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The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast
By (author): Adrian Dorst
Adrian Dorst

Imprint:

On Point Press

ISBN:

9780774890113

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Flaps
Paperback , Flaps
English

Audience:

General Trade
Aug 15, 2022
$37.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 6 x 1.7 in | 840 gr

Page Count:

560 pages

Illustrations:

130 b&w photos, 1 map
UBC Press
On Point Press
NATURE / Animals / Birds
Canada
  • Short Description

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.
This regional guide to the 360 species of birds recorded on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island will inform, delight, and surprise amateur and professional birders alike.

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 “wild west coast” is also one of the most spectacular bird habitats in the world. Here one can observe multitudes of oceanic birds passing offshore, or venturing ashore to breed, and witness the countless avian migrants travelling north and south each year along the great Pacific Flyway.

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 Adrian Dorst 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 a period of more than four decades from his hometown of Tofino – an ideal location for monitoring the mass movement of migrating birds that navigate the westernmost edge of the continent. The rugged physical beauty of the west coast of Vancouver Island has long been a major attraction for visitors from all over the world. But its distinctive avian population has also made it a major bird-watching destination. This detailed and up-to-date account of the birds of this region will inform, delight, and surprise amateur and professional birders alike.

New in paperback!

This book presents a lifetime of work from an avid birder and birding guide. 

Adrian Dorst has been an avid birder for 62 years, working as a field ornithologist on numerous occasions over the past 45 years. He was a co-author of Birds of Pacific Rim National Park in 1978 and since then has added several new species to the provincial bird list. As a wilderness photographer and environmental activist he has explored much of the west coast of Vancouver Island and until recently worked as a birding guide out of Tofino. His bestselling book, Clayoquot on the Wild Side, was published in 1990.

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

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