This first volume of a remarkable four-volume set on the birds of British Columbia covers eight-six species of nonpasserines, from loons through to waterfowl. Detailed species accounts provide unprecedented coverage of these birds, presenting a wealth of information on the ornithological history, habitat, breeding habits, migratory movements, seasonality, and distribution patterns. Introductory chapters look at the province’s ornithological history, its environment and the methodology used in the volumes.
The authors, all renowned ornithologists and naturalists, have spent more than two decades researching and writing the four volumes. Their efforts have made this one of the most ambitious bird projects every undertaken, one that set the standard for ornithological publications. The Birds of British Columbia is a complete reference work for birdwatchers, ornithologists, and wildlife managers who want in-depth information on the province’s regularly occurring and rare birds.
These books will tell amateurs the secrets that until now only scientists have known. (It) will become, without question, the most authoritative, comprehensive book ever written about the birds of BC. It is more like a bible than a book.
To me birds have always been an indication of the state of the natural regions of our planet -- like the canary in the coal mine phenomenon. If more people paid attention to the detail of the state of our bird life, we would be much more likely to show wisdom and stewardship towards our environment. The work in this book provides an excellent benchmark which should contribute to the welfare of British Columbia.
Methods, Terms and Abbreviations
Checklist of B.C. Birds
Procellariidae: Fulmars and Shearwaters
Ardeidae: Bitterns and Herons
Anatidae: Swans, Geese, and Ducks
Casual, Accidental, Extirpated, and Extinct Birds
About the Authors
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