|8th edition (2011), 7th edition (2007), and 4th edition (1995)|
The new edition contains directions and birding information to over 150 birding locations, including 15 new ones. My favorite features, the annotated list of species and the seasonal bar graphs, have also been updated. They reveal the status, distribution, abundance, and habitat preferences to the 514 species recorded in the region.
The bar graphs have definitely helped me become a better birder. One example of this occurred earlier this month. I knew that if I was lucky, I might find a rare Clay-colored Sparrow with other Spizella sparrows in late summer/early fall. After a month of searching my neighborhood patch, I found one in a flock of Chipping Sparrows! If I hadn't known what to look for, I might have overlooked it.
This book is a must-have if you live in Arizona or plan on birding here soon. Get your copy from Tucson Audubon's online nature shop.
Special thanks to the Tucson Audubon Society for providing me with a review copy of their awesome book!