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

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Birds of New Hampshire & Vermont: Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications

2016

"Make bird watching in New Hampshire and Vermont even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela's famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don't live in your area. This book features 130 species of New Hampshire and Vermont birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don't know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see."

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Birds of New England

Todd Telander

Falcon Pocket Guide

Falcon Press

2014

A field guide to 300 of the most common and sought-after bird species in the region.

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The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont

Editor: Rosalind B. Renfrew

University Press of New England

2013

"One of the first second-generation atlases to be completed in North America, this edition documents changes in breeding bird distributions by comparing current figures to those in the 1985 atlas. This indispensable and visually stunning reference includes full-color photographs, maps, graphs, and descriptions of over 200 species. In addition, the contributors present a full accounting of data collection and methods; a guide to the biogeography of Vermont; and essays on changes in habitats, climate, land use, and their impact on Vermont's bird communities over the past twenty-five years. A treasure trove of information for birders and an invaluable reference for ornithologists, conservationists, and land use planners The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont will influence and guide our understanding and management of avian species in Vermont for decades to come."

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Northeastern Birds: Backyard Guide

Bill Thompson III

Cool Springs Press

2013

"Inside, you'll find profiles of the 55 most common birds in the Northeast, 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 New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine."

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Field Guide to Nature of New England

Kenn Kaufman and Kimberly Kaufman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2012

"Whether you're walking in the woods or along the beach, camping, hiking, canoeing, or just enjoying your own backyard, Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England will help identify all your nature discoveries. With authoritative and broad coverage, using nontechnical and lively language and more than 2000 color photographs, Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England is an essential reference for nature lovers living in or visiting New England."

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The Wildlife of New England: A Viewer's Guide

John S. Burk

University Press of New England

2011

"his guide to discovering and viewing the wildlife of New England covers the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. It provides information on more than 80 wildlife-viewing areas that represent the diversity of New England's natural landscape. Organized by state, the entries for each area detail the natural habitats and their unique features, identify characteristic species to watch for and when to see them, and list recommended trails, auto roads, and driving directions. In addition, the author offers informative introductions to 60 of the region's iconic animals organized by their natural habitats."

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Nature Guide to the Northern Forest: Exploring the Ecology of the Forests of New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine

Peter J. Marchand

University Press of New England

2010

"Part field guide, part natural history narrative, Nature Guide to the Northern Forest will help you identify and understand the complex influences that shape the flora and fauna of northern New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine woods. Readable and enlightening, Nature Guide to the Northern Forest explores topics such as human's influence on the history of the wild, adaptation of species at high elevations, the turning of the seasons, winter, and climate change."

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Birds of New England

Wayne Petersen and Roger Burrows

Lone Pine Publishing

2004

"Full of interesting facts and useful information, "Birds of New England" is a field guide geared to both the casual backyard observer and the experienced naturalist. The book features 320 of New England's most abundant or notable bird species, each one illustrated in color. You'll also find a Quick Reference Guide, organized into color-coded family groupings, as well as a map of the best birding sites and descriptions of a number of New England's most notable viewing locations. The book includes a glossary of terms, birder's checklist and separate indexes for scientific and common names. There is also a color-coded guide to the bird groups on the back cover."

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Birdwatching in Vermont

Ted Murin and Bryan Pfeiffer

University Press of New England

2002

"Designed to appeal to expert and backyard birdwatchers alike, this comprehensive guide reveals where, when, and how to watch and enjoy birds in Vermont. It not only offers the latest information about the seasonal status and distribution of birds in Vermont but also features a thorough introduction to the art and practice of birdwatching, including optics, ethics, migration, and conservation. Packed into its pages is expert advice on rare species, Christmas bird counts, the Vermont landscape, helpful resources for the birdwatcher, and more. Written for people just starting out or accomplished regional birders, this is the essential companion to traditional birdwatching field guides. The heart of the book is the detailed descriptions and maps to more than 120 Vermont birdwatching areas, from the Champlain Lowlands to the summit of Mt. Mansfield. Drawing upon their extensive knowledge of the habits and habitats of Vermont birds, the authors have divided the state into ten regions, each with a rich diversity of birdwatching destinations. The guide also features informative accounts of the 296 bird species regularly seen in Vermont, including their preferred habitats and an innovative graph illustrating when each is most likely to be encountered."

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Birds of New England

Fred J. Alsop

Smithsonian Handbook

DK Publishing

2002

"The most comprehensive series of field guides to North American birds ever. Smithsonian Handbooks are the most comprehensive field guides to North American birds on the market. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution, these amazing guides are an absolute staple for any birder or amateur ornithologist. Each local species receives its own profile, along with descriptions of habitats and annotated photographs that highlight specific characteristics and other points of interest."

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New England Birds: An Introduction to Familiar Species

Waterford Press

2001

"New England Birds is a portable reference guide featuring over 100 species of birds found in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. This richly illustrated and detailed guide is printed on durable material and folds for convenience."

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Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont

Elizabeth H. Thompson and Eric R. Sorenson

University Press of New England

2000

"Describes each of Vermont's 80 upland and wetland natural communities. Ecological settings, including geology, soils, climate, and natural disturbance processes, are described for each community, along with complete lists of characteristic plants and animals."

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The Nature of Vermont: Introduction and Guide to a New England Environment

Charles W. Johnson

University Press of New England

2nd edition

1998

"This expanded edition of an established work offers a generously illustrated natural history set in the context of the state's geologic and human pasts. A broad ecological overview written in engaging narrative for lay readers as well as naturalists, conservationists, and biologists, the book is enhanced with more than 140 photographs, drawings, maps, and diagrams. Also a practical guidebook, it directs people to where they can see what is being discussed, gives current references, and offers a complete directory of conservation organizations in the state. In the new edition, State Naturalist Charles W. Johnson describes many environmental, technological, and cultural changes: more moose and turkey vultures, fewer wood turtles and butternuts; refinement in our thinking about natural communities and endangered species; effects of development, pollution, acid rain, global warming, and invasive non-native species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil; urban/rural clashes mirrored in such issues as the Northern Forests and clear-cutting; a sharpening focus on biodiversity, sustainability, and ecosystem management; the rise of conservation biology as a field of study."

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Vermont Nature Guide: A Field Guide To Birds, Mammals, Trees, Insects, Wildflowers, Amphibians, Reptiles, And Where To Find Them

Sheri Amsel

Pinto Press

1998

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Field Guide to New England

Peter Alden, Brian Cassie

National Audubon Society

Taylor Trade Publishing

1998

"Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England belongs in the home of every New England resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor. This compact volume contains: an easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the region's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more; a complete overview of New England's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns and night sky; and an extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, beaches, forests, islands, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others."

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A Guide to the Winter Gulls of Northern New England

Peter Hunt

Audubon Society Of new Hampshire

1996

"A guide to help birders distinguish among the confusing gull plumages most commonly seen in northern New England, with a few unusual species thrown in; also notes on summer plumages."

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The Smithsonian Guides to Natural America: Northern New England: Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine

W. Wetherall

Random House

1995

"This lavishly photographed guide showcases one of the most beautiful regions in the country - Northern New England, an area of pristine wildernesses and extraordinary landscapes."

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Vermont Wildlife Viewing Guide

Cindy Kilgore Brown

Falcon Press

1994

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Bird Finding in New England

Richard K. Walton

David R Godine

1988

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The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

1985

"The first Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas Project (1976-81) represents the most complete set of baseline data gathered on the nesting birds of Vermont, and one of the first sets of statewide information on breeding birds ever gathered in the United States. Data were collected by 200 volunteers, including members of the seven Vermont chapters of the National Audubon Society and of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) research staff, who spent six summers in the field. This volume was the first state or provincial breeding bird atlas to be published in North America (1985)"

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The Warblers Of New England

C.J. Maynard

1905

Published in 6 parts between 1901 and 1904

From the prospectus:

"This work contains descriptions of ail of the species of American Warblers which are found in New England. The book is illustrated with twelve hand-colored plates on which are figured a male and female of each species. THIE TEXT. The Family characters are first given, both external and internal, followed by a comparison with allied families. Generic characters are then defined in a clear, concise manner, and descriptions of species follow. The size is first given, then the characteristic markings, the time of migration and breeding range. This portion of the text is in large type. Following this, in smaller type, is a detailed description of the adult male and female, then of the young, and when known, of the nestling. Dimensions are next given; then comparisons with allied species, a feature particularly valuable to those who are comparatively unfamiliar with birds. Careful descriptions of the nests and eggs are given. The text on habits is in large type. This is a general account of the species, a more detailed account of the song, migration, and breeding range follows. ILLUSTRATIONS. One of the advantages of this book are the illustrations; many of the characters mentioned are explained by wood cuts, engraved by the author. PLATES. There are twelve plates, on each of which are given life-sized heads of both sexes of all of our warblers. These plates are engraved and hand-colored by the author."
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A Guide To The Birds Of New England And Eastern New York

Containing A Key For Each Season And Short Descriptions Of Over Two Hundred And Fifty Species, With Particular Reference To Their Appearance In The Field

Ralph Hoffman

Four full page plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes and nearly one hundred cuts in the text

Houghton Mifflin & Co

1904

From the introduction:

There is something infectious in the enthusiasm of a student of birds. To hear him talk about the excitement of seeing a new bird, to read his account of it, or, best of all, to go afield with him on a May morning, is often enough to awaken a new interest, which enriches life to a surprising degree. The study of birds presents plenty of difficulties, which add fuel to the flame of real enthusiasm; there are sloughs of despond beyond which the faint-hearted never get. A guide who knows the way, its pitfalls and short cuts, is always welcome, and almost necessary in these days when our only weapon is the opera-glass. In spite of the fact that many excellent books are now available, the author offers another, both in the belief that there can never be too many good guides, and in the hope that this book has been especially adapted to the growing class of beginners in bird study. The book is the result of experience with many field-classes. Every effort has been made to emphasize the aspect of birds as seen out of doors, to describe their general or most prominent colors rather than any mark difficult to see on the living bird, and to call attention to their characteristic habits and haunts, and thus to enable the conscientious student to answer, with as much certainty as possible, the question, "What is the bird that I have seen?" The keys and the illustrations have been prepared with this end in view. There has been no attempt to give a complete description of the plumage, as it would look if the bird were held in the hand, nor does the book contain anything like full biographies of each species. Minute descriptions of the plumage and full accounts of the lives of the birds are to be found in many excellent books, some one of which may well be used to supplement this Guide. Notes and songs have been carefully described, and as far as possible expressed in English syllables. The author is well aware that another listener might express the same sounds by very different syllables; he has not attempted to convey to any one unfamiliar with the song anything more than an idea of its length and accent, and perhaps a suggestion of the quality of its tone. It is hoped, however, that the songs as transcribed will be useful in identifying doubtful species, that any one comparing the transcripts in the book with his own field-notes, or, better still, with the songs themselves, will recognize their likeness to that of one species and their unlikeness to that of another.
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Handbook Of The Sparrows, Finches, etc., Of New England

C.J. Maynard

1896

From the introduction:

"My reason for writing a book upon birds with such a limited scope as the present, is because 1 am sure, from a somewhat extended experience, that it is better for those beginning the study of ornithology to first become thoroughly acquainted w4th some one group of birds, than to acquire a smattering knowledge of many. I have therefore selected the largest and in some ways the most important family of our New England birds, partly, because it is the most extended, but more particularly, because there is no season of the year, when some members of it are not to be found with us. In my walks in the fields and woods with my many pupils, I have found that some experience great difficulty m learning to distinguish birds, either by sight or by hearing their songs. This difficulty, it appears to me, is really due to the fact that the observer is trying to grasp an entirely new, and too vast a subject without a sufficient training of eye and ear. This being undoubtedly the case with so many, it appears best to begin with a group of birds, most of which are of a sufficient size to be readily seen and which not only have prominent, characteristic markings, but which also have songs which are readily distinguishable."
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Last updated January 2014