Date: 8/28/19 7:24 pm From: Aly Ollivierre <akdegraff...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Vermont Author Publishes New Bird Book for Eastern Caribbean Archipelago
Back in 2014 my fundraiser to assist with research costs for a bird guide I was co-authoring made its rounds on this listserv and a number of lovely birders donated, so I wanted to provide an update to everyone!
My co-author, Juliana Coffey, and I have finally published our avian field guide, *Birds of the Transboundary Grenadines* (https://grenadinesbirds.com/), after almost 8 years of hard work!! Our goal for this project was to create a comprehensive, user-friendly avian field guide, which includes scientific and local ecological knowledge (LEK) and folklore from Grenadine citizens, and would be a valuable resource for training local bird monitors, educating the general public, promoting sustainable tourism initiatives, enhancing the overall conservation and management of Grenadine resources, and that would be useful to both locals and foreigners with an interest in the avifauna of the region.
The book is the first avian field guide that covers the islands and cays shared by the countries of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada and it contains:
- 140+ pages of high-quality photographs of the birds and natural areas of the Grenadines - 117 bird profiles with details on identification, diet, habitat, local knowledge, and sightings - 14 detailed maps illustrating conservation areas and local toponyms on more than 50 islands and cays - Full chapter of previously undocumented local ecological knowledge, folklore, and prehistoric-to-modern-day human values of birds
We are really excited to put this book out into the world, especially to our friends and colleagues across the Caribbean and the Atlantic Flyway! Please feel free to reach out if you're interested in finding out more about our book and research, or if you'd like to buy a copy!
Thanks again to my fellow Vermonters for the support!
All the best, Aly
*Alison (DeGraff) Ollivierre* Middlebury College '10.5 (and from Middlebury, Vermont) Birds of the Transboundary Grenadines <https://grenadinesbirds.com/>