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The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 10, February 1963 - Image 4. February 1963. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3758/show/3747.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 10, February 1963
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XI, No. 10, February 1963
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Snyder, Linda
Contributor (Local)
  • Snyder, Clinton
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date February 1963
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 9, Folder 21
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Page 4 BOOK REVIEW: by Boel Pettingell (et al) THE HABDBOOK OF BORTH AMERICAB BIRDS Vol. I LOONS THROUGH FLAMINGOS Edited by Ralph S. Palmer Published May, 1962 Sponsored by the American Ornithologists' Union and New York State Museum and Science Service An excellent summary of the scope of this fine reference volume appears in Audubon Field Notes for April I962 (1961 Christmas Bird Count issue), which reads, in part: "This monumental work summarizes the existing knowledge of the birds of North America... will comprise at least six volumes when completed and is certain to be the standard reference work for years to come. "The Handbook attempts to characterize in nontechnical language each species as fully and clearly as possible. "In the scale attempted in the present work, at least the following are new to North American ornithology: a simplified and more universal color standard, the method of treating plumage and molts, fairly detailed range maps, inclusion of displays in context with other aspects of avian life cycles, and data on banding status and survival. Each volume will include a minimum of six color plates, a range map for nearly every species, and many drawings." Another fine review of this book (by Roland C. Clement, Staff Biologist of the National Audubon Society) appears in Audubon Magazine for September-October 1962, from which the following excerpts are taken: "...The growth of knowledge about birds crowds the technical journals and cries for integration. This, Dr. Ralph S. Palmer, arctic explorer, mammalogist and ornithologist, has now attempted to do... "This work is the first in a new multi-volume Handbook series, comparable to the famous British Handbook. Other volumes...are expected at roughly l8-month intervals. "This is no leisurely-paced summary but a tightly-edited, telegraphic compilation of all that is significant about North American birds, north of Mexico. Like the Bent series, it is to be a cooperative venture, with specialists contributing sections, and several artists joining in providing diagnostic Illustrations. "You may safely wager that anything significant we know about birds which is not in these volumes appeared in print after their publication!" Audubon Magazine for November-December 1962 contains still another enthusiastic review of the Handbook by Roger Tory Peterson, who devotes his entire "Blrd's-Eye View" column to this ornithological masterpiece. Significant statements by Mr. Peterson which supplement those given in the two preceding review include: "Although 26 contributors are listed In Volume I it is quite certain that Dr. Palmer wrote virtually half the book. "...The publication of Volume I of the Handbook of North American Birds marks not just the appearance of another fine bird book but also a milestone in American ornithology, a milestone perhaps more meaningful than any other in "the past two decades. "Americans need no longer look with envy at the British Handbook. We now have the finest handbook in the world, one that is almost certain to force our friends across the sea to revamp their own." Readers of THE SPOONBILL may find the following compilation of details pertaining to the Handbook, which are not covered by the foregoing paragraphs to be of additional interest: I) AREA COVERED: Continental U.S., Canada, Greenland, and Bermuda. (Note: 5th Ed. of AOU Check-list (1957 & I961) Includes the above regions plus Baja California.) II) BIRDS INCLUDED: All species and subspecies occurring in the above area, in cluding forms -which have became extinct within historic times and introduced species which have become established. (Note: Almost all pelagic speeies included have been taken within 12 miles of the North American coast.)