A Guide to Birding Field Guides

Knowing a Hawk from a Handsaw, Wall Street Journal, Laura Jacobs


Like Emily Post’s “Etiquette” and Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” Roger Tory Peterson’s “A Field Guide to the Birds” (1934) was both revolutionary and egalitarian. It opened the door to a rarefied world of patterns and facts, inviting the ignorant and the ambitious alike to take part in something that had previously seemed impenetrable or academic—or the province of a leisured class.


Mark’s Rant:  I love my 2011 Crossley ID Guide!