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Being a bird in North America, north of Mexico. Volume 1: waterfowl to shorebirds / Robert Alvo.

Alvo, Robert, (author.).

Available copies

  • 18 of 21 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Terrace Public Library.

Current holds

0 current holds with 21 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Terrace Public Library 598.097 ALV (Text) 35151000670620 Adult Non-fiction Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780987773302
  • ISBN: 0987773305
  • Physical Description: 255 pages : colour illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
  • Publisher: Ottawa, Ontario : Robert Alvo, 2015.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"...the first in a series of books whose main theme is conservation." --p. 7, What this book is.
"The first in a series of books describing the Earth's elements of biodiversity" --cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Species accounts - arranged by the following 13 orders: Waterfowl: Whistling-Ducks, Geese, Swans, Ducks -- Chachalaca, Quails, Grouse, Ptarmigans, Prairie-chickens, Turkey -- Loons -- Grebes -- American flamingo -- Pelagic birds: Fulmar, Shearwater, Storm-petrels -- Wood Stork -- Suliforms: Frigatebird, Booby, Gannet, Cormorants, Anhinga -- Pelicans, Bitterns, Herons, Egrets, Ibises, Spoonbill -- Vultures, Condor -- Diurnal raptors: Osprey, Kites, Eagles, Harrier, Hawks -- Marsh birds: Rails, Sora, Gallinules, Boot, Limpkin, Cranes -- Shorebirds: Stilt, Plovers, Sandpipers, Phalaropes, etc.
Summary, etc.:
"A new kind of book for anyone interested in birds: Custom-drawn cartoons from 15 artists; Well-researched and properly cited and referenced species accounts featuring interesting aspects of each native breeding species, such as their tricks for survival, real problems they face in nature or because of humans, ecology, birding considerations, unanswered questions, and much more; Global distribution maps; NatureServe conservation status ranks: global, Canada, U.S., Mexico; Spanish bird names for use in Mexico published for the first time. Also French names; Taxonomy, nomenclature, and species ordering as per the American Ornithologists' Union (Chesser 2014); Photos from biologists conducting field work; Focus on "North America" as defined by the American Birding Association (ABA); Prosaic gems from Arthur Cleveland Bent's Life Histores of North American Birds books series; An appendix that complates the list and status of North American birds." --back cover.
"Being a Bird in North America (BABINA) brings birds to life on the page with a blend of humor and science that showcases the most interesting aspects of each species. With over 200 original cartoons, this book makes every species memorable, and sets itself apart from field guides. Whether the reader is new to the world of birds or a veteran birder, BABINA offers new insight into the lives of birds. It reveals the tricks used by birds to survive, the real problems they face, and addresses their conservation issues.--Website:, Dec. 7/19.
Subject: Birds > Conservation.
Shore birds.
Water birds.
Birds > Canada > Identification.
Birds > United States > Identification.
Birds > Ecology > Canada.
Birds > Ecology > United States.
Birds > Canada > Geographical distribution.
Birds > United States > Geographical distribution.

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