Thursday, August 28, 2008

“Birding, after all, is just a game. Going beyond that is what is important.”

Roger Tory Peterson, ornithologist‚ artist‚ author, and one of the the greatest advocates for the natural world was born 100 years ago today.

His work and field guides were probably the most important contribution to bird and nature study in the twentieth century

In celebration of the centennial of his birth, Peterson's original publisher, Houghton Mifflin, is launching this new book, which combines the Peterson Eastern and Peterson Western guides into one volume.
The package includes almost three hours of video podcasts.
Love that!
The guide is larger than most Peterson guides (we need another bird bookcase, Cute Hubby) and combines Peterson's works of art into one guide.
The compilation was a team effort by well-known birding experts and artists.
John aka The DC Birding Blog recently reviewed the new guide and you can find his opinion here.
From the man who brought us the modern field guide and introduced millions to the pleasures of bird watching...

"The truth of the matter is, the birds could very well live without us, but many - perhaps all - of us would find life incomplete, indeed almost intolerable without the birds."

“Even civilized Man needs the aesthetic stimulation which the wilderness alone can provide. Some of us would even die spiritually if we could not withdraw occasionally from crowded contact with our fellow Man.”

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