Among all of its natural beauty, the Adirondack region is known for its unique array of birdlife. But it takes a special eye to know where the birding is at its best in the Adirondack region. That’s where Hobart Alumnus and Bird Expert John M.C. Peterson ’64 comes in. Peterson – Adirondack Champlain editor of The Kingbird (journal of New York State Ornithological Association) – lends his expertise as co-author of “Adirondack Birding: 60 Great Places to Find Birds” by Lost Pond Press.
“The Adirondack Park’s lakes, mountains, bogs and forests provide habitat for a diversity of birds, including boreal species (usually associated with Canada) and uncommon migrants and winter visitors,” Lost Pond Press explained on its website. “Authors John M. C. Peterson and Gary N. Lee, two of the Park’s most skilled birders, drew on decades of experience in selecting more than 60 sites for finding the most-coveted species. Jeff Nadler contributed 46 color photographs of wild birds.”
The book also contains dozens of black-and-white photos of birds and landscapes. Other features include a history of Adirondack birding, tips on finding boreal species, and an Index of Birds. With maps and detailed directions.
Full of unique photographs and bird’s eye perspectives on the winged creatures, “Adirondack Birding” has been called by John Thaxton, “Birdwatch” columnist for the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine, “The indispensable guide to birding in the Adirondacks by two of the best birders around. Beautifully designed and illustrated. Bravo!”
As a student at Hobart College, Peterson was an English major and a member of the Phi Beta Tau fraternity. After his time in Geneva, he went on to serve as an Air Force officer. Peterson continued his education, doing graduate work at the universities of Vermont and Rochester before becoming a professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology.