Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Collection spotlight: Birds of North America

Title: Birds of North America
Call Number: Sci Ref QL681 .B625

This set is the print equivalent of a movie “cult classic”: not necessarily well-known, but a satisfying discovery you will return to again and again.

Beginning in 1992, the set was published bi-monthly by the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. It covers 716 of species of birds that live in North America. Each bird gets its own pamphlet which describes its habitat, range, diet, vocalizations, breeding, conservation and management, and even future research priorities. Photos, illustrations, maps, and diagrams allow you to see the birds and their habitats in full-color detail.

Housed in the Science-Health Science Library’s Reference Collection, they can nevertheless be checked out for 3-days at a time and can certainly be enjoyed in-house.