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This page lists books about birds and birdwatching in the US state of Ohio.

The books are arranged by publication date with the most recent at the top of the page.


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The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio

Editors: Paul G. Rodewald, Matthew B. Shumar, Aaron T. Boone, David L. Slager, Jim McCormac

Pennsylvania State University Press

2016

"Twenty-five years after the publication of the state s first breeding bird atlas, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio brings our knowledge of the state s bird populations up to date and provides important new information. The Atlas documents the current distribution and changes in status for more than two hundred bird species in Ohio, including five new breeding species and five species not known to have bred in over fifty years. More than nine hundred dedicated birdwatchers completed surveys of birds across the state from 2006 to 2011. In addition, trained staff collected new data on bird abundance using point-count surveys. These counts tabulated not only species but individual birds as well, enabling precise estimates of the actual statewide populations for many of the breeding species detected. In all, more than one million bird records were compiled by birders and professional researchers for the second Atlas, providing an unprecedented snapshot of the bird life of Ohio. The introductory chapters describe and discuss recent changes in climate and bird habitats within Ohio. The bulk of the volume contains comprehensive and authoritative accounts of each species, illustrated by stunning full-color photographs. Species maps show in fine detail the birds distribution, habitat, and range, and, for nearly one hundred species, their abundance in Ohio. This Atlas will aid and inform researchers and birders for years to come."

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Warblers in Your Pocket: A Guide to the Wood-Warblers of the Upper Midwest

Dana Gardner, Holly Carver

Bur Oak Laminated Field Guides: 28

University of Iowa Press

2016

"This newest addition to Iowa's popular series of laminated guides the twenty-eighth in the series illustrates the thirty-eight species of warblers that occur in the Upper Midwest states of Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. For each species, artist Dana Gardner provides length, range, and habitat; he illustrates male, female, and immature birds where plumage varies; and he includes birds similar to warblers such as kinglets and vireos."

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Midwestern Birds: Backyard Guide

Bill Thompson III

Cool Springs Press

2013

"Written by Bill Thompson III, the editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher's Digest, this portable 5"x8" book contains the same variety of entertaining and informative entries that make Bird Watcher's Digest the nation's most popular birding magazine. Inside, you'll find profiles of the 55 most common birds in the Midwest, complete with large color photos, gender-specific physical descriptions, nesting and feeding information, bird call particulars, and interesting stories about each species. Thompson also introduces the reader to the basics of bird watching: essential gear, bird-friendly food and plantings, housing tips, and observational techniques. This guide covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska."

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Waterfowl in Your Pocket: A Guide to Water Birds of the Midwest

Dana Gardner

University of Iowa Press

2008

"A welcome aid to identifying the many colorful and intriguing water birds of the midwestern states, from the Great Lakes west to the Dakotas, east to Ohio, and south to Kansas and Missouri. Illustrator Dana Gardner has created fourteen panels showing fifty-one species of ducks, geese, swans, grebes, pelicans, coots, cormorants, moorhens, and loons swimming and flying with complete plumage variations - dark phases, light phases, and juvenile and adult male and female forms in summer and winter. The text also includes length, common and scientific names, and frequency and distribution. Whether flying high overhead in the fall or swimming in a nearby lake in the summer, waterfowl are notoriously difficult to identify, and Gardner has worked hard to make this guide useful for beginning birders as well as those more experienced in the field."

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Ohio Bird Watching: A Year-Round Guide

Bill Thompson III and The Staff of Bird Watcher's Digest

Cool Springs Press

2005

"In addition to unique descriptions, each bird profile includes a range map to identify the each bird's North American distribution. One hundred birds are profiled, each with a color photograph, to ensure accurate identification. A seasonal section informs the reader of: migrating birds that can be seen during that season; the foods and plants that can attract those birds; and where to go to view year-round and migrating birds."

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Birds of Ohio: Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications

2004

"Learn about and identify birds using Stan Tekiela's state-by-state field guides. The full-page, color photos are incomparable and include insets of winter plumage, color morphs and more. Plus, with the easy-to-use format, you don't need to know a bird's name or classification in order to easily find it in the book. Using this field guide is a real pleasure. It's a great way for anyone to learn about the birds in your state."

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Birds of Ohio

James McCormac and Gregory Kennedy

Lone Pine Publishing

2004

"Beginning birders and experienced naturalists alike will enjoy this information-packed field guide. "Birds of Ohio" features 291 of the state's most abundant or notable bird species. Each account includes an accurate, full-color illustration, as well as detailed information on habitat, nesting, feeding, voice, similar species, best viewing locations, as well as a range map. A Quick Reference Guide, organized into color-coded groupings, helps the birder in the field find a species quickly and easily. The book also includes a map of the best birding sites in the states and describes a number of Ohio's most notable viewing locations."

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Birds of Ohio: With Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas Maps

Bruce G. Peterjohn

Revised and updated edition

Wooster Book Company

2001

169 Breeding Maps. No photographs of birds are contained in this reference work

"This completely revised and updated bible of Buckeye birders is also a handy reference for Ohio backyard birdwatchers. The Birds of Ohio documents the species that nest in, migrate through, and sometimes mysteriously appear in the state-more than 400 species in all. Included are details on distribution and abundance, migration and nesting dates, and, for the first time, maps from the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas. Of special interest is new information on winter gulls, hawk migration, and northern birds in hemlock forests-the Magnolia Warbler, for example-along with 12 years of new records, such as the resurgence of Wild Turkey populations and the state's first Boreal Owl."

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Birds of the Lake Erie Region

Carolyn V. Platt

Photographs: Gary Meszaros

Kent State University Press

2001

"This latest collaboration of Carolyn V. Platt and Gary Meszaros is a beautifully photographed book that explores Lake Erie and its effects on the birds that make this region their home. Birds of the Lake Erie Region observes a year of weather changes and avian migrations - from the wintertime convergence of ducks and other waterbirds on the lake's last ice-free areas to the excitement of the raptor and shorebird migrations in the fall. Expert or novice, birders and nature lovers will be moved by Platt's celebration of these birds and their habitat and by Meszaros's impressive photographs of the delicate beauty of these exquisite creatures."

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The Smithsonian Guides to Natural America: The Great Lakes: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin

Michele Strutin

Random House

1997

"Describes the natural wonders of the Great Lakes region, from national parks to wilderness preserves and private sanctuaries."

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Birding in Ohio

Tom Thomson

Indiana University Press

2nd edition

1995

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A Birder's Guide to the Cincinnati Tristate

Robert Folzenlogen

Willow Press

2nd edition

1995

"This guide to the birds and birding areas of the Cincinnati Tristate updates, expands, revises and reorganizes the original edition. Emphasis is placed on the natural habitats of the Tristate and on the seasonal fluctuation of regional bird populations. The guide is designed primarily for beginning birdwatchers and for those visiting the Cincinnati area."

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The Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas

Bruce G. Peterjohn and Daniel L. Rice

Ohio Dept of Natural Resources

1991

"Through the direction of Bruce G. Peterjohn and Daniel L. Rice, approximately 500 volunteers collected field data for Ohio's first Breeding Bird Atlas between 1982 and 1987. This monumental task culminated in the publication of The Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas and reported a total of 193 breeding species during the atlas period (182 species were confirmed as breeding). The Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas treated each species separately with its own species account."

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Birding in Ohio

Tom Thomson

Indiana University Press

1983

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The Screech Owl: Its Life History and Population Ecology in Northern Ohio

Laurel F. VanCamp and Charles J. Henny

North American Fauna, Number 71

Fish And Wildlife Service

US Department Of The Interior

1975

From the introduction:

The screech owl (Otus asio) is native to North America and breeds throughout the United States and in portions of Canada and Mexico. It is a small owl, 20 cm (8 in) in length from the tip of the bill to the tip of the tail, with a wing span of 56 cm (22 in); it has yellow eyes and prominent ear tufts (see Frontispiece). Although the species is common throughout much of North America, it has not been studied intensively, particularly over a long period. The published literature is concerned mostly with food habits, color phase, taxonomy, and miscellaneous observations. Breeding biology and population dynamics have received little attention. This report presents the basic life history and population information about screech owls in northern Ohio over a 30-yr period. The owls studied were nesting in boxes (Fig. 1) established for wood ducks (Aix sponsa) along rivers, creeks, and marshes in a four-county area (Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood, and Lucas Counties) near Lake Erie (Fig. 2). No special trapping techniques were required as the screech owls readily used these nesting boxes and could be easily captured while in them. More than 3,000 owls were captured and banded; 500 were recaptured after the initial banding, some 10 or 15 times. This process provided a large quantity of basic information for this report.
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The Birds Of Buckeye Lake, Ohio

Milton B. Trautman

Museum Of Zoology, Miscellaneous Publications No. 44

University of Michigan

1940

From the preface: "With the white man's invasion of the area now known as the state of Ohio, there began the recording of its avifauna. During the early years of the invasion, in the eighteenth century, the recording of birds was largely incidental to the general description of the country and its resources. Later, in 1808, there began, with Alexander Wilson's first volume on American ornithology, the first of a long series of scientific publications which definitely recorded certain species of birds within the boundaries of the state. In 1838 J. P. Kirtland published the first list of the birds that were then known to occur in Ohio. Since then the list of the birds of the state has been revised several times. With the beginning of the twentieth century the tendency among workers on Ohio birds has been to specialize more and more upon small areas within the state and to investigate these areas in a more or less thorough manner. In the present publication an attempt has been made to give as complete a conception of the status of each bird species in the Buckeye Labe area throughout historic time as is possible with the data at hand."

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