Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide

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Over 35,000 copies sold! As a naturalist managing the field studies program at the California Academy of Sciences, John Muir Laws noticed that novice birders often distinguish birds by color and size rather than species. This inspired him to create Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, a unique book that assumes no prior birding knowledge on the part of the reader. Color-coded keys eliminate the time-consuming frustration of thumbing randomly through a guide, and a cross-index is also included for more advanced birders. All this in a format that is simply organized, lightweight, and small enough to tuck inside a pocket. A first-rate naturalist, Laws is also an accomplished artist. His illustrations are lively, colorful, and accurate, and drawn to represent species in the manner in which one generally sees them in the field.

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Here is a basic field guide that will be celebrated by beginning and experienced birders alike. Comprehensive, geographically specific, simply organized, and lightweight, Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide makes it easy for outdoor enthusiasts and amateur naturalists to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Part of a much larger project from Heyday Books and the California Academy of Sciences, Sierra Birds is the first installment of a breathtaking comprehensive field guide to the ecology and biodiversity of the Sierra region, due out in Spring 2007.

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John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. He has taught classes on ecology, biology, and illustration. He received a B.S. in conservation and resource studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, Missoula, and he studied science illustration at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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