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TWO NEW BIG BEND BOOKS
Ro Wauer, familiar as the former Park Naturalist in Big Bend National
Park, has published two books on Big Bend: BIRDS OF BIG BEND NATIONAL
PARK AND VICINITY and NATURALIST'S BIG BEND.
The bird book is not an Identification manual - any of the usual books
provide all that TTneeded to identify Bid Bend birds. What Ro's book
offers is a complete listing of all birds ever seen in the park, giving their abundance, dates of arrival and departure, and where to find
them in the park. He occasionally comments on the birds of nearby
areas such as the Davis Mountains or Balmorhea Lake. There is a map
locating all areas mentioned as well as a complete chapter discussing
birding localities and what species are likely to be found at each
one in various seasons. This book is as essential as a field guide
for anyone visiting the Big Bend. It was published by the University
of Texas press and sells for $4.95.
NATURALIST'S BIG BEND has chapters on trees and shrubs, wildflowers,
cacti, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects and
other invertebrates. Such a small book cannot discuss all the flora
and fauna of a land of such diversity, but most of the plants and
animals that the non-specialist visitor is likely to notice are commented on. The book is illustrated with black and white photographs
and a section of drawings of the most abundant plants. This book is
43.65 and is available for Peregrine Productions, Box 5373, Santa Fe,
New Mexico 8750I (postpaid).
The Lubbock Audubon Society has just published a new check list of
the birds of Lubbock county. It was printed for them by the Lubbock
Chamber of CommerceU It is free for the asking. Just send a .
stamped, self-addressed long envelope to CHECKLIST, 2518 38th St.,
Lubbock, Texas 79413. Like all check-lists, it was out of date as
soon as published, for they promptly found a Black-crested Titmouse,
a species not listed.
Hummingbird fanciers will be interested in the newsletter published
by Wool-world, feWTJlive Springs Road, Santa Cruz, California 950bO.
Free for the asking, it is full of "hummingbirding' ideas and news.
But beware, they will tempt you with hummingbird feeders,^a hummingbird pin, hummingbird note paper, hummingbird postcards, hummingoira
scarves, and hummingbird books!