PETERSON FIELD GUIDE: BIRDS OF EASTERN & CENTRAL NORTH AMERICA 6TH EDITION
Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: HOUGHTON-MIFFLIN CO, Mar 2010
With all-new range maps, updated text, & 40 new paintings, the completely revised 6th edition is sure to be valuable additions to any birder's pocket or daypack. Portable & beautifully illustrated, these guides show all of a bird's key field marks & use the Peterson Identification System to make bird identification easier for beginning & intermediate bird watchers. 159 Color plates, 512 maps; Vinyl Bound; 5x8 inches, 472 pgs.
With all-new range maps, updated text, & 40 new paintings, the completely revised editions of two classic Peterson Field Guides are sure to be valuable additions to any birder's pocket or daypack. At a trim size of 5 x 8, they are portable but also beautifully illustrated. Photographs, while modern looking & colorful, capture just one moment in time. The paintings in these guides, however, show all of a bird's key field marks & use the Peterson Identification System to make bird identification easier for beginning & intermediate bird watchers.
A team of professional birders has updated the text, the maps, & the art for these authoritative guides. Expert birders also created 35 entertaining & easy-to-use video podcasts, which are available to download. They make fun & educational viewing on a computer desktop or MP3 player.
The best-selling field guide since 1934, the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern & Central North America is now in its sixth edition. With clear, succinct accounts of more than 500 species, accurate & beautiful paintings on 159 color plates, & 512 maps annotated with extensive range information, this is the most up-to-date & accessible field guide for bird watchers in eastern North America.
Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Petersons Field Guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement. By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative skills of an artist and writer, Peterson created a field guide that Robert Bateman, in his foreword to the fifth edition, says was the doorway for millions of people into the wonderland of natural history. The Peterson Identification System has been used in the more than fifty books that make up the Peterson Field Guide series. Petersons magnum opus, now in its fifth edition, created the trail for countless field guides to follow. They are still following year by year, but his is the standard by which all other field guides are judged. On the morning of July 28, 1996, Roger Peterson was painting his final bird plate. He died peacefully in his sleep later that day. It is fitting that his final worka culmination of more than sixty years of observing, painting, and writingshould be this one, a revision of the guide that started his legacy.
Seventy years ago, Houghton Mifflin published the flagship book of the Peterson Field Guide series, A Field Guide to the Birds. The best-selling collection has grown to become the most comprehensive series of field guides, covering nearly every North American animal & plant & more, and establishing a benchmark against which other field guides are measured.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the worlds 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, and the Peterson Field Guides, are credited with helping to set the stage for the environmental movement.