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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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Birds over America

Birds over America

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(p.117) Five Birds over America
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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/9780199734597.003.0006

This chapter focuses on Roger Tory Peterson's influence on the development of field identification and birdwatching in America through his book, A Field Guide to the Birds. First published in 1934, A Field Guide to the Birds had its third edition in 1947, which transformed birdwatching into an outdoor recreation for the masses, made Peterson a household name, and turned the field guide into a standard form of informal nature education. With their emphasis on names and using science in an unstructured fashion, field guides became a means for people to learn about nature at their own pace and encouraged open-ended study of birds.

Keywords:   birds, Roger Tory Peterson, field identification, birdwatching, America, A Field Guide to the Birds, outdoor recreation, science, field guides, nature

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