Date: 11/1/17 5:56 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hoffman Bird Club - Birds of Berkshire County
Thanks to Marion Larson of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries &
Wildlife for this information.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA


New Book Release on Birds of Berkshire County


PITTSFIELD, MA – The Hoffmann Bird Club of Berkshire County announces
the publication of its new book, /An Annotated List of the Birds of
Berkshire County, Massachusetts/.   This is the first publication of the
local bird club, which was published in September 2017.  The book
consists of descriptions and historical records for every known bird
ever recorded in Berkshire County, and includes a history of the club,
and its namesake, Ralph Hoffmann.

The book contains 3 main sections.  The first and largest section is the
life’s work of former Berkshire County Naturalist, Dave St. James, who
studied, recorded and catalogued Berkshire’s avian life for his entire
lifetime. He also drew on all know historical sources.  The second
section deals with the history of the Hoffmann Bird Club, the
Berkshire’s premier ornithological society, founded in 1940.  And
thirdly, a history of Ralph Hoffmann is included.  Ralph Hoffmann was
born in Stockbridge in 1870. He was a prominent American ornithologist
and botanist.  The Environmental Center at Berkshire Community College
is also named for him.

The book is not a guide book, but a catalogue of our local birds and
their sightings through history.   The book consists of 160 pages, and
has 2 indexes, one for common bird names, and one index for the
scientific names.  This book is sure to be an invaluable companion and
resource to anyone interested in the bird life of our region.

At this time, the /An Annotated List of the Birds of Berkshire County,
Massachusetts/ can purchased at the following locations:

Wild Birds Country Store, Great Barrington, MA

The Book Loft, Great Barrington, MA

Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA

The Book Store, Lenox, MA

Berkshire Museum’s Gift Shop, Pittsfield, MA

The Williams Bookstore, Williamstown, MA

Petersburgh Library, Petersburgh, NY

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