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White Rock Lake Foundation The
Foundation was founded by Jeannie Terilli in 1989 as Friends of White Rock
Lake. In 1993, the name was changed to The White Rock Lake Foundation.
The Purpose of the Foundation is to assist the Park and Recreation
Department in restoration, improvement, maintenance and preservation
of White Rock Lake's natural health and beauty for the benefit of the people
the Love of the Lake For the Love of the Lake
(FTLOTL) is a political organization who claims to be a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation
and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis. Since
its inception in 1995, thousands of grass-roots volunteers have
participated from picking up litter and recyclables, to assisting
in building renovations at the park, to helping with the White Rock
Marathons and other local events.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit wildlife
rescue organization specializing in the rescue and rehabilitation
of injured, sick or orphaned birds of all types. Their goal is to
restore to health and independence these precious creatures so they
may be released back into their natural environment. They also sell
fresh, free-range eggs from organically fed chickens.
BIRD I.D. LINKS
When I searched for "hawks" on The
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a much prettier though busy-looking site, and I
got a page of hawks to choose from.
What Bird has
one of the ugliest interfaces on the web. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. So I'm curious whether
a recent photo is really a Red-tailed Hawk, so I look up hawks, and I see woodpeckers,
owls, orioles, sandpipers, gooses, and even some hawks. Did this interface just
happen or did somebody actually design it?
For awhile, Sibley's Guide to Birds was online,
but that was clearly a mistake, because they're still trying to sell the basic
best bird I.D book available. The site was a class act, very well done. I used
it several times before they took it away. Too bad. I have the books; I wanted
a quicker interface than paging through paper.
Male Black-chinned Hummingbird with a beakfull
at Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas - June 2010
BOOKS - listed in order of usefulness
The Birds of Texas by
Keith A. Arnold and Gregory Kennedy is apparently no longer published by Lone Pine Publishing International.
ISBN-13: 978-976-8200-18-1 — has nice, big, single pictures of each species
hereabouts and a great little, informative blurb about each bird but not much
depth of detail or more than one or two pictures of each bird. It's a wonderful
book that I dearly love and use to see nice big pix of Texas Birds, plus find
great info about what they eat, where in Texas they hang out, what they say or
sing, and where's best in Texas to find them. The informal story about each species
is delightful. It's where I find out what Texas birds eat.
Audubon Society - The Sibley Guide to Birds, written and profusely
illustrated by David Allen Sibley, ISBN 0-679-45122-6, $35.00, Alfred A. Knopf,
Publisher - my favorite big book of birds. Kinda expensive, but the reference,
with lots of morphs, developmental stages, sex and other vaiations detailed.
The Crossley ID Guide,
Eastern Birds is
taller and wider than either The National Audubon Society The
Sibley Guide to Birds or Peterson's Field Guide to
Birds of North America. It's noticeably thicker
than Petersons and about as thick as The Sibley, but very different from either,
because each specific bird species is shown in a variety of plumages, sexes and
ages, from differing viewpoints and with some of their natural environments
included. All images are photographs collaged on a single page.
It is a different sort of guide.
All the images are photographs by Crossley. From Princeton Crossley Books, ISBN
978-691-14778-9, retailing at US $35.00 but less than that on Amazon,
which shows what's different about this new guide. Each page is very
busy with mobs of birds spotting, which without direct lighting, sometimes appear
low contrast, but when Sibley or Peterson don't show the varieties in a single species, I go to Crossley. The type is small, thin, and difficult to read, with a large
x-height and little linespacing. Being able to see the sexes, ages and differing
plumages, however, is very useful. I
wouldn't call it a replacement for the other books, but it's a different
way of seeing, and often shows variations the others ignore.
Birding Basics - How to identify birds, using the clues in feathers, habitats,
behaviors and sounds by David Allen Sibley - ISBN 0-375-70966-5 $15.95, only
I got it from Amazon probably cheaper
Peterson Field Guide to Birds
of North America - ISBN 978-0-618-96614-1 (I got mine for $9.98 new at
Half Price Books (Inside flap says $26.00) - has bigger pix than Sibley's but
not as many variations. Neither always includes both males and females.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America — Third
Edition, ISBN 0-7922-6569-6, $7.99 in the bargain bin
— is like the Golden Book of Birds with better color and printing,
updated information, expanded coverage and larger, much more
detailed illustrations, including many developmental stages, progressive
flight images, and something many bird books ignore, like pictures
of the females of the species.
Slick pages are nice for coffee table books, but this one uses thin,
soft, offset paper, making pages easier to turn and the book easier
to hold open. Most illustrations are on the right-hand page, with text
and maps on the left, making it easier to search, and its smallish overall
size makes it convenient to travel with.
Hawks From Every Angle -
How to Identify Raptors in Flight by Jerry Liguori - ISBN 0-691-11825-6
National Audubon Society - The
Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, illustrated by David Allen Sibley,
ISBN 0-679-45123-4 $45 - Not terrific for identification of birds, but fabulous
for knowing what specific birds do and why. Delicious, detailed information about
the lives of birds. Nice illustrations, too, if smallish.
Peterson Reference Guides' Molt
in North American Birds by Steve N.G. Howell - ISBN 978-0-547-15235-6 - $35.00 but
less from Amazon - is a new book I've looked through to see if the
person who recommended it to me was right when they insisted there
would be photos of baby, immature and juvenile birds, but there are
Best of My Bird I.D Books
Golden - A Guide to Field Identification - Birds
of North America, Expanded, Revised Edition, ISBN 0-307-33656-5, 1983,
1966 - I bought this for a trip, probably to Canada or the Dakotas in the 1980s.
Remarkably informative. I doubt it's still in print. Would be a find in a garage
sale or thrift store bargain bin, as would any of the other, often physically
dated, but remarkably informative Golden books.
The National Geographic
Complete Birds of North America, companion
to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
(abov), edited by Jonathan Alderfer, ISBN
0-7922-4175-4, $35.00 - has illustrations of bird species
at differing developmental stages and morphs. It's a beautiful book.
Finding Birds on the
Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail [in] Houson, Galveston & the
Upper Texas Coast by Ted Lee Eubanks Jr., Robert A. Behrstock
and Seth Davidson - ISBN-13 978-1-58544-534-9 - $23.00, but I'm
sure I paid Amazon less - does pretty much what the title says,
but it's not fascinating or entirely useful. The pictures don't
always illustrate the ideas, more like they're just thrown in.
We found more birds by just wandering around down there.
Smithsonian Handbooks - Birds
of Texas by Fred J. Alsop III, ISBN
0-7894-8388-2, $22.95, DK www.dk.com
Fog City Press - The
Encyclopedia of Birds — A
Complete Visual Guide, ISBN 174089355-7, $7.99 Bargain Bin at
Peterson First Guides - Birds,
a simplified field guide to the common birds of North America, Roger
Tory Peterson, ISBN 0-395-40684-6, $4.96 - Basic identification patterns,
cursory illustrated list of common birds.
The Audubon Society Pocket Guides - Familiar
Birds of North America,
Western Region, ISBN 0-394-74842-5, $9.00
I don't have this one yet, but I've been studying the Kaufman
Field Guide to Advanced Birding by Kenn Kaufman online. Vinyl bound is
$14.28. ISBN-10: 0547248326 and ISBN-13: 978-0547248325. From what I've read
in Amazon's sneak-peek, it looks like a big help in advanced bird identification.
When and if I get it, I'll review it further here.
Egrets Chasing - January 2008
I don't recommend books. I recommend people
go to a bookstore or several bookstores or to their friends'
houses — even a library — and
look at books. Sooner or later, one will jump out at you.
You will recognize it because it will tell
you what you need to know in ways you can appreciate. Or it entertains
or excites you. When I discovered The Encyclopedia
of Birds in
the bargain bin at my neighborhood bookstore — for $7.99, I was
enchanted with all the big color pictures of birds all over the
world, including some right here in North Central Texas. And
It can be as complete as Sibley's
Guide to Birds, as complex as the mostly text Sibley's Guide
to Bird Life & Behavior or
as simple as The Golden Book of Birds (except they don't make
that anymore. I have one, and I especially love the Golden Series
of books about almost anything. When I taught photography in a community
college, I suggested students buy The Golden Book of Photography,
because it was $1 and had everything they needed to know to start. My Golden
Book of Birds is so old
it has all black and white illustrations.
What I'm saying is that I need Sibley's
Guide to Birds and Sibley's
Guide to Bird Life and Behavior and about twenty others, because I want
to learn all that stuff. But I got them one at a time over years and
years. You need what you need to learn stuff you want or need to learn
when you're ready for it.
If all you identify is one bird a year, you
don't need to buy a Sibley's. In fact, you may get away with
going to the library or visiting What
Bird dot Com. Libraries have lots of books
to look at, and What Bird dot com has has some straightforward
identification tools. Either might be just what you need.
I don't recommend any one book to everybody, like I don't recommend
one camera to everybody. Everybody's needs are different. You are a
better guide to what you want or need than anybody else, including experts,
especially including some amateur who has an online bird blog.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds Bird
American Birds Photo Gallery by Peter LaTourrette -
smallish photos but helpful and nearly complete for North America;
link list on the left. I use it often, although not as often as
I use my books.
Bird . com - from the basics to the more specific,
an easy guide with plenty of possibilities
Birding Skills from Cornell Lab
of a Bird Body
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph
Hill is informative and heart-warming
and true. A documentary, not fiction. That movie changed my relation
is the fascinating story of a Red-tailed Hawk who takes up residence
in New York City's Central Park under — or should
I say — over the watchful eyes of many of NYC's people who become
fans. Told with grace and style and intelligence.
Murder of Crows is
a really really stupid name for an outstandingly informative and entertaining
documentary about birds, some of whom are smarter than some of us. It is cute
that a flock of crows are sometimes called a murder of them, but this story has
nothing to do with murdering crows, so it's not even a bad pun. It's just a stupid
title for a documentary on how smart crows are, and they are very smart indeed.
The narrator says ravens are even smarter, then doesn't tell us anything more
about ravens. I'm a big fan of birds, and I've often photographed and wondered
about crows. I've even repeated that they are very smart, but this movie proves
it in many remarkable and visual ways. — from my Recent
Movies Revued page.
Hummingbirds: Magic in
the Air is on Public
TV, but you can find it here anytime — it's fascinating for us
Hummingbird lovers. There's even an introduction to it.
Production Value can usually be all but be
forgot for most DVDs. Even sappy heart smarmers have remarkable
visual high standards for the audio and visual portions of our programs.
I (a bird photographer of some little experience) had to notice that
the people who put together Birds, Birds,
Birds!: An Indoor Birdwatching Field Trip*** cared not a whit
about focus in any of the video segments in this primarily audio
program. Most of the still photographs were in f socus, but barely.
A pity with such colorful characters. It's always intriguing
how different nationalities pronounce "universal" onomatopoetics, like "meow," which
is strictly Estados Unitosian. In this presentation — it is not
a movie — a woman gives American English verbalizations to bird
songs, which luckily also occupy the soundtrack, though usually
at less volume. Her voicings are traditional and how many of these
birds came to be named, but they sound nothing like the bird noises
presented, and I can't imagine remembering them. Of course, my audial
BIRDS AS SCIENCE