Friday, October 9, 2009

Everything you wanted to know, still only $5

As fall migration winds down, people often want to know things like, "Shouldn't I be seeing juncos by now?" or "Is this a late date for Chimney Swift?" If you live in southeast Michigan, The Birds of Dearborn can answer those questions. Compiled from over 65,000 bird records spanning over 30 years, it gives details on the 250+ species seen in the city of Dearborn. For all the regularly-occurring non-resident species, it provides early and late arrival and departure dates for each season, and "average" dates for many species. There is a ton of other information in the book, too. Although specific to Dearborn, it is extremely useful for the entire region for the dozens and dozens of species that are common to urban, suburban, and forested areas.

Because RRBO runs on a very lean budget funded strictly by grants and donations, we cannot afford to carry an inventory of books (or any other product). That's why I went with for this edition of the book, published in 2007. Lulu is a print-on-demand publisher. You can buy a paperback of the book for $10, or download a PDF copy immediately for only $5. I see that the both options are no longer obviously available on the same page, so here are the links again:

  • As a paperback from Lulu, $9.96 plus shipping.
  • As an immediate PDF download from Lulu, $5.
  • You can request a special order from your local bookstore. It's a "real" book (ISBN 978-1-4303-2942-8) that will be listed in their wholesale catalogs. Price will vary.
Purchasing the book not only gives you a lot of local bird information at your fingertips, but also shows the University that the community is engaged and interested in this information and supports the role of RRBO in providing it.

I can't tell you now important this is. Actually, in an upcoming post I'll try. We are gearing up for our annual fall campaign which will be one of our most imporant in years. I'll tell you why in the next week or so.

1 comment:

Sally Scheer said...

I got mine from Lulu and treasure it. I make fewer mistakes on ID if I consult Julie's book for what's really likely/possible at any given time of the year.