This is an attractive handbook for novice birders, new hunters, and others wanting to name waterfowl. Summing Up: Recommended. --Choice
The eastern Continental Divide from Florida to Ontario contains the world's largest network of freshwater lakes, rivers, wetlands and coastal waters. It is home to an astonishingly large variety of ducks, geese and other waterfowl although many of them may be sighted both to the west or to the south at times in the year.
Illustrated with over 400 photographs of waterfowl in their natural environment, this essential field guide illustrates the rich diversity among these birds. It is designed specifically to help birders identify ducks, geese and shorebirds and become familiar with the features and colors to look for upon sighting a bird. Species information is concisely organized and includes the differences between male and female, seasonal and immature plumage, morphs and distinctive markings.
Waterfowl of Eastern North America covers ducks, geese, loons, pelicans, swans, grebes, coots, cormorants, and moorhens. The sections are:
Finally, Chris Earley shares how readers can help waterfowl wherever they live, from a simple nesting box to bird counts. Birders and naturalists who want to support conservation groups that protect waterfowl and their quickly disappearing habitats will want to add this book to their library.
Chris G. Earley is the Interpretive Biologist of the Arboretum, University of Guelph, where he teaches bird identification workshops. He is the author of Hawks and Owls; Sparrows and Finches; and Warblers, all specific to the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America region. His most recent book is Feed the Birds: Attract and Identify 196 Common North American Birds.