Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Must-Buy for Midwest Birders: Ken Brock's "Birds of Indiana" on CD

If you are a birder and you live in the Midwest, you must pick up Ken Brock's new CD. We haven't seen it yet, but based on Ken's past work, it will be excellent. Here's the info, with a link to buy:

The Amos W. Butler Audubon Society (AWBAS) is pleased to announce publication of Brock's Birds of Indiana.
This fabulous CD is available now. Please click here to order -- $20 + $2 s/h.
Brock's Birds of Indiana is a treatise of information encompassing all 409 species of birds known to have occurred in Indiana. We predict that it will be the publication to which all future state bird books are compared. Each species account contains a histogram and summary of historical occurrence, details on status and distribution in Indiana (including early/late dates and maximum counts), and a discussion of population trends.
Examples: Cooper's Hawk, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow.John Cassady, one of Indiana's finest bird photographers, provided excellent photographs that add to the already attractive layout of Brock's work.Because of the extreme depth of coverage afforded each species, Brock's Birds of Indiana is being published in an electronic (CD-ROM) format.
If printed and bound, the text would total nearly 1,000 pages. Dr. Kenneth Brock, retired Professor of Geology and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, has assiduously studied and documented Indiana's avifauna since 1970. His broad knowledge and extensive technical expertise is well known.
In 1986 he published Birds of the Indiana Dunes, which immediately became a "must have" publication for those interested in the avifauna of such famous Indiana birding sites as the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan City Harbor, and the migrant traps of the Calumet Region. He is a dedicated birder and a current member of the Indiana Bird Records Committee.
AWBAS is acknowledging the significance of Brock's publication by supporting its production and distribution. By underwriting the project and providing critical support for production costs, AWBAS hopes to ensure that Brock's Birds of Indiana is accessible to all bird enthusiasts.
The AWBAS portion of any proceeds will help fund AWBAS outreach and conservation efforts; hence the purchase of Brock's Birds of Indiana affords birders an opportunity to acquire an authoritative text while helping to preserve Indiana's birds and their habitats.

To order a copy of Brock's Birds of Indiana,please click here

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