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Wisconsin Birds
A Seasonal and Geographical Guide
Second Edition
Stanley A. Temple, John R. Cary, and Robert Rolley

A North Coast Book

A guide to the distribution and abundance of 265 bird species

Hoping to see a snow goose? Wondering if that marbled godwit you've spotted is a rara avis? Noticing that you don't see as many eastern meadowlarks as you used to?

Wisconsin Birds is a comprehensive and useful guide to the distribution and abundance of all common bird species found in the state. Meant as a supplement to the colorful field guides that identify birds, this little book of maps and graphs will tell you where to find them. Based on data collected on weekly checklists by members of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology since 1982, this book's first edition was the first of its kind for any state. This new edition is completely updated with data gathered through 1995.

Each page of the book is devoted to a single species—265 in all—showing the areas of the state in which that species can be found, its relative abundance in those areas, and seasonal patterns of abundance in southern and northern Wisconsin. New to this edition are graphs showing whether the species has increased, decreased, or remained stable over the last fifteen years.

Also included in Wisconsin Birds are a list of other species only rarely seen in Wisconsin, an explanation of how to interpret the maps and graphs, and a description of the Wisconsin Checklist Project.

Sponsored by The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Stanley A. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor in Conservation and John R. Cary is a senior information processing consultant, both in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Robert Rolley is a wildlife population ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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cover of Wisconsin Birds is an illustration in blue of birds flying in formation

February 1998
LC: 97-006432 QL
320 pp.         4 1/2 x 7
Paper ISBN 978-0-299-15224-6
Cloth ISBN 978-0-299-15220-8

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