"An excellent field guide. I'll be taking it along with me on all my travels in the region."
--J. Michael Meyers, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
No other region in America offers such a stunning abundance of birdlife (including an overwhelming number of exotic species) as the southeastern United States. A Guide to the Birds of the Southeastern States is the only single-source reference to this area's fascinating variety of birds, and if you want to find these feathered friends, veteran birdlife researcher John Rappole reveals the best places to look--from the tropical hammocks and cypress bays of the Everglades to the rugged peaks of the north Georgia Appalachians and the Gulf Coast beaches of Alabama and Mississippi. More than 190 sites are covered, including national parks, wildlife refuges, nature centers, and public access sites.
Specific information is provided for 376 individual species, all accompanied by a species photograph and distribution map, as well as information on the bird's appearance, voice, habits, habitat, regional abundance and distribution, and its world range. Rappole rounds out the coverage by explaining issues surrounding climate, physiology, and habitat, and provides photographs of all major habitats, including more than 30 of the most intriguing natural areas in the Southeast.
The guide makes an excellent resource for both the casual and expert enthusiast and also serves as a basic reference tool for wildlife managers, conservationists, natural history professionals, nature center instructors, and all levels of public land management in the Southeast.
John H. Rappole is a senior research scientist in ornithology and conservation biology at the Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia.
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"If you're heading south and want to know where to go birding, Rappole can point you in the right direction."
"Would be a handy reference when that, 'Wonder what that bird is?' question comes up."
"Those who genuinely ponder the difference between a barn owl and a barred owl (two similar owls commonly found in Mississippi) should look no further than Rappole's book, A Guide to the Birds of the Southeastern States… A compact reference book that beginners and experts will both find useful. A comprehensive index and colored tabs signifying each species group make this guide as necessary as a pair of binoculars for every bird enthusiast."
A useful reference for anyone with an interest in the birds of this region.