efficient use of the visitor's time-- by suggesting the best way to follow a trail, providing locations of the nearest rest rooms, drinking water, lodging and gas stations, and even spots for a picnic lunch.
Road and trail conditions and elevation changes are carefully noted, as are hours of operation, any entrance fees and proximity of public transportation if available. Particular hazards are pointed out as may be necessary, as well as wheelchair accessibility and
obstacles for those with limited mobility, At some sites, the visitor will know what time of day is most favorable for birding, and where to get the best views when the trees are bare or fields are flooded. Nearly a dozen maps complement site-specific driving directions that all start from the intersection of I-40 and I-25 in the heart of Albuquerque. There is a strong emphasis on how to most efficiently locate target species, some of which may be found almost exclusively at one or a few of the hot spots. All of the expected species are listed in an annotated checklist that references only the best locations for finding them. Unlike some bird finding guides, the text is not cluttered with aging reports of rare and unusual birds. Instead, the reader is sensibly advised to consult the latest eBird and rare bird alerts before setting out. Nearly all of these locations are already indexed by name in eBird. Whether planning an extended trip or a few hours' escape from a business meeting, birders with all levels of experience will find Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico
an invaluable traveling companion."--Kenneth C Schneider, retired physician and lifelong birder

(Kenneth C. Schneider 2011-03-03)

"Birding enthusiasts will find Birding Hot Spots of Central New Mexico helpful in locating birds when visiting Albuquerque and the surrounding area. The authors not only list the expected  bird species for each hot spot, but detailed directions for reaching the location. They also make good use of the internet and give web sites for many of the areas mentioned. Readers will discover that there is a variety of habitats in central New Mexico which translates into a large variety of bird species to be encountered."--Rebecca Gracey, Central New Mexico Audubon Society Thursday-Birders Coordinator
 

(Rebecca Gracey 2011-03-07)

"Birding Hot Spots in Central New Mexico by Judith Liddell and Barbara Hussey is a must-have guide for the serious out-of-town birder who comes to Central New Mexico. The guide is practical, user-friendly and comprehensive. It starts off with an overall description of Albuquerque area's landscape, life zones, birds, possible hazards such as snakes, poison ivy, weather and altitude, etc. These factors are then applied to each selected site with the seasonal variation in bird species included. The information is presented clearly and logically thus adding to the fun of birding in the Albuquerque area."-- Sei Tokuda, retired professor of immunology and former chair of the Department of Microbiology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine
(Sei Tokuda 2011-03-14)

"Liddell and Hussey have written a guide that will be invaluable to central New Mexico visitors and local birders alike. But their explanations of the region's natural history and advice on places to go and things to see reach beyond the birds alone, making this book a treat for anyone who loves the outdoors." — John Fleck, science writer, Albuquerque Journal
(John Fleck science writer, Albuquerque Journal 2011-06-27)

“This [book] will certainly further information about New Mexico birding sites. The fact that the same authors wrote both books in a similar format is a nice touch – one that provides consistency for birders and travelers to the New Mexico area. The writing is consistent and never comes across as too academic or dense.” – Jim Peterson
(Jim Peterson 2014-04-08)

"Many birders are familiar with Judy Liddell's popular blog, It's a Bird Thing. Judy's blog entries often describe her local trips with the Thursday Birders, a dedicated group of Central New Mexico Audubon Society members who get out to interesting places every Thursday morning. Most of the Thursday Birder excursions are in or around the city of Albuquerque for a half day, making it easy to fit them into a busy schedule. Reading her narratives brings me back to the eleven years I lived in New Mexico. Judy is active in Central New Mexico Audubon Society. In additon to leading CNMAS bird walks, she serves as Vice President and Program Chair. She also is secretary of New Mexico Audubon Council and is a bird monitor for the Rio Grande Nature Center. With fellow birder and experienced birding guide Barbara Hussey, Judy has co-authored Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico. In addition to long and dedicated service for the Rio Grande Nature Center, Barbara is a former President and Board member of CNMAS, and one of the founders of New Mexico Volunteer for the Outdoors."--Rosyfinch Ramblings

(Rosyfinch Ramblings 2011-10-27)

"A must have for those birding in the region!"--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report, The Guardian

(Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report 2011-11-07)

"...this guide focuses much more on getting you to a good spot for birding and telling you what to look for. This makes it infinitely more valuable to birders who visit the area infrequently or maybe for the first time...descriptions are very thorough but readable...the local recommendations are great...clean and simple maps show access points, trails, and points of interest and the good number of excellent photographs highlight habitat and species of interest...enough to break up the text and keep the book visually entertaining. The text is in
a font that is crisp and easy to read...this is an excellent guide to the area..."--Drew Weber, Nemesis Bird

(Drew Weber Nemesis Bird 2012-05-16)

About the Author

JUDY LIDDELL is a board member of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society and a bird monitor for the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque. In addition to being a former president and board member of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, BARBARA HUSSEY is also a founding member of the Rio Grande Nature Center.
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Product Details

  • Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series (Book 42)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; annotated edition edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603444262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603444262
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Paul Holsinger on February 21, 2012
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Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey's BIRDING HOT SPOTS OF CENTRAL NEW MEXICO may well be a close to the perfect local birding guide as one will ever find! I have been a serious birder for more than thirty years and have birded, and bought birding guides, in every state in the United States and a number of foreign countries as well. Some of those guides, such as those published under the imprint of the American Birding Association, are, for the most part, first-rate, with careful directions to special sites not only where one can see birds but also about the birds themselves. Others are far less well-written and certainly far less useful (and a terrible waste of money to boot). Liddell and Hussey's book, published as part of the always excellent Texas A. and M. University Nature Series, comes as close to the best ABA volumes that anyone can imagine. It is exceptionally well-written and extremely careful in providing details to great birding locales ranging from the urban Albuquerque region south to Socorro and the internationally famous Bosque del Apache. It hits all the "obvious" sites -- the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains, the Bosque and on and on -- but it also picks up places not usually visited by birders such as the wonderfully evocative Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument at Quarai (one of my favorite places anywhere in the world) and it does so with precision. There are maps to many of the sites and though it is clear that an automobile is useful if one plans to see some of the more remote spots, the authors have even provided information on the proper bus routes necessary to access spots throughout Albuquerque and its environs.Read more ›
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Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico draws upon the authors' familiarity with six clusters of the 29 very best birding locations within easy driving distance from downtown Albuquerque.

Each of the concise site descriptions stands alone, thus avoiding cross-references and conveying a marvelous sense of place. This assures most efficient use of the visitor's time-- by suggesting the best way to follow a trail, providing locations of the nearest rest rooms, drinking water, lodging and gas stations, and even spots for a picnic lunch.

Road and trail conditions and elevation changes are carefully noted, as are hours of operation, any entrance fees and proximity of public transportation if available. Particular hazards are pointed out as may be necessary, as well as wheelchair accessibility and obstacles for those with limited mobility. At some sites, the visitor will know what time of day is most favorable for birding, and where to get the best views when the trees are bare or fields are flooded. Nearly a dozen maps complement site-specific driving directions that all start from the intersection of I-40 and I-25 in the heart of Albuquerque.

There is a strong emphasis on how to most efficiently locate target species, some of which may be found almost exclusively at one or a few of the hot spots. All of the expected species are listed in an annotated checklist that references only the best locations for finding them. Unlike some bird finding guides, the text is not cluttered with aging reports of rare and unusual birds. Instead, the reader is sensibly advised to consult the latest eBird and rare bird alerts before setting out. Nearly all of these locations are already indexed by name in eBird.

Whether planning an extended trip or a few hours' escape from a business meeting, birders with all levels of experience will find Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico an invaluable traveling companion.
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The book doesn't treat a very long list of sites, and not nearly all the decent birding locations in the Albuquerque area. The sections it does treat aren't given the detail they deserve. Would also appreciate more help on access and parking kind of concerns. Beyond that, a mostly helpful little volume for birders new or traveling to ABQ.
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For full disclosure, I know one of the authors from birding trips in Albuquerque. But that doesn't make this book any less helpful or well-written. I've lived here for a few years but still use the book frequently. The layout for describing each location explains what you'll see, where you'll see it and how to get around.
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Even with all of the avaiable info down online, it is still satisfying to sit down with a book and have everything in one place. This is very well-organized as well. And, besides the description of the site and birds that may be seen, there are other details like public transportation, parking, food, safety etc. Well worth the price.
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