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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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Birds over America

Birds over America

(p.117) Five Birds over America
In the Field, Among the Feathered

Thomas R. Dunlap

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Roger Tory Peterson's influence on the development of field identification and birdwatching in America through his book, A Field Guide to the Birds. First published in 1934, A Field Guide to the Birds had its third edition in 1947, which transformed birdwatching into an outdoor recreation for the masses, made Peterson a household name, and turned the field guide into a standard form of informal nature education. With their emphasis on names and using science in an unstructured fashion, field guides became a means for people to learn about nature at their own pace and encouraged open-ended study of birds.

Keywords:   birds, Roger Tory Peterson, field identification, birdwatching, America, A Field Guide to the Birds, outdoor recreation, science, field guides, nature

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