A new and unique field guide, published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, has been launched that is designed specifically for aerial observers faced with the formidable task of identifying waterbirds at a momentary glance from a ‘top-down’ perspective. Correct identification of species from a low-flying and fast-moving aircraft is challenging, requiring skill and practice. This guide, illustrated with more than 500 colour photographs, is designed to provide comprehensive guidance for aerial surveyors. It covers all species of North American waterfowl, as well as other waterbirds and seabirds that may be encountered in waterfowl habitat. Additional video-based training materials will also be available online later this year.
Key diagnostic features for each species are described, with an emphasis on traits most useful from an aerial perspective. The book also provides illustrated tips on how to count birds in flocks and includes reference photos for visual estimation of numbers. This one-of-a-kind book is an essential companion field guide for any biologist or naturalist that observes birds from the air.
The book costs US$10.00 plus shipping. If you would like to order a copy please complete this order form and send it by email to the address on the form.
Thanks to Tim Bowman at the Sea Duck Joint Venture for this news item.