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The Birds of Heaven
Peter Matthiessen has woven together journeys in search of the fifteen species of cranes in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and Australia. As he tracks them (and their declining numbers), he captures the dilemmas of a planet in ecological crisis, and the deeper loss to humankind if these beautiful and imposing creatures are allowed to disappear. The book includes color plates by renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman.
Zeiss Victory 8x40 Binocular
Legendary Zeiss durability, they are completely waterproofed for submersion and dry-nitrogen purged to prevent interior fogging. Includes leather protective case, neckstrap and rainguard. The 10x40 Victory: Field of View 330'; Weight 25.8 ounces; Close Focus 8.5 feet.
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. Released December 7, 2001.
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
26.09 N 98.22 W
The lucky see a Blue Bunting, Clay-colored Robin or Hook-billed Kite. Watch for Pauraque sitting on the picnic tables at dusk. One of the top 10 sites in North America.
25.54 N 97.31 W
To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump = Tamaulipas Crows (formerly called Mexican Crow)! This species is found in the US only at the Brownsville, Texas dump. Look for parrots roosting in the trees in the suburbs.
Falcon Dam / San Ygnacio
26.35 N 99.08 W
The northern end of your Rio Grande Valley trip could add Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Muscovy Duck or White-collared Seedeater to your life list. San Ygnacio is about 44 miles upstream from Falcon Dam.
27.33 N 97.54 W
The largest ranch in Texas has been a haven for birds for over a century. Small groups are permitted to visit here and discover birds like Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Tropical Parula, Audubon's Oriole and White-tailed Hawk.
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
26.11 N 97.20 W
Mottled Duck, Olive Sparrow and lots of waterbirds and shorebirds. Aplomado Falcons are being reintroduced here -- don't count them yet.
Padre Island National Seashore
27.31 N 97.35 W
70 miles of unspoiled beach is home to gulls, terns, shorebirds and a few Peregrine Falcons.
Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary
25.51 N 97.29 W
Look for Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Least Grebe and Green Jays at Sabal Palm.
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
26.04 N 98.05 W
One of the VERY BEST spots in the US. Green Kingfisher, Green Jay, Red-billed Pigeon plus lots of other colors, too! Visit in late January or early February.
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Sault St. Marie
46.48 N 84.30 W
A winter visit should add some new birds to your life list! Great Gray Owls, Snowy Owls, Sharp-tailed Grouse and Snow Buntings can be found by driving through the open country south of town. A Gyrfalcon is regularly seen on the electric power plant roof near the canal locks. Watch for Bohemian Waxwings in residential areas.
American Birding Association
The American Birding Association is North America's largest membership organization for active birders � providing leadership to field birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding, and by contributing to bird conservation.
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