Today, executive editor and science and reference group publisher Robert Kirk announced the acquisition of The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds by prominent photographer and birder Richard Crossley.
Featuring unique, layered images of birds in real life contexts, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds creates the truest representation of the field experience; birds appear in their natural settings, behaviors are documented, and more specimens of differing age ranges and sexes are included on each page to ease in identification. This is quite simply the next generation of field guides and will transform the way we look at birds. (For a preview of the book’s images, please visit http://crossleybirds.com.)
“The word ‘revolution’ is overused and consistently devalued; but when the history of nature guide publishing is written, the publication of The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds will surely be recognized as a turning point, a true revolution in the depiction of birds that ushered in the modern era in field guides,” said Kirk.
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds is the brain-child of Richard Crossley, a passionate innovator and popularizer of birding. Birding since the age of 7, Crossley is the co-author of The Shorebird Guide and obtained his Green Card for being internationally recognized as an Individual of Exceptional Ability – in Ornithology. Crossley is also a skilled photographer and captured nearly all 8,000 images used in The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds.
When asked about his decision to publish with Princeton University Press, Crossley cited the Press’s success in publishing top-notch landmark field guides to North America and the world.
“Princeton University Press has a shared vision of the future of birding, the outdoors and how books can play a substantial role in promoting these ” noted Crossley. “I am thrilled to publish with them.”
Press Director Peter Dougherty also praised the acquisition of this book, “We are excited – and delighted – to be the publisher of this ground-breaking work.”
The anticipated publication date for The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds is February 2011.