The first real-life approach to bird identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide(published by Princeton University Press) will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.
I am almost constantly asked why I designed The Crossley ID Guide the way I did – it is different to any other book on many levels. More importantly does this design help you or not?
Scientists and educators have scrutinized the way we learn – some of the best experts in the world have looked at this in depth. Below are some of the findings on the way that we learn and the way in which ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ follows these principles.[...]Read more
Gary Clark is an award-winning, syndicated writer for the “Houston Chronicle”.
“The book — which covers birds occurring east of the Rockies, commonly called Eastern birds — pushes the boundaries of bird identification guides. As a professional educator, I can’t think of a better guide to teach bird identification, because it draws you into an interaction with bird scenes, as you would experience in the field.”
“Richard has not only gone outside the box, he has created an entirely new box. He chose to march to a different beat, and offers this novel approach of showing various views of birds in their environment. This should help interested birders learn what to expect and more importantly help them relate to what they actually observe, and this should apply to all, no matter whatever level of prior experience.”
“What’s so different about the Crossley ID Guide? Everything. Crossley has designed his guide to reflect the way we see and identify birds. We identify birds by their size, shape, structure, behavior, habitat, and field marks. We [see] birds at close range, at middle and long distances, on the ground, in flight, in trees, and on the water….If you want to be a better birder you will find the new Crossley ID Guide to be [a] major innovation and a valuable tool.”