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