Identify and learn about over two hundred and fifty birds of the Sierra Nevada, California. From tiniest hummingbirds to condors with nine-foot wingspans; from lower-elevation wrens to the rasping nutcrackers of the High Sierra; from urban House Sparrows to wild water-loving American Dippers, Hansen’s Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevada showcases artist-naturalist Keith Hansen’s sixteen-year project to illustrate the birds of the Sierra Nevada.
Paired with stunningly detailed portraits is text informed by decades of birding experience – prose that while firmly grounded in expertise will nonetheless delight readers with its whimsy, allusion, and affection. Take the Bufflehead: “A diminutive and endearing diving duck”, which moves “with spirited abandon”. Or the “scrappy and antagonistic” Merlin, “holding dominion over winter skies, tormenting eagles, hawks, and vultures alike”. The White-tailed Kite is “angelic in poise, a streamlined bird of unblemished tailoring”; the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher sports a black eye-to-eye brow, imparting a “Frida Kahlo-like stare”.
This book is the field guide companion to the Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution, also coauthored by Edward C. Beedy and illustrated by Keith Hansen.
Keith Hansen is a professional bird illustrator whose images have been featured in Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution; Discovering Sierra Birds; Birds of Yosemite and the East Slope; and The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula, among other books.
Edward C. Beedy, who has a PhD in zoology, has authored numerous technical publications and articles about Sierra birds. He is the co-author of Birds of the Sierra Nevada and Discovering Sierra Birds.
Adam Donkin designs apps for major tech companies in Silicon Valley. He is co-founder of Flock LLC., where he creates mobile app experiences that encourage people to fall in love with nature through birding.