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A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America

By Roger Tory Peterson (Author)
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Pages   450
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5" Height: 1"
Release Date   Apr 1, 2002
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin
ISBN  0395740460  
EAN  9780395740460  


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Item Description...
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Blending the steadfast observations of a scientist with the creativity of an artist and writer, a definitive field guide, featuring the renowned Peterson identification System, collects more than sixty years of observations, paintings, and writings in aBlending the steadfast observations of a scientist with the creativity of an artist and writer, a definitive field guide, featuring the renowned Peterson Identification System, collects more than sixty years of observations, paintings, and writings in a newly updated version that details the birds of Eastern and Central North America and pays tribute to the late author. Simultaneous. newly updated version that details the birds of Eastern and Central North America and pays tribute to the late author. Simultaneous.

Publishers Description
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 Peterson's 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. Peterson's 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 work—a culmination of more than sixty years of observing, painting, and writing—should be this one, a revision of the guide that started his legacy.


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More About Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson Roger Tory Peterson‚ one of the world’s preeminent naturalists‚ was born August 28‚ 1908‚ in Jamestown‚ New York. As is often the case‚ it was an influential teacher who turned a young boy away from mischief and toward a new future. Peterson’s seventh-grade teacher encouraged her class to join a Junior Audubon Club. Her enthusiasm for birds was captivating‚ and almost overnight Peterson became completely absorbed in their world. Not satisfied to observe the birds passively‚ Peterson became passionate about identifying each species. He began making field sketches and soon thereafter decided to pursue a career as an artist.

FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER

After graduating from high school‚ Peterson moved to New York City‚ where he attended the Art Students League (1927-1928) and the National Academy of Design (1929-1931). During this time‚ his pursuit of birds continued unabated and he had the opportunity to meet many of the leading ornithologists of the day. As an instructor in science and art at the Rivers School in Brookline‚ Massachusetts‚ he had his first opportunity to begin sharing his joy of bird watching with the next generation. Elliot Richardson (later attorney general of the United States) was one of Peterson’s students. Many years later‚ Richardson remembered Peterson’s influence and nominated him for Outstanding Teacher of the Year. This award was only one of the many honors Peterson would earn in his lifetime. The culmination of Peterson’s artistic and bird identification skills was the publication of his first book‚ A Field Guide to the Birds‚ in 1934.

When Peterson sought a publisher for the book‚ some doubted whether he could entice people into watching — and learning how to identify — birds. But when Houghton Mifflin took a chance on the young artist and naturalist‚ A Field Guide to the Birds sold out its first printing of 2‚000 copies in one week. It has never stopped selling in five different editions over the last 68 years‚ and it has gone on to spawn the most successful series of nature guides ever published in the United States.

Roger Tory Peterson was born in 1908 and died in 1996.

Roger Tory Peterson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. First Guide
  2. Peterson Field Guide Coloring Books
  3. Peterson Field Guides (Audio)
  4. Peterson Field Guides (Hardcover)
  5. Peterson Field Guides (Paperback)
  6. Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists (Paperback)
  7. Peterson First Guides


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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Peterson Bird Guide  Apr 20, 2010
I was glad to get the Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America. I have two other bird guides, and this makes my resources for identification rather complete. I like having more than one book, to compare pictures and information. I like to have both photos and drawings. It makes the task so much easier. Not all birds of a species will be exactly like a drawing, so having both makes for a better birding experience.
 
Best bird ID book  Feb 10, 2010
I found this to be a great help in identifying the birds at our feeder. You can never go wrong with Roger Tory Peterson books. I've had others on other topics by him and his wife and they are all the best.
 
Birds of Eastern & Central N. America  Jan 30, 2010
Excellent Birds of Eastern and Central North America Field Buide by Roger tory Peterson. Was highly recommended by our Birding group in Mississippi. Very detailed for identification of birds. Books were in excellent condition when received.
 
Bill K  Dec 7, 2009
It was just the book that I was looking for it couldn't have been better.

Bill K
 
Bird watching  Oct 23, 2009
Since we have numerous birds coming to our outside feeders, there were some birds that we didn't know. I ordered the book to help us identify some of them whenever they come to our feeders.
The book is very informative and enlightening and it has helped us out a great deal.If you are a bird watcher then this book is a must have.
 

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