New Arrival: Birds of Maine
The publication of Peter Vickery’s Birds of Maine, a remarkable collaborative achievement, sets a new benchmark for comprehensive state handbooks. It contains detailed accounts of all 464 avian species known to occur in the Pine Tree State and will serve as a valuable source of information for ornithologists and birdwatchers for generations to come. Completed posthumously by Managing Editors Barbara S. Vickery and Scott Weidensaul and Coauthors Charles D. Duncan, William J. Sheehan and Jeffrey V. Wells, it is graced with watercolors by renowned artist Lars Jonsson and drawings by Barry Van Dusen. A selection of color maps including sectional state maps, range maps where needed, and distribution and migration maps provide much visual information.
Early chapters address the distribution of birds in Maine, Maine’s ornithological history, and the current status and conservation needs of Maine’s birds. Photographs and tables accompany these chapters. The species accounts provide the reader with the usual details on status and distribution including global distribution. An added novel feature preceding each species account is a sentence highlighting a key characteristic of the bird, e.g., ‘This jaunty-tailed colonist from points south is now resident in southern and central Maine.’ See if you can guess the species in question and receive a free Birds of North America species account when you order of Birds of Maine!
When Buteo Books published Birds of Montana (2016) sponsored by Montana Audubon, we thought a comparable, outstanding state handbook was not on the horizon. We are impressed and delighted with Birds of Maine and believe it can stand proudly alongside the best state and provincial handbooks ever published.
About the book:
The first comprehensive overview of Maine's incredibly rich birdlife in more than seven decades, Birds of Maine is a detailed account of all 464 species recorded in the Pine Tree State. It is also a thoroughly researched, accessible portrait of a region undergoing rapid changes, with southern birds pushing north, northern birds expanding south, and once-absent natives like Atlantic Puffins brought back by innovative conservation techniques pioneered in Maine.
Written by the late Peter Vickery in cooperation with a team of leading ornithologists, this guide offers a detailed look at the state's dynamic avifauna - from the Wild Turkey to the Arctic Tern - with information on migration patterns and timing, current status and changes in bird abundance and distribution, and how Maine's geography and shifting climate mold its birdlife. It delves into the conservation status for Maine's birds, as well as the state's unusually textured ornithological history, involving such famous names as John James Audubon and Theodore Roosevelt, and home-grown experts like Cordelia Stanwood and Ralph Palmer. Sidebars explore diverse topics, including the Old Sow whirlpool that draws multitudes of seabirds and the famed Monhegan Island, a mecca for migrant birds.
Gorgeously illustrated with watercolors by Lars Jonsson and scores of line drawings by Barry Van Dusen, Birds of Maine is a remarkable guide that birders will rely on for decades to come. Memoirs of the Nuttall Ornithological Club number 25.