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Where the Birds Are: A Travel Guide to Over 1,000 Parks, Preserves, and Sanctuaries [Hardcover]

Robert J. Dolezal , Reader's Digest


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Children's Publishing (May 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762108606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762108602
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 25.7 x 25.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,244,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Profiling a series of birdwatching excursions within reach of 35 major cities and population centers, Dolezal presents a practical rundown of road trips for bird-loving city-dwellers and those who may be visiting. Following a cleverly-designed table of contents that presents each jumping-off point (San Francisco, the Winnepeg Area, Boston to Cape Cod, etc.) on a regional map, Dolezal focuses in on urban centers across the U.S. and southern Canada with a similarly user-friendly approach. Scenic photographs and well-prepared maps accompany each stop-though anyone unfamiliar with a given area will want a supplementary road atlas-and descriptions of each excursion are both informative and mercifully brief. Certain cities in particular (e.g., Seattle) can be extremely confusing for travelers, but Dolezal includes the websites and street addresses of visitors' bureaus, park offices and information sources. The traveling birder will find this book very helpful when seeking sites in unfamiliar areas, though the volume's large size may make it too unwieldy to bring with.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote this? Feb. 19 2012
By David Karam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has its purpose, but does not appear to be written by someone who is actually a birder. Beyond the frustrating technical errors that drive a nerd like me crazy, such as the "fowl in focus" boxes that call all birds fowl (I know the definition, but I have never met a birder who calls a swallow fowl), the book contains surprisingly few details about the actual locations such as times when specific species are best viewed or places where these species are most likely to be found. If you are going to a new region, have no local contacts, and are not proficient at using Google and Mapquest to find the birding hotspots then the vague descriptions of potential locations and very specific endless directions may be for you. Though the photos are good, they are often of birding locations rather than the birds you would see there. I'll keep it on my shelf in case I go somewhere new, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone except for those not proficient with other tools to search for birding locations.
1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOU MONEY AND TIME. March 29 2014
By Herbert Rosenblum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book never met my needs, it is a poor version of the original "Where the birds are" which trule listed everything you wanted to know about a hot spot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery and good quality Dec 22 2013
By Zhigang Zhang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This item was delivered quickly and the 2nd hand book was almost new though the paper itself shows its age after printing. Very good service.
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Jan. 11 2013
By Peter A. Canavan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Confusing, out-of-date, and basically worthless. Do NOT buy this book. There are much better and better written books than this one.
7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They should do some fact checking July 9 2007
By Thomas Seiler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was excited when I found this book but my excitement has been curbed once I tried to use it. I went looking for the Edson Fichter Nature Trail this morning and the directions were not very accurate. You are suppose to go southeast on Arthur until it turns into the Bancock Highway. What they didn't mention was that Arthur turns into Main Street before it turns into Bancock. But the real bummer was it tells you to turn off of Cherokee unto Arapahoe Street and the trail starts with a gate with metal geese on it. Well actually you don't turn on Arapahoe Street, you turn on an alley before Arapahoe. If you turn on Arapahoe there is a gate with wooden geese on it that leads into someones back yard. After wandering around the back yard I realized I was in the wrong place (lucky I didn't get shot at) and I finally found the right gate. However there were no metal geese on this gate, they are Sandhill Cranes. If they can't tell the difference between geese and Sandhill Cranes they have no credentials for writing a book like this. The trail was not actually a trail but really a maze. Not well marked. This should have been mentioned. Obviously they didn't do a lot of research in the field for the book. Buyer beware. Use Google maps before going on a wild goose chase (pun intended). I gave it two stars because the photography is excellent.

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