|*Author: Peterson, Roger Tory (EDT)/ Harrison, Mada (EDT)/ Harrison, Hal H./ Harrison, Hal H. (PHT) *Series Title: PETERSON FIELD GUIDE SERIES *Subtitle: Of 520 Species Found Breeding in the United States West of the Mississippi River *Publication Date: 2001/09/30 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 7.00|
From the Publisher:
The nests and eggs of all the common birds found west of the Mississippi are covered in detail - 520 species in all. More than 400 photographs show the nests and eggs in their typical habitats. Descriptive text includes color, shape, and number of eggs for each species, plus information on nesting materials, construction, and dimensions.
Roger Tory Peterson, probably the best-known and most influential ornithologist of the 20th century, was born of Swedish and German parents in upstate New York. He was considered a dreamer by his family and "strange" by his schoolmates because of his interest in nature. At the age of 11, he spent ten cents on a set of Audubon bird leaflets to study and color, and began his lifelong fascination with birds. He studied art at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design, then became a schoolteacher until the unexpected success of A FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS in 1934, after which he was able to devote his life to what he loved: studying, painting and writing about birds. He was married three times, divorced twice, and had two sons. He believed that people who watch birds are "a bit more civilized, a bit more aware," than people who don't. At his death, he was working on the fifth revision of his classic guide.