In their second guide to birding in New Mexico, Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey share their experiences and intimate knowledge of the best places to find birds in and around Santa Fe and other areas in northern New Mexico.
Following the same format as their book on the Albuquerque area, the authors describe 32 sites organized by geographic regions. Along with a general description of each area, the authors list target birds; explain where and when to look for them; give driving directions; provide information about public transportation, parking, fees, restrooms, food, and lodging; and give tips on availability of water and picnic facilities and on the presence of hazards such as poison ivy, rattlesnakes, and bears. Maps and photographs provide trail diagrams and images of some of the target birds and their environments.
A "helpful information" section covering weather, altitude, safety, transportation, and other local birding resources is included along with an annotated checklist of 276 bird species seen with some regularity in and around Santa Fe.
"[...] Birding Hot Spots of Central New Mexico and Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos, and Northern New Mexico are excellent birdfinding guides to the Land of Enchantment. Anyone – visitor or resident – who will be birding this area is highly encouraged to make use of them. As for me, I’m really wanting to go to central New Mexico now!"
– Grant McCreary (03/04/2017), read the full review at The Birder's Library
"Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos, and Northern New Mexico includes everything but binoculars! Highest praise and appreciation to Judy and Barbara for their meticulously researched, lovingly detailed, and expertly written guide [...] an absolute must have for any birder."
– Jan Saunders, author of Bird Notes from the Galisteo Basin
"A well-researched, highly detailed and yet accessible guide, this is the go-to book for bird watching and understanding the ecosystems of northern New Mexio."
– Jim O'Donnell, Wilderness Guide, photographer, and author of Notes for the Aurora Society
"It's no secret that New Mexico is enchanting! But in this handy guidebook, the authors unlock and provide access to the special places to find birds in northern New Mexico- both well-known sites and gems off the beaten path. Rich with the selection of amazing bird watching sites on public lands and several sites on or near Pueblo lands as well as the details you need to plan your outing, this book comes from birders who want to open your eyes to birding while exploring the inspiring landscapes around Santa Fe and north. Whether you are visiting or live in New Mexico, this book is meant to be used on your adventures and will surely have a well-loved feel with dog-eared pages many years from now."
– Karyn Stockdale, Senior Advisor for National Audubon Society, formerly Vice President & Executive Director Audubon New Mexico
"These authors have done it again – providing yet another powerful birding guide for New Mexico! This user-friendly book will help birders discover the lesser-birded northern part of the state, with everything you'll need to know for your visit along with tantalizing lists of target birds. Not only will you add new species to your list, but you'll also contribute to our knowledge of birds in this area!"
– Carol Beidleman, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon New Mexico
"Liddell and Hussey have provided New Mexico birders and visitors with a valuable resource for bird-finding in northern New Mexico. The have identified the locally known areas – and some not so well known – where folks can go to find birds. This book will help bring New Mexico's diverse avifauna to a wider audience."
– Tom Jervis, President, Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society
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Judy Liddell is a freelance writer, teacher, blogger, and board member of Audubon New Mexico and the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, as well as president of the New Mexico Audubon Council.
Barbara Hussey is former president, board member, birding field trip leader, and newsletter editor for the Central New Mexico Audubon Society.
Liddell and Hussey live in Albuquerque and are coauthors of Birding Hot Spots of Central New Mexico.