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In the Field, Among the FeatheredA History of Birders and Their Guides$
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Thomas R. Dunlap

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734597.001.0001

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A Book for a Hobby, 1889–1920

A Book for a Hobby, 1889–1920

(p.37) Two A Book for a Hobby, 1889–1920
In the Field, Among the Feathered

Thomas R. Dunlap

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on early field guides that not only got people into birdwatching as a hobby and helped them identify familiar birds and some new ones, but also gave them the information they needed in a format that met their needs. These books paved the way for the modern guide, a book aimed solely at field identification, such as Chester Reed's Water Birds, Game Birds, and Birds of Prey; Land Birds East of the Rockies from Parrots to Bluebirds; and Western Bird Guide: Birds of the Rockies and West to the Pacific. The chapter also looks at Frank Chapman's Color Key to North American Birds and Ralph Hoffman's Guide to the Birds of New England and Eastern New York. The focus is on the process of identification that these guides fostered, along with birdwatching's emerging approach to nature.

Keywords:   field guides, birdwatching, birds, field identification, Chester Reed, Frank Chapman, Ralph Hoffman, nature

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