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Books about birdwatching in Alberta.

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Quick Reference To Alberta Birds

Lone Pine Publishing

2013

"This easy to use, 12-panel nature guide features the most common and interesting species in Canadas natural regions. The species are grouped and colour coded for quick identification in the field. Attractive and useful, Alberta Birds features beautiful and accurate full-colour illustrations, sizes, common and scientific names and maps. The guide is laminated for endurance in rough terrain and weather."

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Birds of Western Canada

Editor: David M. Bird

Dorling Kindersley

2013

"Ideal for Canadian birdwatchers and bird lovers of every age! Each of these regional field guides are filled with page after page of magnificent close-up photographs and helpful full-page profiles of hundreds of commonly seen species. With an East / West division made at the 100th meridian (approximately Winnipeg) these handy books offer scientifically accurate and readable accounts of notable characteristics and information everything from behavior and habitat to nest construction and conservation status. Each profile also features diagrams of flight patterns and statistics of size, wingspan and lifespan. These invaluable reference guides are both detailed and accessible, with a user-friendly format that will make it easy for birders to enjoy either studying one species account at a time or browsing to make cross comparisons."

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Population Study Of Western Grebes In Alberta 2001-2009 : Implications For Management And Status Designation

Hugh Wollis, Curtis Stratmoen

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 138

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

2010

From the executive summary: "This project was initiated in 2001 to monitor population trends and distribution of western grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) in Alberta. The project began in the Stony Plain study area, and then expanded to other areas of the province where the species occurs. Surveys of known colonies and a search for other breeding sites have continued each year through 2009. Biologists searched for western grebe colonies from the northern extreme of the breeding range in northeast and northwest Alberta, through the parkland and prairies, south to the United States border. Data from previous field seasons (2001 - 2006) have been published in earlier reports in this series."

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A Sound Like Water Dripping: In Search of the Boreal Owl

Soren Bondrup-Nielsen

Gaspereau Press

2009

"With enthusiasm and sincerity biologist Soren Bondrup-Nielsen recalls his experience as a graduate student in the 1970s researching the Boreal Owl in northern Ontario and Alberta. After receiving his B.Sc. in the spring of 1974, Bondrup-Nielsen travels by train to Kapuskasing to begin his study of this tiny, elusive species, cousin to the Tengmalm's Owl of Scandinavia."

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The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta: A Second Look

The Federation of Alberta Naturalists

2007

"This comprehensive atlas presents the current distribution, status and preferred habitat of every nesting bird species in Alberta. You will find striking color photographs, authoritative species accounts, and detailed maps of breeding evidence."

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Western (Aechmophorus occidentalis) Grebes In Alberta: 2006 Field Summary

Cindy Kemper, Hugh Wollis, Christine Found, Dave Prescott and Mark Heckbert

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 121

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

2006

"This project was initiated in 2001 to monitor population trends and distribution of western grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) and eared grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) in Alberta. The project began in the Stony Plain study area with the intent to expand to other areas of the province where this species occurs. Now completing its sixth season, the study has expanded to the northeast, the northwest, and to more areas within the Parkland Natural Region of the province. For the first time, data for all of the above are summarized in one document. This report deals solely with western grebes."

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Compact Guide To Alberta Birds

John Acorn, Chris Fisher and Andy Bezener

Lone Pine Publishing

2005

"This easy-to-use field guide will help even the novice birder identify the species encountered in backyards and along wilderness trails across Alberta. Over 80 different birds are featured, complete with colour illustrations, photographs of eggs, and extensive natural history."

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Status of the Barred Owl (Strix varia) in Alberta

Ben Olsen

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 56

Alberta Conservation Association / Alberta Sustainable Resource Development / Fish and Wildlife Division

2005

From the executive summary: "The barred owl {Strix varia) is currently listed in Alberta as a Sensitive species based on its requirement of large, continuous blocks of mature forest habitat (Alberta Sustainable Resource Development 2001). Habitat for the barred owl is under pressure because of increasing demand on forest resources as well as an expanding industrial footprint in the province. Although the long-term effects of these activities on barred owls in Alberta are unknown, population declines as a result of forest harvesting have been noted in other parts of the speciesí North American range. This report summarizes available information on the barred owl for the purpose of updating its status in Alberta."

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Status of the burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) in Alberta

Danielle Todd

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 11

Alberta Conservation Association / Alberta Sustainable Resource Development / Fish and Wildlife Division

2005

From the executive summary: "The barred owl {Strix varia) is currently listed in Alberta as a Sensitive species based on its requirement of large, continuous blocks of mature forest habitat (Alberta Sustainable Resource Development 2001). Habitat for the barred owl is under pressure because of increasing demand on forest resources as well as an expanding industrial footprint in the province. Although the long-term effects of these activities on barred owls in Alberta are unknown, population declines as a result of forest harvesting have been noted in other parts of the speciesí North American range. This report summarizes available information on the barred owl for the purpose of updating its status in Alberta."

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Birds of Alberta

Chris Fisher and John Acorn

Lone Pine Publishing

1998

"This illustrated field guide helps readers identify, understand and appreciate the birds of Alberta. It contains full-colour illustrations and detailed descriptions of 388 species, with each account including information on: size; status; habitat; nesting; feeding; voice; similar species cross-referenced; best sites for viewing; and range maps showing seasonal occurrences of the bird and migration routes. Colour-coded header bars and a quick reference guide make finding information fast and easy. Also includes a glossary of terms and a birder's checklist."

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Field Guide to Alberta Birds

W. Bruce McGillivray and Glen P Semenchuk

Federation Of Alberta Naturalists

1998

"The complete up to date field reference on over 300 Alberta birds. An easy-to-use identification guide for novice and experienced birders. A character by character reference for separating those tough to tell apart species. Key distinguishing features are highlighted for fast field identification. Over 300 high quality colour images. The latest distribution maps based on bird records from across the province. Incorporates the latest name changes from the American Ornithologists Union."

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A Winter Birding Guide for the Edmonton Region

Harry Stelfox and Chris Fisher

Lone Pine Publishing

1998

"A colourful guide to winter birding in the Edmonton area."

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Status Of The Burrowing Owl (Speotyto Cunicularia Hypugaea) In Alberta

Troy Wellicome

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 11

Alberta Wildlife Management Division

1997

From the executive summary: "The Burrowing Owl is currently listed as an "endangered" species throughout its range in Canada, and is designated as "endangered" under the Alberta Wildlife Act. A review of the status of the Burrowing Owl in Alberta was undertaken as a step in updating the provincial status of this species."

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The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta

Glen P Semenchuk

Federation Of Alberta Naturalists

1992

"After five years of extensive field research by over 1000 volunteers, the Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta has emerged in beautiful, large, hard cover format. Ideal for the experienced "birder" and the casual backyard bird watcher. The heart of the Atlas is comprised of province wide distribution maps that clearly show where each species breeds, throughout the different Alberta natural regions. A historic volume, the Atlas contains unprecedented baseline information of great value to the understanding and preservation of bird diversity in Alberta. The Atlas is a must for anyone concerned with the status of birds in Alberta."

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Birds of Edmonton

Robin Bovey

Illustrations: Ewa Pluciennik

Lone Pine Publishing

1990

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Birds of Calgary

Robin Bovey

Illustrations: Ewa Pluciennik

Lone Pine Publishing

1990

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Birds of Alberta, Saskatchewan And Manitoba

David A. Hancock and James Woodford

Hancock House

1989

"This title presents general facts and descriptions about the birds that inhabit the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, Canada. It includes information about birds, their classification, nest, flight patterns and migration."

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The Birds of Alberta

W. Ray Salt & Jim R. Salt

Hurtig

1976

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The Birds of Alberta

W. Ray Salt & A.L. Wilk

Department of Economic Affairs, Government of Alberta

3rd edition

1972

510 pages covering 317 species recorded in Alberta

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The Birds of Alberta

W. Ray Salt & A.L. Wilk

Department of Economic Affairs, Government of Alberta

1958

Followed by 2nd edition in 1966 and 3rd edition in 1972. Uncertain if cover shown is 1st or 2nd edition.

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Last updated December 2011