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This book is based on the premise that birders can successfully plan to find a vast number of species of birds in North America, as long as they are armed with information about where to go, when to go, and what to expect.
Birdfinder outlines nineteen key trips designed to produce a list of over 650 species in North America. Jerry Cooper makes this possible both economically and efficiently. Cooper summarizes the Key, Possible, Probable, and Remotely Possible birds to be seen on each of the nineteen trips, with details on transportation, accommodations, special equipment, and the birdfinding guides you will need. The specialties and key species for each of these trips are outlined in detail. This is a planning guide, illustrating a strategy for successful North American birdfinding.
If you have unlimited time, you can follow the whole itinerary, trip after trip, in chronological order. Most birders, however, will pick and choose among the nineteen trips to suit the times they are free to travel. In either case, your birding experiences and lifelist will benefit greatly.
Each of the nineteen trips in Birdfinder has at least one map to highlight the birding route. Another important feature of this guide is a special chart summarizing all the species to be seen on these major trips.
As a bonus, an additional "Baker's Dozen" locations are included in a special chapter.
Birdfinder: A Birder's Guide to Planning North American Trips will serve the dedicated birder as an essential companion to regular birdfinding guides.
ABA Lane Birdfinding Guides Series.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 Northern and Central California in Winter 16
Chapter 2 Oklahoma in Winter 30
Chapter 3 Northeastern Minnesota in Winter 38
Chapter 4 Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas 46
Chapter 5 South Florida in Winter 60
Chapter 6 Early Spring in Colorado . 74
Chapter 7 Texas in Springtime 84
Chapter 8 Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas 108
Chapter 9 Coastal North Carolina 118
Chapter 10 Late Spring in Southeastern Arizona 128
Chapter 11 Alaska 148
Chapter 12 June in Minnesota and North Dakota 168
Chapter 13 Summer in Colorado 184
Chapter 14 West Texas 196
Chapter 15 Western Washington & SW British Columbia 204
Chapter 16 Late Summer in Southeastern Arizona . 214
Chapter 17 Central and Southern California . 222
Chapter 18 Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick 238
Chapter 19 Niagara River Area 248
Chapter 20 The Baker's Dozen 256
Trip A The Klamath Basin . 258
Trip B The Platte River 261
Trip C Point Pelee, Ontario 264
Trip D North-Central Michigan 267
Trip E St. Louis, Missouri 270
Trip F Churchill, Manitoba 273
Trip G Northwestern Wyoming 277
Trip H Grand Manan and Machias Seal Island 281
Trip I North-Central Utah 285
Trip J The Delaware Bayshore . 290
Trip K Cape May, New Jersey 295
Trip L Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania 298
Trip M Coastal Massachusetts 301
Birdfinder Chart 306