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The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont
Rosalind B. Renfrew, ed.

2013 • 572 pp. 208 photos, 415 maps, 591 tables, 215 graphs 8 1/2 x 11"
Birds & Birdwatching / Nature - Regional

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“Although the data is online, this atlas will renew your faith in the printed word,” Renfrew said. “This isn’t a field guide. It’s about distribution... [continued in Reviews below]”—Stowe Today

The long-awaited second atlas of breeding birds in Vermont

Vermont’s breeding bird atlas of 1985 was a landmark tool to guide conservation and provided baseline maps of Vermont’s bird fauna. Now, after a quarter century of change, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, one of the most comprehensive Vermont wildlife publications ever produced, provides a vital tool for state- and region-wide bird conservation and appreciation. A product of the single largest citizen science project in Vermont’s history, this volume presents the fruits of a five-year labor of love and dedication from 350 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Their more than 30,000 hours afield documented breeding birds across the state, providing a new, up-to-date “state of the birds” resource on breeding in Vermont. One of the first second-generation atlases to be completed in North America, this edition documents changes in breeding bird distributions by comparing current figures to those in the 1985 atlas. This indispensable and visually stunning reference includes full-color photographs, maps, graphs, and descriptions of over 200 species. In addition, the contributors present a full accounting of data collection and methods; a guide to the biogeography of Vermont; and essays on changes in habitats, climate, land use, and their impact on Vermont’s bird communities over the past twenty-five years. A treasure trove of information for birders—and an invaluable reference for ornithologists, conservationists, and land use planners—this book will influence and guide our understanding and management of avian species in Vermont for decades to come.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"Although the data is online, this atlas will renew your faith in the printed word,” Renfrew said. “This isn’t a field guide. It’s about distribution and population of Vermont breeding birds. Yet it’s presented in a way — including full color on every page — that is accessible and attractive. It’s an impressive work of science and a coffee-table book as well. For folks who have yet to discover birds, this volume is an ideal complement to a basic birdwatching field guide. It offers insights about Vermont birds — how they live — far beyond what you can find in any field guide." —Stowe Today

"The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont - it's a beauty. Expertly edited by Roz Renfrew from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, the Atlas is a birder's tour de force. . . . At 548 pages and 5 1/2 pounds the Atlas is the best book written about Vermont's birds in over twenty-five years. . . . A triumph of citizen-science that will serve as the ultimate reference book for Vermont's birds for many years to come." —Hermit Thrush: The Newsletter of the Green Mountain Audubon Society

“This beautiful and comprehensive atlas will be an essential reference for land managers, birders, and anyone who cares about the nature of Vermont. Revealed in these pages are trends and changes, even a few surprises, in bird populations during the last few decades.” —David Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds

“This volume is a treasure, a labor of love for lovers of birds. Essential reading for specialists and general readers who care about our feathered brothers and sisters.” —David Budbill, poet and playwright

“This atlas is a portrait of Vermont in flux—great global trends illustrated at a scale of song and feather. Thanks to the enormous work of observers across the state, Vermont has an essential and beautiful volume on the status of its nesting birds.”—Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College

ROSALIND B. RENFREW is director of the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas as well as a conservation biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

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