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Our books provide specific insight into hundreds of different birds that beginners and avid bird watchers alike can enjoy. We are different from most field guides because we contract with regional authors and photographers.

Birding is a hobby enjoyed by millions of people in the United States and our books fill a niche for those customers that want a guide that is pocket sized, easy to use with outstanding photos that depict alternate plumages and packed with information such as Similar Species, Status, Behavior and Voice. Our books are updated on a continual basis and reflect the dynamic changes in the study of birds.



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Table of Contents



  • Map of Western Washington
  • Common Local Birds
  • Introduction
  • Identifying Birds
  • Attractive Birds to Your Yard
  • Observing Birds
  • Bird Habitats of Western Washington
  • Conservation
  • Helpful Resources
  • Species Accounts
  • Acknowledgements, Photographer Credits
  • Index/Checklist of Birds
  • About the Authors
  • Short Index to Species



This comprehensive, 456 page, pocket sized field guide has been expanded to cover all of western Washington. More than 270 bird pages, include voice description, behavior, along with seasonal notations and most likely locations for sightings. Over 400 vivid photographs provide visual assistance in identifying birds in breeding and often in alternate plumages for this region. Information is presented in an easy to read format allowing avid and beginner bird watchers alike to enjoy birding. The new author, Dennis Paulson, has updated all species accounts from the 1st edition written by Bob Morse, Tom Aversa and Hal Opperman.



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Table of Contents



  • Map of Northern California
  • Quick Guide to Local Birds
  • Common Local Birds
  • Introduction
  • Identifying Birds
  • Observing Local Birds
  • Map of Habitats
  • Habitats Descriptions
  • Helpful Resources
  • Species Accounts
  • Acknowledgements, Photographer Credits
  • Index/Checklist of Birds
  • About the Authors
  • Short Index to Species



This comprehensive, 510 page, pocket sized field guide presents over 400 species, including their voice description, behavior, along with seasonal notations and most likely locations that sightings might occur. Over 600 vivid photographs provide visual assistance in identifying birds in breeding and often in alternate plumages for this region. Information is presented in an easy to read format allowing avid and beginner bird watchers alike to enjoy birding. The authors, California locals, add details that can only come from personal birding expeditions in northern California.

Our Collection

By Dennis Paulson, Bob Morse, Tom Aversa, and Hal Opperman
By Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa and Hal Opperman
By David E. Quady, Jon L. Dunn, Kimball L. Garrett and Brian E. Small
By Kimball L. Garrett, Jon L. Dunn and Brian E. Small
By Richard Cachor Taylor
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Meet The Authors of
Birds of the Puget Sound Region Coast to Cascades

Dennis Paulson

Dennis Paulson now retired from the Directorship of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound, Dennis is the author of nine natural-history books, including Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest and Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide. He has studied and taught about the natural history of Washington since 1967. He is a founding member of the Washington Ornithological Society and the primary instructor for Seattle Audubon Society's Master Birders program.

Bob Morse

Bob Morse has seen over 850 species of birds in the United States, 438 species in Washington State, and has written/published twelve bird books. With Christina Morse, they operate the R.W. Morse Company which publishes and sells regional bird guides.

Tom Aversa

Tom Aversa Co-author of four books on Pacific Northwest birds, studied birds while specializing in raptors at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and served on the Washington Bird Records Committee. Major interests include behavior, status, distribution and comparison of racial variation in wide-ranging species. Tom re-located to Maine in 2010 with his wife Cheryl where he teaches about wildlife and captive wildlife care as an adjunct instructor at Unity College. Other strong interests include music, film, and conservation of the natural world.

Hal Opperman

Hal Opperman has written, edited, and contributed to numerous publications and online resources on birds and birding in the Pacific Northwest. A native of Illinois, he completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Knox College and field stations in Colorado and Montana and holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Chicago. He moved to Seattle to join the University of Washington faculty in 1967. His research and teaching focus on representations of animals and nature in art.



Meet The Authors of
Birds of Northern California

David E. Quady

Dave Quady has birded extensively throughout northern California since the 1970's. He wrote the owls section of National Geographic Society's Complete Birds of North America, and he teaches owl classes and leads field trips for Golden Gate Audubon Society. Dave and his family reside in Berkeley. He is President of Western Field Ornithologists.

Jon L. Dunn

Jon Dunn has led tours for WINGS since 1977. He is co-author of the National Geographic Society's Field Guide to the Birds of North America. He was co-author with Kimball Garrett Birds of Southern California: Status and Distribution. Peterson Field guide to Warblers, Birds of the Los Angeles Region, and Birds of Southern California. Jon is a member of the American Ornithologists Union Committee on Classification and Nomenclature, has served for 27 years on the California Bird Records Committee, and served for many years on the American Birding Association Checklist Committee.

Kimball L. Garrett

Kimball Garrett has, since 1982, been the Ornithology Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He is past-President of Western Field Ornithologists, a long time member of the California Bird Records Committee, and co-editor of the Southern California regional Reports for North American Birds. He was co-author with Jon Dunn of Birds of Southern California: Status and Distribution, Peterson Field Guide to Warblers, Birds of the Los Angeles Region, and Birds of Southern California.

Brian E. Small

Brian is a professional wildlife photographer and co-author of three photographic field guides, Birds of Eastern North America, Birds of Western North America, and Birds of Southern California. He is co-author of a bird identification column in BirdWatching. Thousands of his images are featured in books, magazines, calendars, websites and smartphone apps. Over 450 of his fine photographs appear in Birds of Northern California.

Robert W Morse, B.A.
Brown University, Providence, R.I.

Bob's life long interest in birds and bird watching led him to found the company in 1978. He has seen over 850 species of birds in the United States, including 438 in Washington State. He has birded throughout Washington since 1960, and was founder of the Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival, past member of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, and longtime member of three Audubon chapters.

The R.W. Morse Company is owned and operated by Bob and Christina Morse. Their life long interest in birds and bird watching led the company to write and publish books about birds.

Christina Duchesne Morse, M.Ed.
University of Washington, Tacoma, WA.

Former naturalist (Yellowstone and Everglades National Parks) and retired high school biology teacher, Christina has birded around the United States for many decades. She and Bob live in Olympia, Washington where they own and operate the R.W. Morse Company.

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Helpful Information

One of the best ways to see new birds is to join your local National Audubon Society chapter and/or explore the many nature walks offered on your public lands such as national parks and wildlife refuges, state parks and nature centers. As an active participant (perhaps to a new area), you will learn how to identify new birds and meet people whom share a common interest. These field trip leaders are eager to answer your bird questions. We have listed some websites that we have found helpful for our birding adventures.



American Birding Association

www.birding.aba.org

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

www.birds.cornell.edu

National Audubon Society

www.audubon.org

Wild Birds Unlimited

www.wbu.com

Book Reviews:

Excerpts from Joan Carson’s review as appeared in the July3, 2016 The News Tribune and The Olympian

The most asked questions this column receives…“What is a good local bird book?” My answer: A new book, “Birds of the Puget Sound Region – Coast to Cascades,” is great. This new edition expands what was originally an excellent field guide (in the Puget Sound Region) to the birds in Western Washington. There are over sixty additional species in this new edition. Each species, in addition to a color photograph, has a written description on the page opposite the photograph. The information provided covers details of the bird’s appearance and any similar species it may be mistaken for.

This guide, like its predecessor, includes a question (and the answer) about each bird. For example: “Did you know? Great horned owls are powerful, fearless hunters. They have been recorded killing and eating animals as large as great blue herons and skunks.” This feature is sure to be popular with young and mature birders equally. Other changes that make this book attractive include the map on the inside front cover. It unfolds and is larger than what was in the first edition. The additional “flap” that allows this makes a good page marker.

At a trim 4 x 6 size, this guide easily fits in a pocket, pack or purse and makes a great companion wherever you travel and bird.

BIRDS OF THE PUGET SOUND REGION – Coast to Cascades
Russ Steele, Seattle Audubon Nature Shop Manager May 16, 2016

This new edition of Birds of the Puget Sound Region will certainly continue to be a best-seller thanks to its updated images and addition of Dennis Paulson as a contributor. Its handy size, clearly and accurately written text and quick guide indexing makes it accessible and useful to experienced birders and those simply wanting to start identifying the birds in their backyard.

BIRDS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Bob Lewis, Golden Gate Audubon Society Board (GGAS), Master Birder, Photographer

Excerpts from Bob's blog review from GGAS November 2, 2015

This is a photographic guide...each species is carefully described, with important field marks emboldened. There are comments regarding voice, behavior, similar species and location found. Occasionally there's an interesting "Did you know" paragraph offering some special bit of knowledge. The book has a small section on habitats and a checklist to keep track of sightings. The photographs are sharp and generally posed in a slight angle toward the reader, ideal for showing off as many field marks as possible. Many species are illustrated in several plumages: male and female, basic and alternate, immature and adult.

I'd recommend this book for the beginning and intermediate birder. It will help you separate similar species, remind you of field marks and voice, and will tell you where to go to find a desired species, and when it might be in Northern California. It includes over 99 percent of the birds you'll see on a typical birding trip in Northern California, and it easily slides into your pocket.

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