192 pages, 200 colour photos, 200 illustrations, 160 maps
This pocket guide takes the authority and reputation of National Geographic's top-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America and turn it short and sweet. Here is a book that meets the same standards of excellence, trimmed down in size and content, tailored to the needs of an eager beginner who may not want to invest in a more comprehensive field guide. Affordable, beautifully illustrated, and easy to carry, this entry-level birding title will welcome newcomers to an activity enjoyed by millions.
"[...] National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America is a great introduction to North America’s common birds, promoting not only identification but also a genuine interest in birds. It is ideal for those who are interested in birds, but not yet a birder. But earnest birders, even beginners, would be better served by a full field guide."
- Grant McCreary (06-10-2013), read the full review at The Birder's Library
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LAURA ERICKSON has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, blogger, public speaker, photographer, and Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She's written six previous books about birds, including a National Outdoor Book Award winner. She's currently a columnist and contributing editor for "BirdWatching" magazine. She produces the long-running "For the Birds" radio program for many public radio stations; the program is podcast on iTunes. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
JONATHAN ALDERFER, artist and naturalist, is the resident birding expert at National Geographic. He is author and editor of numerous National Geographic birding books, including co-author of the top-selling "Field Guide to the Birds of North America. " The author lives Washington, D.C..