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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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Conclusion: The Gyre

Conclusion: The Gyre

(p.201) Conclusion: The Gyre
In the Field, Among the Feathered

Thomas R. Dunlap

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter recapitulates the book's insights about the history of birdwatching and field guides in America from the Victorian era to the present. It explains how birders borrowed natural history's categories to measure competition and accomplishment, and to sharpen their field skills for their own enjoyment. From Florence Merriam's Birds through an Opera-Glass (1889) to David Sibley's Sibley Guide to Birds (2000), field guides made Americans aware of birds and nature and encouraged them to become advocates of conservation. Field guides showed people nature's wonders, at home or in the wilderness, and changed the balance between conservation and recreation in birding as a hobby.

Keywords:   birdwatching, field guides, America, birders, natural history, nature, birds, conservation, recreation, birding

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