A former National Geographic staff member, CATHERINE HERBERT HOWELL has written more than a dozen books and contributed to dozens of others, including the landmark first edition of National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, now the best-selling birding guide in North America. She also authored National Geographic's Bird-watcher's Bible and Illustrated Guide to Wildlife. Howell lives in Arlington, Virginia, where she tends the native plants of her certified wildlife habitat and volunteers with the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. DR. JONATHAN BAILLIE is Chief Scientist of the National Geographic Society and Senior Vice President of grants, directing funding in the areas of science and exploration. Baillie was the director of conservation programs at the Zoological Society of London, where he was responsible for projects focusing on endangered species and their habitats in more than 50 countries. He is co-chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) National Red List Working Group and a visiting professor of zoology at the University of Oxford. A enthusiastic bird lover, Baillie does extensive fieldwork including monitoring rare endemic birds in the Gulf of Guinea.
The majority of pages present large, beautiful photographs and illustrations from the National Geographic archives spanning the last 130 years, by skilled artists and photographers...This impressive offering is as much a work of art as it is a book on ornithology. This celebration of the beauty of birds and their importance to humankind and the world is highly recommended for lovers of birds, nature, and art. -Library Journal There has always been a thing, a distinctive way of photographic illustration, called the Geographic eye, and it is well evident in this gorgeous book...It's what the book calls street photography of the wild side, as opposed to mere bird eye candy...There is though, something distinctive and special about National Geographic photography that makes this volume a treasure. -10.000birds The pictures were stunning and I learned a lot, despite being able to page through it pretty quickly. I'd highly recommend it as a gift for the birder or photographer in your life. I enjoyed this immensely. -Doingdeweydecimal.com