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In the Field, Among the FeatheredA History of Birders and Their Guides$
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Thomas R. Dunlap

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734597.001.0001

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Shooting Birds with Opera Glasses

Shooting Birds with Opera Glasses

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In the Field, Among the Feathered
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Thomas R. Dunlap

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734597.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the early field guides and their picture of nature, with particular reference to Florence Merriam's Handbook of Birds of the Western United States, Birds through an Opera-Glass, and Birds of Village and Field, as well as Frank Chapman's Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America, Neltje Blanchan's Bird Neighbors, Mabel Osgood Wright's Birdcraft, John B. Grant's Our Common Birds and How to Know Them, and Edward Knobel's Field Key to the Land Birds. More specifically, it examines how these books taught people the leisure of birdwatching while encouraging conservation. Field guides also helped people identify familiar birds and some new ones and at the same time made birdwatching a competitive and self-competitive game.

Keywords:   field guides, nature, Florence Merriam, Birds through an Opera-Glass, Frank Chapman, Mabel Osgood Wright, birdwatching, leisure, conservation, birds

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