Learn a New Way to ID Birds
We'll take a helpful step forward in bird identification at our Three Rivers Birding Club
meeting on Wednesday, August 5, with a program sponsored for us by the Audubon Society of
Kevin Karlson, an acclaimed author and expert birder, will discuss identification tips that
he and his wife, Dale Rosselet, suggest in their important new book Birding by Impression:
A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds. It was published by Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt as part of the Peterson Reference Guide series.
The meeting will be held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors
open at 6:30 PM for socializing, a business meeting begins at 7:30, and the program starts
The authors' approach to identification concentrates on basic impressions of size, body
shape, structural features such as bills, legs, motion, and behavior. The goal is to form an
accurate first impression that will progress toward a correct ID.
Kevin will describe the method in a multi-media presentation that includes videos and music.
"Rather than a traditional field guide, this book presents an interactive how-to approach
to a more complete identification process," he says.
He is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader, and wildlife photographer and has
published many important bird and nature related articles for magazines, books, and journals
over the past 20 years. These include, as coauthor, one of the most highly regarded and
comprehensive field guides of the past decade: The Shorebird Guide.
Kevin's other credits are diverse. He served as head ornithologist, photo researcher, and
submitter of nearly 800 photos for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Guide to Birds of North
America CD-ROM; contributed chapters to Good Birders Don't Wear White and Fifty Places to Go
Birding Before You Die by Chris Santella; provided 170 photos for the North American Bird
Reference Book CD-ROM, and was photographic editor for The Birds of New Jersey.
He spent the summers of 1992-95 as a wildlife biologist in the Alaskan Arctic conducting
research focusing on birds in that fragile habitat. Some of his photos taken during those
studies were published as a 1999 calendar titled Birds of the Arctic Tundra.
See a large collection of Kevin's pictures on his website kevintkarlson.com.
He and Dale live in Cape May, New Jersey.