Imprint:On Point Press
Dimensions:9in x 6 x 1.7 in | 840 gr
Page Count:560 pages
Illustrations:130 b&w photos, 1 map
The west coast region of Vancouver Island encompasses mountainous terrain, rainforest, mudflats, and ragged coastlines that bear the brunt of storms spawned by an immense ocean. Remote and inaccessible until well into the twentieth century, the rugged beauty of the “wild west coast,” attracts visitors from far and wide. And it also boasts a distinctive avian population that has made it one of Canada's premier bird-watching destinations.The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast is the essential guide to the region’s birds. It presents accounts of all of the species thus far recorded as occurring there – 360 in total – and updates the 231 species recorded up to 1978. Each account includes a brief introduction to the species and an overview of its total range. Key to the book’s detailed and authoritative accounts are first-hand observations and anecdotes recorded by the author over more than forty years. By far the most detailed and up-to-date account of the birds of this region, this book will inform, delight, and surprise amateur and professional birders alike.
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This book presents a lifetime of work from an avid birder and birding guide.
Drawing from four and a half decades of birding notes, Adrian Dorst has extrapolated from his experiences to describe the life histories of 360 species of birds that have been observed along the west coast of Vancouver Island. This well-researched volume will become the definitive reference for an area known for its world populations of nesting seabirds, major migration corridors, fascinating species’ life histories, and reputation for vagrant species. It will appeal to a diverse group, from conservationists to birdwatchers, because it is comprehensive and topical. - R. Wayne Campbell, senior author, The Birds of British Columbia (1990-2001)
Adrian Dorst is Tofino’s birding expert and with the release of his newest book, The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast, he has cemented that title in place ... [This book] is a fantastic resource for photographers, birders and tourism guides alike. - Marcie Callewaert, Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
In The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast, Dorst makes his profoundly hard-earned knowledge gleaned over decades instantly available to anyone inclined to learn more. Accessible to casual birdwatchers on a weekend excursion to Tofino, and yet at 560 pages loaded with material of interest to the most hardcore birder, this book has much to offer.- Caroline Fox, author of At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast, BC Booklook