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Ken and all,
I have all the guides you mention - plus a few others - and I keep returning 
to the National Geo guide as my choice to carry in the field and on trips. 
The newest edition is good for the reasons stated by Joan and, without 
putting my finger on specifics, I find that my questions are most often 
answered in this guide; I find the illustrations more consistantly accurate 
also.  That being said, I won't part with any of my others!

I purchased the 5th edition in softcover off the shelf at my local Wild 
Birds Unlimited for $24.00.  I'm curious as to the "offer" of $29.95...?
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls, NY

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joan Thompson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 8:14 AM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Field Guide question


: Hello Ken,
: I have the soft cover edition and find it a definite improvement well
: worth the price. The Quick-Find Index inside the back cover and the
: section on Accidentals make it attractive to me.
: Joan Thompson
: Respond To: [log in to unmask]
: On Jul 24, 2007, at 10:15 PM, Ken Copenhaver wrote:
:
: > Has anyone used the new (5th edition) National Geographic Field Guide
: > to the
: > Birds of North America?  I got an offer in the mail for $29.95
: > softcover and
: > $36.95 hardcover, and I'm wondering if it's worth the price
: > considering that I
: > already have the 3rd edition, as well as Sibley (large and small
: > editions),
: > Peterson, Kaufman, and Audubon field guides, plus other references.
: > Is there
: > anything new here that makes it worthwhile?  Any feedback would be
: > welcome.
: >
: > Ken Copenhaver
: > Fairfax VT
: >
: