BOOK REVIEW-The Birder's Handbook: A Field
Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds, by Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin
and Darryl Wheye (Simon & Schuster, 1988)
by Wanda Smith
Have you ever wished you knew more about
certain birds, but shunned the thought of consulting
scholarly journals or wading through hefty coffee-
table books to satisfy your curiosity? The Birder's
Handbook is for you. Just off the press, this book
is the perfect supplement to your field guide, and
is compact enough (about 6x9 inches) to be added
to your traveling library.
The book provides information on behavior,
habitat, nesting, food preferences, conservation status, etc. for each of the 646 North American species
nesting north of Mexico. Also included in the 785-
page book are short essays which range in content
from bird biology to bird biologists, and from
threatened birds to threats to birds. The book is
arranged in taxonomic order with the bird information
on all left-hand pages and essays on the right-hand
pages. It is easy to read and contains many cross-
references so you don't miss any details. There is
also a 64-page bibliography in case you want to read
more on any subject. The Birder's Handbook is a
must for your birding library, especially at the reasonable price of $14.95. It is available at The
Chickadee and area book stores.
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Layout Artist Connie Clark
Typing Libby Price
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