North American Waterfowl
Migration of Birds, Circular 16. Frederick C. Lincoln. Revised 1998.
Frederick C. Lincoln’s “Migration of Birds” was published in 1935. Lincoln’s writing style effectively communicated the wonders of bird migration to a wide audience, both young and old, experienced observers of birds as well as the simply curious. Demand for the book was so great that it was revised in 1950 and soon was out of print again. In this current revision by John Zimmerman, large sections of the text have remained unchanged from the previous revision or only slightly modified to make the discussion compatible with current understanding of birds.
Available online at http://library.fws.gov/Circulars/Mig_of_Birds_16_98.pdf or by calling 1-800-344-WILD.
For the Birds, 2001. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A guide to backyard bird feeding with tips on feeder types and placement; food selection; keeping pests out of feeders; and building your own backyard bird feeders and boxes. "For the Birds" can be downloaded from the internet.
Available online at: http://library.fws.gov/Pubs/for_the_birds01.pdf, or by calling 1-800-344-WILD.
Ducks at a Distance: A Waterfowl Identification Guide. Robert Hines. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/U.S. Geological Survey.
Identifying waterfowl gives many hours of enjoyment to millions of people. This guide will help you recognize birds on the wing - it emphasizes their fall and winter plumage patterns as well as size, shape, and flight characteristics. Recognizing the species of ducks and geese can be rewarding to birdwatchers and hunters - and the ducks.
Available online at http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/duckdist/index.htm. The original publication is out of print but local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office may have leftover copies. Go to http://www.fws.gov/offices to find an FWS office close to you.
A Blueprint for the Future of Migratory Birds: Migratory Bird Program Strategic Plan 2004-2014. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This “blueprint” reflects the collective wisdom of many people and groups that care deeply about birds and their habitats. The Migratory Bird Program will use this strategic plan as a guidepost for future funding and policy decisions; however, this plan is both dynamic and evolutionary. We will revise it periodically, with input from our partners, to reflect lessons learned from both our successes and our failures. In addition, we will hold ourselves accountable for results that will add up to a better future for migratory birds and their habitats throughout the hemisphere and beyond.
Available online at http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/AboutUS/mbstratplan/MBStratPlanTOC.html or by calling 703-358-2405.
The Federal Duck Stamp 75th Anniversary Field Guide. 2008. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Featuring images of the 75 Federal Duck Stamp produced between Ding Darling’s first stamp in 1934 and the 75th Federal Duck Stamp, chosen in October 2007.
Available online at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/Products/Federal%20Duck%20Stamp%20Field%20Guide%20Final.pdf or by calling 1-800-344-WILD.
State of the Birds 2009.
Birds are a priceless part of America’s heritage. They are beautiful, they are economically important—and they reflect the health of our environment. This report reveals troubling declines of bird populations during the past 40 years—a warning signal of the failing health of our ecosystems. At the same time, we see heartening evidence that strategic land management and conservation action can reverse declines of birds. This report calls attention to the collective efforts needed to protect nature’s resources for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Available online at http://www.stateofthebirds.org/pdf_files/State_of_the_Birds_2009.pdf or by calling 703-358-2325.