Birding the Southwestern National Parks
Natural History - Ornithology
6.125 x 9.25, 216 pp.
16 color photos., 53 b&w drawings.
Pub Date: 01/21/2004
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
  cloth
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978-1-58544-286-7
  paper
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978-1-58544-287-4

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Birding the Southwestern National Parks

By Roland H. Wauer
Illustrations by Mimi Hoppe Wolf

At the end of the twentieth century roughly 265 million people visited the 374 sites in the American National Park System. These places, designated and protected because of their significance to our nation’s historical and natural heritage, contain some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States—landscapes that naturally lend themselves to outdoor recreation.

In this book, veteran parks interpreter Ro Wauer introduces the pleasures of birding in the national parks of the American Southwest. From California to Texas, from hugely popular destinations such as Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the mostly undiscovered shores of Amistad National Recreation Area, Wauer visits seventeen sites and gives us his advice on what birds to expect to see and where and how to find them.

Written by a birder for birders, this book introduces readers to some of the best birding north of the Mexican border, as well as some of the most impressive scenery anywhere. Wauer takes readers on a personal tour, pointing out where to go to see a vast array of each park’s bird life: Le Conte’s Thrashers in Death Valley, Clark’s and Western Grebes at Lake Mead, Phainopeplas at Organ Pipe Cactus, Lucy’s Warblers at Saguaro, Peregrine Falcons in Grand Canyon, Cave Swallows at Carlsbad Caverns, Magnificent Hummingbirds at Guadalupe Mountains, and Colima Warblers in Big Bend.

Birding the Southwestern National Parks is written for anyone visiting, planning to visit, or dreaming of visiting the Southwestern national parks.

The Southwestern Parks:

Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada and Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments, Arizona

Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona

Tonto National Monument, Arizona

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona

Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks, New Mexico and Texas

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas

Roland H. Wauer, a retired National Park Service employee, continues his work in the field as a naturalist, scientist, and resource specialist. He is the author of Birder's Mexico and Heralds of Spring in Texas.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Mr. Wauer’s writing style is clear, readable and appropriate to his audience. Overall, the manuscript is well organized, and the length is appropriate to the subject matter. This book by Mr. Wauer nicely fills a niche for the beginning birder, especially since it discusses national parks, where most campers and visitors are ready to try and understand what surrounds them, such as the bird life.”--Mark T. Adams, University of Texas

“Mr. Wauer’s writing style is clear, readable and appropriate to his audience. Overall, the manuscript is well organized, and the length is appropriate to the subject matter. This book by Mr. Wauer nicely fills a niche for the beginning birder, especially since it discusses national parks, where most campers and visitors are ready to try and understand what surrounds them, such as the bird life.” --Mark T. Adams, University of Texas

In Birding the Southwestern National Parks, naturalist Roland H. Wauer introduces readers to the pleasure of discovering the abundant bird life present in seventeen sites from California to Texas, from hugely popular destinations such as Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the little-known shores Amistad National Recreation Area.” --South Texas Traveler Magazine

“Ro Wauer make[s] me want to toss [her] new book in the glove box and start driving, looking for vanishing landscapes and the species that inhabit them.” --Victoria Advocate

Birding the Southwestern National Parks is an excellent adjunct to any birders repertoire. Take this book with you, along with your Petersons, and you’ll be ready to seek out the most prominent birds for each of your national parks reviewed.” --Southwest BookViews,

“I just read a book that makes me want to take a trip across the southwestern United States.” --The Desert-Mountain Times

“Novice birders and advanced birders would do well to add this book to their travel libraries before setting off for West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada or southern California.” --The Desert-Mountain Times

“Exceptionally well-written and that offered good information...” --The Desert-Mountain Times

Wauer is the perfect person to write a book like this.” --The Desert-Mountain Times

“Enthusiasts who plan to travel in the Southwestern United States, this book would be an excellent travel guide and bird handbook.” --Review of Texas Books

"Written by a birder for birders, this book introduces readers to some of the best birding north of the Mexican border, as well as some of the most impressive scenery anywhere. Wauer takes readers on a personal tour, pointing out where to go to see a vast array of each park's bird life... Birding the Southwestern National Parks is written for anyone visiting, planning to visit, or dreaming of visiting the soutwestern national parks." --Southeastern Naturalist

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