The Hudson Valley

Kathryn J. Schneider

Although an estimated four hundred thousand Hudson Valley residents feed, observe, or photograph birds, the vast majority of New Yorkers enjoy their birdwatching activities mostly around the home. Kathryn J. Schneider’s engaging site guide provides encouragement for bird enthusiasts to expand their horizons. More than just a collection of bird-finding tips, this book explores Hudson Valley history, ecology, bird biology, and tourism. It describes sites in every county in the region, including farms, grasslands, old fields, wetlands, orchards, city parks, rocky summits, forests, rivers, lakes, and salt marshes. Designed for birders of all levels of skill and interest, this beautifully illustrated book contains explicit directions to more than eighty locations, as well as useful species accounts and hints for finding the valley’s most sought-after birds.

Paper: $29.95 | E-book: $24.99
ISBN-13: 9781611687187
Pages: 352 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: September 4, 2018

This book has something for everyone!

Joan Collins 
Editor of New York Birders


  • This book is an excellent guide to the best birding sites in the Hudson Valley that will lead me to plenty of places I have not yet explored.

    Jeremy Kirchman
    curator of birds, New York State Museum
  • More than a book about where and when to bird, Schneider’s guide also covers how to bird. Included are techniques, equipment, and skill-building activities-along with information about the regional birding community and birding ethics. Schneider offers a welcome focus on conservation through eBird, Christmas Bird Counts, and other community science efforts to track the health of our planet through birding.

    Anne Swaim
    executive director, Saw Mill River Audubon
  • This book has something for everyone! Beginners get started with tips for learning bird songs and calls, buying binoculars, field guides, and apps, and joining local bird clubs. Experts can learn all about terrific destinations along the Hudson River from Troy to New York City, including directions, maps, history, habitats, and species found. And there is more-read about the role of glaciers, and later, humans, in altering the landscape of this region.

    Joan Collins
    editor of New York Birders

About the Author

Kathryn J. Schneider

Kathryn J. Schneider, a Hudson Valley native, has spent decades studying the behavior, ecology, and distribution of birds. An award-winning author, teacher, and conservationist, she is a past president of the New York State Ornithological Association.

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