Texas Waterfowl
Wildlife
5.75 x 8.5, 192 pp.
63 color photos. 38 maps. Index. Bib.
Pub Date: 01/15/2013
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $25.00

978-1-60344-807-9
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Texas Waterfowl

William P. Johnson and Mark W. Lockwood

In this beautifully illustrated guide, two practicing wildlife biologists describe the life histories of forty-five species of ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Texas. For common species and those that breed in the state, each account begins with an interesting fact (such as, “Red-breasted Mergansers have been clocked at over 80 mph, the fastest recorded flight speed for a duck . . .”) and provides information on Texas distribution and harvest, population status, diet, range and habitats, reproduction, and appearance.

Exquisite photographs, informative distribution maps, and a helpful source list accompany the species descriptions, and the book offers a glossary and full bibliography for those who want to explore the literature further.

With the degradation and disappearance of the inland and coastal habitats that these birds depend upon, the natural history of these waterfowl species provides a vital reminder of the interconnectedness and crucial importance of all wetlands.

Birders, biologists, landowners, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and all those interested in the health and preservation of our coastal and inland wetland resources will enjoy and learn from this book.

WILLIAM P. JOHNSON is a professional waterfowl and wetland biologist actively involved in research, habitat management, and wetland restoration on the Texas Upper Coast and in the Texas Panhandle. He has studied and written on the habits and habitats of waterfowl and wetland birds in the US and Canada. He lives in Canyon, Texas. MARK W. LOCKWOOD, based in Alpine, is a conservation biologist in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is the recipient of the prestigious Ludlow Griscom Award from the American Birding Association and coauthor (with Brush Freeman) of The TOS Handbook of Texas Birds (Texas A&M University Press, 2004).

What Readers Are Saying:

" . . . beautifull illustrated guide . . . exquisite photographs, informative distribution maps, and a helpful source list accompany the species descriptions . . . the book offers a glossary and full bibliography for those who want to explore the literature further . . . Birders, biologists, landowners, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and all those interested in the health and preservation of our coastal and inland wetland resources will enjoy and learn from this book."--The Birdbooker Report


“This is an absolutely terrific book. Any birder interested in waterfowl: ducks, geese & swans, would be well satisfied having this book in their personal library. You do not have to be a Texan, nor someone planning a trip to Texas to benefit from possessing this book. Even though this book has beautiful photos of each species, this is far more than a field guide. This is an informational book. The data is not limited to Texas, but follows the birds to their nesting areas, regardless where that may be. The authors filled the book with interesting facts about each bird which makes this book stand out from traditional field guides.”—Lake Region Audubon Society newsletter

“In this beautifully illustrated guide, two practicing wildlife biologists describe the life histories of forty-five species of ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Texas. Exquisite photographs, informative distribution maps, and a helpful source list accompany the species descriptions, and the book offers a glossary and full bibliography for those who want to explore the literature further. With the degradation and disappearance of the inland and coastal habitats that these birds depend upon, the natural history of these waterfowl species provides a vital reminder of the interconnectedness and crucial importance of all wetlands. Birders, biologists, landowners, hunters, outdoor enthusiast, and all those interested in the health and preservation of our coastal and inland wetland resources will enjoy and learn from this book.”—Southeastern Naturalist

"Waterfowl biologists William P. Johnson and Mark W. Lockwood have assembled a strikingly illustrated duck and goose guidebook with Texas Waterfowl . . . a handy reference book about ducks, regardless of whether you hail from the Lone Star State.”--Waterfowl Magazine


"Texas Waterfowl is a handy reference book about ducks, regardless of whether you hail from the Lone Star State."--Delta Waterfowl

"The amount of information truly astonishes. Fascinating details emerge... [and] each listed breed comes with a rich full-color photograph... At its heart, Texas Waterfowl is a labor of love. The references section acknowledges the vast amount of sourcework that went into the book's production , and is an invaluable resource in biology, ecology, environmental concerns, wildlife management, as well as state and government cooperation in population studies.... It inspires to think of all the hours that citizens spent making observations over the years that make the resources for a book like this. We should be thankful to them, and the diligence of the authors, as our lives are enriched by works of this kind." -- William Huggins

"This book takes you into the lives of waterfowl... [and] an excellent map is included for each species... This is an easy book to read... and the index is well put together, making it very easy to find individual species. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much. I found it very educational and quite entertaining... I wish I had this book years ago. It has added to my knowledge of waterfowl and made me more aware of the challenges some species face. I came away with a deeper appreciation. I believe it will make a good addition to the library of birders, or anyone else with an interest in waterfowl." -- Sheridan Coffey

“The authors provide such a complete compendium that this volume will be the go-to source of information for many years.”—Great Plains Research, May 2015

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