The image of a “seagull? comes immediately to mind when ocean birds are mentioned. Indeed, gulls are an important element of the coastal ecosystem. The diversity of bird life along the coasts of North America extends far beyond gulls, though.
Including all of its islands, bays, inlets, and coves, the coastline of North America is hundreds of thousands of miles long. There is hardly a spot along the continent's coasts that doesn?t host its own unique assemblage of avian inhabitants.
In this comprehensive, fully illustrated guide, photographer and naturalist Scott Leslie profiles some of the most common species that birders may observe. The book provides a cross-section of nearly 100 key species that make coastal areas and oceans their home. The book features an in-depth profile for each species that includes sections on habitat, appearance, behaviour, food, migration, sounds, family life, related species, the latest scientific information on conservation, and a range map. A unique feature among bird guides, species that are threatened are accompanied by an additional map that details conservation status for every state, province, and territory on the continent.
Guides to selected important habitats in the United States and Canada and to bird conservation organizations round out the book. The book features full-colour photographs in a format that fits conveniently into a large pocket or a day pack.