Illustrators: John Sill with Barry Van Dusen and David Allen Sibley
Publisher: Scott & Nix, Inc.
“It’s hard to overstate what a treasure-trove theMassachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2 represents. From its fascinating history on each species of breeding bird, to the often dramatic changes in distribution since the 1970s, this work sets a new standard for such atlases. It's a rich, informative and incredibly interesting resource for anyone…made all the better by John Sill’s gorgeous illustrations.”
—Scott Weidensaul, author of The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early Americaand Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding
The Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2 is a product of five years of fieldwork by hundreds of citizen scientists. The result is a richly illustrated collection of essays, detailed maps, and data that defines the status of more than 200 breeding bird species that fill the Commonwealth with color and song. Giving voice to the stories and challenges of the birds that nest in Massachusetts, this work gives us a rare glimpse into the detailed changes of our birdlife over the last 40 years. It is an approachable and lively treatment of the population trends of our breeding birds, especially important in this time of rapidly changing climate. This is a treasure trove of information for the future of bird conservation in Massachusetts and beyond.