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Book Review


The Prairie Naturalist, Vol. 51, Issue 2, December 2019, p 81


Copyright © 2019 The Great Plains Natural Science Society


Brian Wheeler’s new field guide, Birds of Prey of the East, is a well-researched, comprehensive field guide to birds of prey found in eastern Canada and United States. This 13- year labor of love reflects a life spent studying the nuances of North American birds of prey, as well as partnerships with fellow enthusiasts who provided detailed range maps and other valuable inputs. Birds of Prey of the East features 72 color plates of 27 species, including 14 plates for the Redtailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), which can be one of the most challenging species to identify in North America. This compact, sturdy guide can be dropped into a backpack or kept in a vehicle’s glove box and can be used by beginner to advanced birders.