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The Feather Quest: A North American Birder's Year

Biography / Memoir

By: Pete Dunne(Author), Roger Tory Peterson(Foreword By)

355 pages, 1 b/w map

Mariner Books

Paperback | Apr 1999 | #227307 | ISBN: 0395927900
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Hardback | Feb 1992 | #227308 | ISBN: 0525933921
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When a flash of pink was spotted in a cloud of gray gulls over Newburyport, Massachusetts, ten thousand people descended on the town in hopes of seeing a rare Ross's gull from Siberia. Among them were Pete and Linda Dunne, who set off from there on a year-long odyssey. Dunne has poured the most remarkable stories, birds, and characters into this unforgettable book about their once-in-a-lifetime adventure.


Foreword / Roger Tory Peterson
Introduction to the Mariner edition
Birthday Present

1. Whippany, New Jersey: Birding with the Kid
2. Newsburyport, Massachusetts: River and Roots
3. Florida: In the Wader Pool (Getting Our Feet Wet)
4. Everglades National Park, Florida: Going to Snake Bight
5. Rio Grande Valley, Texas: The Valley
6. Baltimore, Maryland: The Pink Pukka
7. Mississippi, Alabama, Florida: Gulf Coast Spring
8. Point Pelee, Ontario: Impact at the Omega Point
9. New Jersey: The World Series of Birding
10. Attu, Alaska: Birding the Fringe
11. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska: Birding Beyond the Ken
12. Manitoba, Canada: Have Bins, Will Travel
13. The Pawnee Grasslands, Colorado: Prairie Summer
14. Southeast Arizona: Eden's Desert
15. Monterey, California: Shearwater Journeys
16. Cape May, New Jersey: Birding's Migration Main Line
17. Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania: The Endless Mountain
18. Sacramento Valley and Tule Lake, California: Storms of Wings
19. Los Padres National Forest, California: Ghost Dancing on Mount Pinos
20. Old Lyme, Connecticut: Pilgrimage
21. Baldwin City, Kansas: Little Count on the Prairies

Appendix: Binoculars

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Pete Dunne is the author of a dozen birding books, including Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion, The Art of Bird Identification, The Feather Quest, and Tales of a Low-Rent Birder. Birding ambassador with the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory, he has written articles for virtually every birding magazine and for the New York Times. He lives in Cumberland County, New Jersey.

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars.

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