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Our Recommendations for March, 2002
Cornell Lab Guide to Birds of North America v3
This CD features all 930 species seen in the US and Canada. Included are 2,683 photos, 711 songs, almost 100 videos, and over 500 quizzes. The Birder's Handbook by Paul Ehrlich is included in electronic format. See five most similar species. Hear each common and scientific name pronounced. This is the top-rated birding CD available today.
Sibley's Guide to Bird Life and Behavior
The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior provides complete information about the biology, life cycles, and behavior (courtship, nest-building, migration, feeding, and other activities) of the 80 bird families of North America. For the new volume, Sibley has provided more than 796 full-color paintings to illustrate the essays and family chapters written by 44 ornithologists and expert birders.
Birds of Peru
This is the most thorough guide ever published on the world's most important birding country. Peru harbors over 1,700 species and 114 endemics. This book includes an annotated checklist of every bird known to occur in Peru, a gazetteer of all localities mentioned, and details on important bird-finding areas and accommodations.
Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
32.18 N 111.03 W
A museum and botanical garden in one -- a great spot for birders and non-birders alike. The botanical gardens, west of Tucson, attract desert species. Look for Verdin, Gilded Flickers and Gila Woodpeckers.
Cave Creek Canyon / Chiricahua Mountains
31.52 N 109.09 W
This is one of THE most exciting birding spots in North America according to many. South Fork Trail may yield Elegant Trogon or Flame-colored Tanager. There is great "owling" and lots of rare hummingbirds here as well.
Madera Canyon / Santa Rita Mountains
31.42 N 110.52 W
Magnificent Hummingbirds and magnificent birding. On everyone's top 10 list. Buff-collared Nightjar, Cassin's and Botteri's Sparrows at Florida Wash. Arizona Woodpecker higher up the mountain. Elf Owls nest at the lodge.
Patagonia / Sonoita Creek
31.35 N 110.45 W
Patagonia is famous for its roadside rest area. Watch for Gray Hawk, Thick-Billed Kingbird, and Rose-throated Becard. Sonoita Creek Sanctuary (open Wed-Sun) is one of the best birding spots in Arizona! Look here for Violet-crowned Hummingbirds.
Ramsey Canyon / Huachuca Mountains
31.29 N 110.20 W
World famous for the variety and quantity of Hummingbirds. Go in July or August. Sit and marvel. Black-chinned, Magnificent, Blue-throated, Broad-billed and maybe even Violet-crowned Hummingbird. One of the top 10 spots in North America.
31.50 N 109.17 W
The road between Onion Saddle and Rustler Park is great for higher-elevation species like Mexican Chickadee, Olive, Grace's and Red-faced Warbler. Hike the Barfoot Peak Trail at Rustler Park.
San Pedro River
31.32 N 110.11 W
Seven miles east of Ramsey Canyon, this riparian habitat is great for Green Kingfisher, Vermilion Flycatcher and, with luck, Tropical Kingbird. Walk north across the river for Gray Hawks.
Sedona / Oak Creek Canyon
35.02 N 111.45 W
One of the loveliest spots in North America. The red cliffs of Sedona make a perfect backdrop to the birds flying overhead. Yes, there are birds in other parts of Arizona besides the southeast corner! Stop here on your way to the Grand Canyon.
Sycamore Canyon / California Gulch
31.23 N 111.17 W
HOT, HOT, HOT. The hike to Hell looking for Five-striped Sparrow will seem more fun looking back than it does at the time. Take WATER and a 4-wheel drive.
Featured Hot Spot:
"Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
26.46 N 82.06 W
Drive the loop to see Herons, Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and alligators! BIG BIRDS that are RIGHT THERE! One of the top birding spots in North America. Take the kids and grandma. Eat lunch at the Mucky Duck. The causeway to Sanibel and roads on the island are busy in winter. Get there early. (Check the woods around the lighthouse for passerines before you leave Sanibel.)
National Audubon Society
The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Founded in 1905, the National Audubon Society is named for John James Audubon (1785-1851), famed ornithologist, explorer, and wildlife artist.
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