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All the Birds of North America : American Bird Conservancy's Field Guide

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A book by Jack L. Griggs

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Author: Jack L. Griggs
Publisher: HarperResource
1 review about All the Birds of North America : American...

Breaks ground in organization and display of information

  • Sep 3, 2000
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+5
The standard guide for birds by Roger Tory Peterson is being challenged by this comprehensive collection from the American Bird Conservancy.

The differences are evident as soon as you turn to the first page. There is a chart "How to Identify Birds," turned sideways, with a list of bird outlines divided into type (where they're seens, the shape of their bills), each accompanied by a number of possible bird types. Each line yields a page number. Continue holding the book sideways, you flip to the proper page number (which are printed sideways as well, indicating the thought put into organizing the information), where -- turn the book proper, please! -- you find a selection of bird illustrations to match with your sighting.

Subtle signals dot the pages to guide you on your quest. Musical notes indicate if the bird sings, and gives a general idea of how; names are color-coded according to how scarce they are.

But it is in organization and presentation of information that this book shines, and you realize with a start that all birding books should look like this. It really is an imaginative breaththrough.

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