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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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Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge & Skills

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(p.67) Three Knowledge & Skills
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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/9780199734597.003.0004

This chapter focuses on Ludlow Griscom's contribution to the development of field identification and competitive birdwatching in America through his book, Birds of the New York City Region. Published in 1923 by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Birds of the New York City Region was an annotated list of bird species known in the area based on data from birdwatchers as well as collectors. It also made existing information about local birds readily accessible to inform readers where to find them. More importantly, the book took a new middle ground of bird study, created as natural history that combines the scientific field of ornithology with the outdoor recreation of birdwatching.

Keywords:   field identification, Ludlow Griscom, birdwatching, birds, birdwatchers, bird study, natural history, ornithology, outdoor recreation

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