Deep in the expanse of the Great Basin desert, in one of the warmest and driest basins in northern Nevada, lies a wetland oasis that is home to more than 290 species of resident and migratory birds. The Lahontan Valley wetlands, including Stillwater Marsh and Carson Lake, contain the remnants of a Pleistocene lake that once covered much of western and northern Nevada. Birds of the Lahontan Valleyis a major contribution to the study of natural history in the Great Basin. Authors Graham Chisholm and Larry A. Neel provide a comprehensive discussion of the geologic history of the area; the intricate relationships between climate, soil, vegetation, and local fauna; and the impact of humankind, from the ancient Paiute people to the farmers and ranchers of today. The book's greatest significance, however, lies in its detailed account of the bird species sighted in the Lahontan Valley. Enhanced by 56 line drawings by ornithological artist Mimi Hoppe Wolf, maps, color photographs of habitats and their related bird species, and directions to bird-viewing sites, this work is an essential resource for birders, naturalists, conservationists, and anyone interested in the outdoors.
" . . . this is a handsome and useful book, a model for regional bird studies." -Faultline
"If you bird the Great Basin, or are contemplating doing so in the future, you should own Birds of the Lahontan Valley. Well-written, informative, and authoritative, it is a book you will consult time and again as you explore the area's surprising wetlands." -Western Birds
"For bird-watching residents of the state, this book is a must. It is also indispensable for visitors and collectors of distributional information. It is seductive as well. If you are one of those bird watchers who has always thought of Nevada as the state you cross quickly going to or from California, it is likely to cause you to detour.” -Bird Watcher's Digest