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Nature Birdwatching Guides

Sea and Coastal Birds of North America

A Guide to Observing, Understanding, and Conservation

by (author) Scott Leslie

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Jun 2008
Birdwatching Guides
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2008
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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.

About the author

SCOTT LESLIE is an award-winning photographer and author of five books including Bay of Fundy: A Natural Portrait, Woodland Birds of North America and Wetland Birds of North America. His writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, Harrowsmith, Scuba Diving, EarthKeeper and Canadian Wildlife. He has won an Atlantic Journalism Award twice, was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2005 and is a category winner of the Nature's Best International Wildlife Photography Competition.

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