Bird & Nature Books
Please remember that many more items are for sale at NH Audubon’s McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Rd. (off Rt. 89, Exit 2) in Concord, 603-224-9909. To place an order by phone, call the NH Audubon Nature Store during business hours at (603)224-9909 x318. Please have your Visa or MasterCard number ready when you call.
Edited by Carol R. Foss
464 pages, 1995
Softcover or CD (pdf format)
The most comprehensive study ever published on the status and distribution of New Hampshire's breeding birds, with a full-page map of breeding distribution as well as a detailed written account of past and present breeding status, range, trends, and habits. The Atlas also contains over 200 line drawings by well-known New Hampshire artists. Besides being an invaluable resource for anyone interested in New England birds, it's also a surprisingly entertaining read, especially for a reference book. It's great for school projects, and a must for every library in New Hampshire.
Written by Susan Story Galt, Illustrated by Mike Milligan
32 page booklet
Find out how you can make your yard more "wildlife-friendly" for birds and other wildlife! Based on "The Backyard Naturalist" column that appears in New Hampshire Audubon, this booklet offers tips on attracting birds, butterflies-even amphibians-to your yard.
by Stephen R. Mirick
28 page booklet, Revised and updated in 2009 with new maps
Your guide to the best birding spots along the New Hampshire coast and Great Bay, this guide gives you specific directions to excellent birding spots as well as highlights what may be found at different times of the year. Maps of the area are included. Additional sections include Star Island and the Isles of Shoals, as well as pelagic birding.
A simple checklist for recording the dates of bird sightings when in the field
A handy checklist of the birds of New Hampshire for use in the field.
Edited by Pamela Hunt, Stephen R. Mirick, Robert A. Quinn, Tudor Richards and Rebecca Suomala
A 48-page booklet containing an expanded listing of species found in New Hampshire and bar graphs depicting their abundance and months of occurrence. It includes brief descriptions of New Hampshire's seven major birding regions and a brief synopsis on bird migration in the state. Other features include an index, map, and notes on casual, accidental and introduced species. It is an invaluable tool for both beginning and experienced birders. This revised and updated edition of the 1982 classic written by Kimball C. Elkins is published by New Hampshire Audubon.
by Peter Hunt
20 page booklet, illustrated by the author, 1996
A guide to help birders distinguish among the confusing gull plumages most commonly seen in northern New England, with a few unusual species thrown in; also notes on summer plumages
For inspirational reading anytime, give dad a copy of Robert Valliere's book about how working with birds helped him recover from injuries sustained in the Persian Gulf War.
Wounded Warriors, A Soldier's Story of Healing Through Birds, $24.95
By Roger Tory Peterson
With all-new range maps, updated text, and 40 new paintings, the completely revised editions of two classic Peterson Field Guides are sure to be valuable additions to any birder's pocket or daypack. At a trim size of 5 x 8, they are portable but also beautifully illustrated. Photographs, while modern looking and colorful, capture just one moment in time. The paintings in these guides, however, show all of a bird's key field marks and use the Peterson Identification System to make bird identification easier for beginning and intermediate bird watchers.
Price includes shipping.
A team of professional birders has updated the text, the maps, and the art for these authoritative guides. Expert birders also created 35 entertaining and easy-to-use video podcasts, which are available to download. They make fun and educational viewing on a computer desktop or MP3 player.
The best-selling field guide since 1934, the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America is now in its sixth edition. With clear, succinct accounts of more than 500 species, accurate and beautiful paintings on 159 color plates, and 512 maps annotated with extensive range information, this is the most up-to-date and accessible field guide for bird watchers in eastern North America.
by Donald and Lillian Stokes The culmination of many years of research, observation, and study, the new STOKES FIELD GUIDE includes more species, more photographs, and more useful identification information than any other photographic field guide.
The photographs cover all significant plumages, including male, female, summer, winter, immature, morphs, important subspecies, and birds in flight. Also included:
* the newest scientific and common names and phylogenetic order;
* special help for identifying birds in flight through important clues of behavior, plumage, and shape;
* detailed descriptions of songs and calls;
* important behavioral information;
* key habitat preferences of each species; and
* the newest range maps, detailing species' winter, summer, year-round ranges, and migration routes.
* a special downloadable CD with more than 600 bird sounds (from Lang Elliott and Kevin Colver) and 150 photographs: the calls and songs of 150 common North American species.
NH Audubon’s Passport to Nature is a full color, 40-page booklet highlighting six of NH Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries. Unique natural and historical features are described for each property. A rubber stamp is hidden in a passport box along each trail. Users who visit multiple sanctuaries can collect the stamps in their passport booklet. Those who collect 4 of the 6 stamps may submit their name for a drawing to receive a copy of Mary Holland’s book, Naturally Curious.
Order your Passport to Nature now.
$7.50 for NHA members, $9.50 for non-members, price includes postage and handling.
by Robert P. Fox and Allan R. Keith
This is the first book in 100 years to document the sightings of birds in New Hampshire. It is available now only through New Hampshire Audubon’s McLane Center Nature Store. It is a must-have for any avid New Hampshire birder.
The book contains :
- First state-wide coverage of all species in 110 years
- Status and distribution for all 427 species, seasons of occurrence and abundance
- History of New Hampshire Christmas Counts
- Summary of New Hampshire Hawk-watching data
- Location and identity of over 4,800 museum specimens collected in the state
- Summary of over 17,500 bird band returns for New Hampshire
- Breeding Bird Survey results since 1966
- Bibliography of over 1,200 titles covering the last 200 years
Price includes either $10 shipping and handling for media mail (which can take up to 2 weeks) or $15 for priority shipping. If you need a different shipping option, please contact the Nature Store at 224-9909.
Exploring doesn't end when the sun sets. Take a look at the night sky. It is possible to see another galaxy (The Andromeda Galaxy) with just a pair of binoculars! This "dew-proof" laminated folding guide includes 4 seasonal night sky charts showing all major constellations and other objects visible with the naked eye!
Enjoy reading about Loons and coloring the drawings in this book first published in three printings in 1983 but not reprinted again until this year. The authors, Minnesotans Joan Cox and Linda Mazanec, were young housewives with small children in 1983, when they compared notes about how much they enjoyed seeing loons at their lake cabins. They created "Gavia Immer" (scientific name for the common loon) with pictures of the birds accompanied by easy-to-understand text about their habits.
Gavia Immer, Splendid Swimmer, $8.95 plus $5.95 shipping
Bees transfer pollen between male and female parts of a flower resulting in fertilization and seed production. It is said that bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat! Start reading about the more than 250 different species of bees.
Princeton University Press, 6 x 9 paperback with 150 illustrations, $24.95
Newcomb's is considered a classic and once you learn the ID system, finding your plants in the 490 page book is easy.
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, $19.99
by Eric Masterson
Designed to appeal to expert and backyard birdwatchers alike, this comprehensive guide reveals where, when, and how to watch and enjoy birds in New Hampshire. It not only offers the latest information about the seasonal status and distribution of birds in New Hampshire but also features a thorough introduction to the art and practice of birdwatching, including equipment, ethics, migration, conservation, and most of all, finding that "good bird."
by Donald and Lillian Stokes
The culmination of many years of research, observation, and study, the The Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region is factually, visually, and organizationally superior to any other photographic field guide available. This easy-to-use guide features 545 North American bird species and more than 2,000 stunning color photographs. And yet it's portable enough to fit in your pocket! The photographs cover all significant plumages, including male, female, summer, winter, immature, morphs, important subspecies, and birds in flight. This new addition to the library offers portability and ease of use.
Keep a "yardlist" of your own. This 4-page checklist includes a list of species commonly seen in New Hampshire backyards, a place to write the date of a first sighting and room for notes.