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Although the many common birds of the Upper Midwest are lovely to hear and see, there is no doubt that the uncommon birds attract more attention. In this gorgeously illustrated companion to their Fifty Common Birds of the Upper Midwest, which provided a new appreciation of the not-so-ordinary beauty and life ways of familiar birds, illustrator Dana Gardner and writer Nancy Overcott celebrate the rarer birds of the Upper Midwest.
    The authors selected species that are uncommon because of dwindling populations, species that may be common elsewhere but not in the Upper Midwest, species that may be abundant one year and absent the next, and species that are usually present but seldom seen. Beginning with the surf scoter with its multicolored bill and ending with the gregarious evening grosbeak, which resembles a giant goldfinch, they pair watercolors of each species with text that portrays its life cycle, its vocalizations and distribution. Throughout, Overcott's personable text is infused with the pleasures of her twenty-plus years of living and birding in Minnesota's Big Woods and her dedication to preserving natural resources, and Gardner's paintings-each a gorgeous reminder of the rare qualities of these uncommon birds from this renowned illustrator of bird life worldwide-emphasize her call for conservation efforts.
    The annotated bibliography includes online information about national and international organizations that focus on birds or that affect birds through conservation, as well as information about a variety of books and journals for beginning to experienced birders.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Half Title Page, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. x-xvii
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  1. Surf Scoter
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Hooded Merganser
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Greater Prairie-Chicken
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Common Loon
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. American White Pelican
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. American Bittern
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. White-faced Ibis
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Osprey
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Red-shouldered Hawk
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Swainson’s Hawk
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Golden Eagle
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Peregrine Falcon
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Sora
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Common Moorhen
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Whooping Crane
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Upland Sandpiper
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Wilson’s Phalarope
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Snowy Owl
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Northern Hawk Owl
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Great Gray Owl
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Northern Saw-whet Owl
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Red-headed Woodpecker
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Acadian Flycatcher
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Northern Shrike
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Philadelphia Vireo
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Brown Creeper
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. Winter Wren
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Townsend’s Solitaire
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Veery
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Wood Thrush
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Brown Thrasher
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Bohemian Waxwing
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Blue-winged Warbler
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. Northern Parula
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Cerulean Warbler
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Prothonotary Warbler
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Louisiana Waterthrush
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Hooded Warbler
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Yellow-breasted Chat
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Summer Tanager
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Lark Sparrow
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. Henslow’s Sparrow
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. Harris’s Sparrow
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. Snow Bunting
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Dickcissel
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Eastern and Western Meadowlarks
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. Pine Grosbeak
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Red Crossbill
  2. pp. 97-98
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  1. Evening Grosbeak
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. Recommended Reading
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 111-112
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781587298554
Related ISBN
9781587295904
MARC Record
OCLC
551757984
Pages
128
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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