BCR 163: Rick Wright, Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows

Rick Wright, author of the American Birding Association’s field guides to birds of New Jersey and of Arizona, and of his latest book “Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America”. He leads birding and birds-and-art tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, A prolific contributor to the birding literature and is a sought-after lecturer, Rick lives with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert, in New Jersey.

Show Notes: 

  • How does this Sparrow book, labeled a reference book, differ from other field guides?
  • Best sparrow watching locations
  • Why does the sparrow book cover Mexico too but not beyond.
  • bird names and interactions with people
  • What sparrow has the most sub-species or variety?
  • Sparrow wannabes.
  • Any sparrows that may be candidates for lumping or splitting?
  • Your favorite birds are American tree sparrows and juncos. Why?
  • Cassiar Junco
  • Vent Birds and Art program

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