Volumes 1-5, 1962-1988 (all published) in dust jackets.The set Includes Volume 1: Loons through Flamingos; Volumes 2 and 3: Waterfowl; and Volumes 4 and 5: Diurnal Raptors. Sponsored by the American Ornithologists' Union, the New York State Museum and Science Service, and the Smithsonian Institution (Volumes 4 and 5). Environmentalists, conservationists and biologists, anyone with even a casual interest in ornithology, will find much information presented in nontechnical language and organized in a manner that renders it easily accessible. For serious students of North American birds, these volumes are an invaluable reference. Ralph S. Palmer (1914-2003), a native of Maine, wrote extensively on birds and mammals building a substantial personal library. He undertook the enormous task of compiling and editing a handbook covering all North American birds. Numerous delays and the withdrawal of financial support by the AOU led to the demise of the project.