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Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America

Author: Roger Tory Peterson; Virginia Marie Peterson
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002.
Series: Peterson field guide series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Peterson's field guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement. By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ebooks
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Tory Peterson; Virginia Marie Peterson
ISBN: 0547345852 9780547345857
OCLC Number: 904819986
Target Audience: General adult.
Description: 1 online resource (456 pages).
Series Title: Peterson field guide series.
Responsibility: Roger Tory Peterson ; edited by Virginia Marie Peterson.

Abstract:

Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Peterson's field guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement. By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative skills of an artist and writer, Peterson created a field guide that Robert Bateman, in his foreword to the fifth edition, says was the doorway for millions of people into the wonderland of natural history. The Peterson Identification System has been used in the more than fifty books that make up the Peterson Field Guide series. Peterson's magnum opus, now in its fifth edition, created the trail for countless field guides to follow. They are still following year by year, but his is the standard by which all other field guides are judged. On the morning of July 28, 1996, Roger Peterson was painting his final bird plate. He died peacefully in his sleep later that day. It is fitting that his final work -- a culmination of more than sixty years of observing, painting, and writing -- should be this one, a revision of the guide that started his legacy.

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