"The definitive book on the ornithology of western Alaska." Polar Record
Birders interested in Alaskan ornithology will find Birds of the Seward Peninsula indispensable. Audubon Naturalist Society
"The definitive work on birds of the Seward Peninsula . . . an excellent reference [for] the libraries of ornithologists, wildlife managers, environmental consultants and serious birdwatchers." The Canadian Field-Naturalist
Now a classic in the literature on Alaska birds, Brina Kessel's Birds of the Seward Peninsula remains the premier resource for birders, naturalists, and ornithologists exploring western Alaska. Packed with details on habitat, distribution, feeding and nesting habits, this volume is a must-have for anyone interested in Alaska birds.
Drawing on decades of observation, Kessel discusses each resident, migrant, and breeding bird species in detail. Rare and accidental species from Eurasia are also included, so birders will be ready for the unexpected. A comprehensive chapter on avian habitats guides readers through the diverse ecology of the Seward Peninsula, while a chapter on climate and geology will enhance understanding of how birds survive on this remote peninsula.
Bird watchers, ornithologists, and wildlife managers will find in this volume virtually all the information available about Seward Peninsula birds--from rare visitants to overwinterers and regular summer residents. It is packed with details of distribution and abundance, habitats, nesting and feeding habits, and more, both for birds common to our continent and those that come from Asia.
Author Brina Kessel has combined her field notes from many years of observation on the Seward Peninsula with those of her colleagues and fellow bird watchers, adding data from the literature to create an original and significant contribution to our knowledge of an important segment of the avifauna of North America. She is curator emerita of ornithology at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. She is a fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Arctic Institute of North America. Kessel's books include Birds of the North Gulf Coast, Prince William Sound Region and Habitat Characteristics of Some Passerine Birds. The author of numerous articles and bird checklists, Brina Kessel lives in Fairbanks, where she continues to observe and write about Alaska's bird life.