More than a field guide, a book describing the natural and cultural history of the City of Berkeley through the lens of urban birds. 

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Advanced Praise

Birds of Berkeley is more than an identification guide. It takes us beyond the who’s who to why we care. Learn how to think about birds in a way that will deepen your love of feathered things.” 

—  John Muir Laws, author of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

“Imagine a Berkeley boy-hatchling, raised by birds, grows up to write about his favorite feathered friends in the neighborhood. That’s pretty much the essence of this charming volume by local Oliver James.”

Cindy Margulis, executive director, Golden Gate Audubon Society

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  • Hardcover (5.5 x 8.5), 80 pages
  • 25 species accounts in full-color illustration
  • Overview of field marks and vocalizations for positive identification; and 
  •  A unique discussion of science, history, and culture that animates each species in context

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