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Citizen Science -- No Degree Required

Citizen Science -- No Degree Required

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to help astronomers learn about the Universe. You don't need a degree in biology to help track bird populations.  Interested in what whale songs mean? You guessed it—you don't need to be an oceanographer to help scientists figure it out. All it takes is an interest and computer access and you can join the growing ranks of Citizen Scientists. Most projects provide tutorials or clear instructions on their websites. You don't even have to be an adult!

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

By David Allen Sibley

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One of the newer field guides, this one has lovely illustrations and maps all on the same page for ease of use. It also shows birds in different poses - very helpful! It is a bit heavy to carry in the field, but the quality is worth the weight! The library also owns his guide to birds of Western North America.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America

By Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson

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"In celebration of the centennial of Roger Tory Peterson's birth comes a historic collaboration among renowned birding experts and artists to preserve and enhance the Peterson legacy. This new book combines the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and the Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds in one volume, filled with accessible, concise information and including almost three hours of video podcasts to make bird watching even easier."

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How to Begin Birdwatching

By Don and Lillian Stokes

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Based on the PBS series 'Birdwatch' with Don and Lillian Stokes.

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Adventures in Bird Watching

By Ken Dial

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Dial visits locales in the United States and Costa Rica to view birds native to the areas. Vol. 1. Florida wading birds ; Massachusetts songbirds -- Vol. 2. Washington predators ; Arizona hummingbirds -- Vol. 3. Rare birds of Costa Rica ; Prime tropical tropical real estate.

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Birding by Ear

By Richard K. Walton

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Enables birders to recognize birds of eastern and central North America by their songs and calls. Points out exactly what to listen for to tell one bird from another. Available on both cassette and CD.

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The Little Book of Birding

By George H. Harrison

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Bird-watching expert George Harrison provides more than a glimpse into the unpredictable and often humorous avian world. Experienced bird watchers will recognize with delight the insight he imparts. They will also recognize themselves, albeit with some embarrassment, in the humorous photographs, which show to what lengths some people will go in their obsession with birds.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Birdwatching

By Sheila Buff

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Tips for choosing the right equipment, finding a good birding location, and identifying the birds once you get there.
An eBook.

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The American Bird Conservancy Guide to the 500 Most Important Birding Areas in the United States

By Robert M. Chipley

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This expert resource organizes the United States into 36 ornithologically distinct bird regions, then identifies and describes the 500 sites within these regions. Each site entry includes ornithological highlights, ownership information, a description of habitats and land use, a guide to which species one can expect to find, conservation issues, and visitor information. Full-color maps and illustrations throughout, along with a thorough index, make this book as useful as it is unique.

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Pete Dunne on Bird Watching: The How-to, Where-to, and When-to of Birding

By Pete Dunne

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"Pete Dunne has taught birding to beginners for years, but he has never found the right book to help them get started. Now the popular birding author identifies the skills and tools available to people with any amount of interest--great or small-- in bird watching. Beginning with backyard birding and moving through a quick but comprehensive survey of tools of the trade, Dunne outlines ten basic, simple steps in bird identification that can make a birder out of the most casual of observers. He goes on to show beginning birders how to use their skills to explore new horizons through birding by ear, birding by telescope, and finding and identifying rare or difficult birds."

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