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Birds and Birding in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains Region

By Jacqueline Canterbury, Paul Johnsgard, and Helen Downing, 2013, 250 pp.

Abstract: The Bighorn Mountains region of north-central Wyoming encompasses about 6,800 square miles (Wyoming latilongs 4 and 5), and has an altitudinal range of about 10,000 feet.  At least 327 bird species have been reliably reported from the region, and regional breeding has been confirmed for 190 species. The regional geology, biogeography and vegetational ecology are described, and species descriptions include relative abundance, breeding status by latilong, and occurrence records for rare species. Many regional birding locations are also described, and tabular results of recent breeding bird surveys and seasonal counts are presented.  With 52 drawings, 7 maps, 4 tables, and 72 literature citations. Zea E-Books & Univ. of Nebraska Digital Commons at

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Common Birds of The Brinton Museum and Bighorn Mountains Foothills By Jacqueline L. Canterbury and Paul A. Johnsgard, 2015, 67 pp.

Abstract: The information in this booklet is based in part on Birds and Birding in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains Region (2013) by Canterbury, Johnsgard, and Downing. This book profiles 48 of the most abundant, typical, and interesting birds from the 114 species that have been regularly reported from The Brinton. The species accounts for each bird provide information on species identification followed by a brief guide for recognizing distinctive songs and calls. The status section provides information on the relative abundance and seasonal occurrence of a species. This is followed by a brief description of those habitats and environmental features that the species prefers. The calendar at the end of each species account shows the species’ documented occurrences for every week of the year in the Brinton area and can be helpful as a predictive tool for judging the possibilities of a species’ seasonal presence, both locally and regionally. Color photographs portray each species in their native habitat. The book also provides a brief history of The Brinton Museum, a description of its natural habitats and environments, and ends with a checklist of the 114 regularly occurring regional birds of The Brinton. Paperback with 67 pages, 3 illustrations, 48 color photographs. Zea E-Books & Univ. of Nebraska Digital Commons at: To purchase this book go to The Brinton Museum store or shop online at

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Wyoming’s Ucross Ranch: Its Birds, History, and Natural Environment

By Jacqueline L. Canterbury and Paul A. Johnsgard, 2018, 86 pp.

Abstract: This book profiles 60 of the most abundant, characteristic, and interesting birds that have been regularly reported from the Ucross Ranch and the adjacent Powder River Basin. The 20,000-acre Ucross Ranch lies on the western edge of the Powder River Basin of northeastern Wyoming. Ucross is a textbook example of the prairie grassland/shrubland habitat type referred to as the sagebrush steppe, a landscape that is an icon of Wyoming’s vast open spaces. We focus especially on those species that occur year-round or are present as breeders during the summer months, and we place emphasis on a unique group of sagebrush steppe–adapted birds. We provide information on each profiled species’ identification, voice, status, and habitats. The 22,000-word text is supplemented with 60 color bird photographs, a map of the vegetation communities in the Great Plains, and a Bird Checklist of the Ucross Ranch. 86 pages. To purchase this book go shop online at

Birds of North-central Wyoming and the Bighorn National Forest

Back in Print!

By Helen Downing, 1990 & 2021; paperback, 98 pages.

Review written by Ariel Downing

Birds of North-central Wyoming and the Bighorn National Forest, by Helen Downing, was originally printed in 1990, and has been out of print for some time. Because of many requests, the Bighorn Audubon Society has generously funded a reprinted edition, available now. The author was interested in documenting the species and general numbers present during the mid- to late-twentieth century. Her intent was to pass this information on to future birders, enabling us to compare historical data with recent trends caused by habitat loss and climate warming. The book is useful to both amateur birders and scientists. It is suitable for amateur birders as a reliable source of information—could this bird be seen here? Is it common or unusual, and in what months and years has it been seen in the past? Scientific birders will appreciate it because is a source of baseline information. The book presents a detailed record of bird life in the area, using data collected and meticulously collated from 1966 through 1990. Information is presented by species in AOU order, including details about sightings and commentary about when and where the bird has been seen in this region. Graphs are included about sightings of common species, less-common species, and information about true rarities is given in an appendix. A detailed map of the area is included in the center of the book. Birds of North-central Wyoming may be purchased at The Brinton Museum gift shop, Fort Phil Kearny gift shop and Sheridan Stationery Books.

"Wyoming Birds for Kids"

By Pamela Moore

Illustrations by Lawrence Uhling

Photographs by Tina Toth

"Wyoming Birds for Kids" was created with the purpose of connecting children and adults with the natural world and the amazing birds that live in Wyoming. Birds benefit when people are aware of their habitat needs: shelter, food, and water.  Author Pamela Moore shares 24 birds found in Wyoming.  Each bird has an original rhyme, illustration, photo, scientific information, and fun facts.  This book offers readers an engaging piece of literature, art, and science. Moore hopes "Wyoming Birds for Kids" will encourage readers to unplug, get away from screens, and get moving outside while exploring the wonderful world of Wyoming birds.

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