According to the National Audubon
Society, more than 54 million Americans name birdwatching as a favored
activity, making it one of the country's most popular hobbies. In
locating sites productive for the viewing of a diversity of bird species
and numbers, birdwatchers rely on location guides such as this one,
written by local experts who know firsthand the terrain, seasonal
profile, and makeup of bird species in their areas.
Alabama plays host to a great number and
variety of birds. The combination of its diverse natural habitats-from
the Gulf coastline to Appalachian piedmont to the Tennessee River
Valley-and its location in the eastern migratory flyway make it a
wonderful place to observe birds in all seasons. Nearly 400 species have
been positively identified in state records-almost half the total
species recognized by the American Birding Association for the entire
With the publication of A Birder's
Guide to Alabama, that amazing diversity has been made more
accessible for the casual birder as well as the avid "life-lister."
A first of its kind for Alabama, this guide covers the best birding
spots throughout the state, dividing them into four distinct geographic
sections. Each section is covered by expert birders from that region and
includes a general description of the area, access, the "hot
spots" for viewing, the species expected to be seen and when, and
details on the closest accommodations. The guide includes over 50 maps,
as well as line drawings and photographs of different bird species.
Spiral-bound for convenience in the field, it also offers helpful bar
charts describing the frequency and distribution for all the bird
species recognized for Alabama.
This book will appeal to both novices and
experienced birders, hikers, outdoors people, eco-tourists, and anyone
interested in Alabama's rich biodiversity. Whether one hopes to witness
the breathtaking "fall-out" of exhausted spring migrants on
Dauphin Island following a coastal storm front or to gaze in awe from
behind a blind at the massing of winter waterfowl at Joe Wheeler
National Wildlife Refuge, the user of A Birder's Guide to Alabama
will find it a constantly referred-to source of information and a handy,
practical field companion.
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