New! STOKES GUIDE TO FINCHES OF NORTH AMERICA:
by Lillian Q. Stokes and Matthew A. Young:
The complete guide to North America’s finches, including a special section on Hawaiian Finches. A publishing first! Coming to you in 2023, published by Little, Brown and Company.
Birding is booming, and the legendary finch superflight of 2020-2021 made finches more popular than ever. From finch fanatics to fledgling finch fans, from goldfinches to crossbills, Stokes Guide to the Finches of North America finally gives birders and some of America’s favorite birds their due–a guide to all things finch!
This authoritative guide will include beautiful photos; detailed identification information on each finch species’ plumages, subspecies, and voice; the latest range maps; complete information on all aspects of the lives of North American finches; rare and vagrant species of finches; special section on Hawaiian finches, the honeycreepers, one of the most endangered groups of finches; the latest scientific studies; extensive information on finch irruptions, conservation, research, attracting finches and much more. Authoritative, fun, and accessible, this guide will appeal to novice through advanced birders and capture the spirit and personality of this amazing group of birds. Stay tuned for exciting updates!
Lillian Q. Stokes is an award-winning author and nature photographer who coauthored 35 Stokes Guides on birds and nature, including Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America, which have sold over 5 million copies. She was the host and producer of the first PBS national birding tv shows. Lillian was captivated by Red Crossbills which she studied during the legendary 2020-2021 finch superflight, and she was moved to tell their story and the story of their finch relatives. As a former psychiatric social worker, Lillian recognizes the wellness benefits of connecting people to nature and that has been a continuing goal of her work.
Matthew A. Young is a nationally recognized finch and Red Crossbill expert and founder and president of the Finch Research Network. Matt got hooked on Red Crossbills at Yellowstone Falls when Red Crossbills descended over him 26 years ago. He’s since written finch species accounts for breeding bird atlases and Birds of the World and has published several papers about the Red Crossbill vocal complex. He’s worked in the social work field with special needs adolescents for almost 10 years and worked at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology across 15+ years where he was an Audio Engineer on several audio guides and Merlin packs. Matt is a Cornell U. instructor and works in the social work field as a Care Manager where connecting people to nature continues to be a desired goal.