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In this unique guidebook that will appeal to novice and experienced birders alike, the authors of acclaimed Birdfinding in British Columbia explore their 30 favourite birding sites in the diverse landscape of Canada's westernmost province. More detailed and more personal than the Cannings's previous books, and illustrated with more than 30 colour photographs of birds and locales, and 28 maps, Best Places to Bird in British Columbia introduces some sites that will be familiar favorites for readers, while others may come as a surprise.
Readers can choose their destination by species – each chapter has a list of Specialty Birds, the ornithological highlights of a trip to the area in question – or by geography – each chapter is named for its region and includes detailed information not only on how to get there but also on how to make the most of being there. Personal anecdotes, historical background, and ornithological information make this an indispensable guide to exploring the best birding sites B.C. has to offer and learning more about its bird population.
Russell Cannings has been an avid birder since his childhood in B.C.'s Okanagan. He has worked extensively as a field biologist throughout the province. In 2012 MacLean's called him "Canada's Top Birder". He now lives in New Zealand.
Richard Cannings is a veteran biologist, birder, and nature writer. A lifetime resident of B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, he is a founding director of the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and a member of the national board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He is the author of several books, including British Columbia: A Natural History and The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist.