SCIENCES

National Audubon Society Birds of North America

Knopf. Apr. 2021. 912p. ISBN 9780525655671. $49.95. NAT HIST
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In this striking, comprehensive guide to birding, the Audubon Society remains true to its mission of protecting birds and preserving their habitats. This volume covers more than 800 birds, organized according to the checklist of the American Ornithological Society, the official source on the taxonomy of birds in North and Middle America. Each full-page entry provides a description of a bird, as well as range maps and information about habitat, voice, nesting, and similar species. Two additional features help this guide stand out: its sheer quantity of photographs, and its note on each bird’s conservation status; users will find it easier to identify birds due to the multiple photographs of each species in its natural habitat. The work also contains an introduction, essays on bird biology topics by leading ornithologists, a glossary, and an index. The result is a thorough guide that might inspire readers to become advocates for birds and their conservation.
VERDICT This guide is a must-have for birders and nature lovers.
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