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Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest: 85 Unforgettable Species, Their Fascinating Lives, and How to Find Themby Sarah Swanson and Max Smith
The Pacific Northwest is a bird-watching paradise. Puffins, eagles, herons, woodpeckers, cranes, and hummingbirds can all be easily observed — that is, if you know where to look. The perfect gift for any nature lover, this guide shares the inside scoop on when and where to find dozens of unforgettable species.
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The Pacific Northwest is a great place for birding. You can find Western Grebes dancing on water, or hear the Pacific Wren's song cascade through a mossy forest.
Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest is a lively, practical guide that helps readers discover 85 of the region's most extraordinary birds. Each bird profile includes notes on what they eat, where they migrate from, and where to find them in Washington and Oregon. Profiles also include stunning color photographs of each bird. Birds are grouped by what they are known for or where they are most likely to be found — like beach birds, urban birds, colorful birds, and killer birds.
This is an accessible guide for casual birders, weekend warriors, and families looking for an outdoor experience. Eight easy-going birding weekends, including stops in Puget Sound, the Central Washington wine country, and the Klamath Basin, offer wonderful getaway ideas and make this a must-have guide for locals and visitors alike.
"This bird book is blissfully unscientific. It's not that science is bad when birds are involved, it's just nice that someone has found a new way to present descriptions of 85 of our favorite birds in Oregon and Washington... among them are big birds, colorful birds and urban birds." Terry Richard
"Some of us don't know a cedar waxwing from a belted kingfisher — but Sarah Swanson sure does....Besides profiling 85 flying fiends of the Northwest, the book traces eight weekend birding vacations." The Oregonian
"Looks like a field guide, reads like a travel book. This accessible guide will appeal to less experienced birders as well as visitors to the Pacific Northwest." Seattle Met Blog
"Oregonians Swanson and Smith take a practical approach to regional bird-watching with 85 lucid descriptions of notable Northwest species." Library Journal
"Must-See Birds lists some of the prime locations for spotting each species, and also proposes several weekend birding trips. Whether you have a yen to spot a pelican, a wigeon, or a woodpecker, this is a congenial book — interesting to read through, and even more fun to put to use!" Alaska Airlines Magazine
"This tome tells the stories of each species, illustrated by sumptuous photographs and, most helpful, where to find them." Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bellingham Herald
About the Author
Sarah Swanson has worked as an environmental educator for the Audubon Society of Portland. She loves teaching adults and children about natural history by leading field trips and classes.
Max Smith is a wildlife biologist currently working with the U.S. Forest Service. Since 2003, he has studied the mechanisms through which invasive plants and wildfire influence the reproductive success of birds.
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