- Spiral-bound: 371 pages
- Publisher: Tucson Audubon Society; 8th edition (2011)
- ISBN-10: 0964503166
- ISBN-13: 978-0964503168
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona - 8th Edition Spiral-bound – Unabridged, 2011
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With this newest edtion of our bird finding guide, we’ve added more content, including new sites, while keeping features that make our book a best seller, such as the spiral binding so it’ll lay open for use in the field. In keeping with our commitment to sustainability and conservation, this edition is printed locally on 55% recycled paper using soy-based inks and 100 renewable energy. We are proud of our book and hope it continues to be a key item on every birding trip you take in our wonderful corner of the country.
New to this edition:
1) 15 new birding sites across Southeast Arizona
2) New maps and updated older maps
3) Updated contact info and web addresses
4) Updated information on existing site locations
5) Updated information on entering Mexico
6) Updated IBA (Important Bird Areas) information, including sites
7) Information pertaining to areas affected by the 2011 fires
8) New Classifieds section for businesses catering to birders
9) Updated bar graphs and species accounts for all species
10) Easy to use index with bolding of all key pages
11) Printed locally on 55% recycled paper using renewable energy
12) Bold new cover and sturdier stock
13) New photos
14) Black spiral ring binding!
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The greatest shortcoming is the maps in combination with the text. For two of the three main localities we went to (Madera Canyon and Buenos Aires NWR), the text and maps are mismatched. In the case of Madera Canyon, the text starts out with several localities that are not mentioned on the map, and which we had problems finding on any of the four (!) road maps of the area we bought during our stay. The localities mentioned on the map aren't mentioned in the text until the third (!) page, after which the text is splendid. But why not include all the localities mentioned in the text on the map, or list these under a different heading?
Buenos Aires is even more confusing. The text starts at page 227, with a map of the main area on page 228, however the first entry is for Arivaca Cienega, a place that is well to the east of the main area (though part of the NWR), and which isn't mapped at all. This is followed (on page page 230) by a map of Arivaca Creek, and the text about this area (also part of the NWR), and only on page 231, three pages after the map, does the text on the main section of the NWR start. Why no map for Arivaca Cienega? Why have these things in such a strange order?
The third main locality we visited, Mount Lemmon, is excellently covered, however, so evidently the editors of the book know how to do it, they just choose not to do it that way for all localities, and instead decided to go for a more confusing layout.
Still, once we overcame these small issues, the book was excellent and well worth the money, however when going to SE Arizona, just remember that in addition to this book, you'll need a good road map of the area so that you can actually find the places listed in the book.
It is an excellent reference with detailed descriptions of birding sites, and directions to those sites. Notes are added for some locations with either cautions or special instructions.Parking areas are detailed along with logos for hiking, cycling, camping etc. Locations for overnight accommodations are also included. In short,all you need to know to explore this area.
The information is all up to date as far as I can tell as it also includes comments about areas that have changed since the fires in 2011.