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In the Field, Among the Feathered: A History of Birders and Their Guides

Thomas R. Dunlap

Abstract

America is a nation of ardent, knowledgeable birdwatchers. But how did it become so? And what role did the field guide play in our passion for spotting, watching, and describing birds? This book tells the history of field guides to birds in America from the Victorian era to the present, relating changes in the guides to shifts in science, the craft of field identification, and new technologies for the mass reproduction of images. Drawing on experience and a wealth of archival research, this book shows how the twin pursuits of recreation and conservation have inspired birders and how field guid ... More

Keywords: birdwatchers, field guides, field identification, birders, recreation, conservation, Roger Tory Peterson, America, birding, habitat preservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199734597
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734597.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas R. Dunlap, author
Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, Professor of History