“The birding equivalent of having Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking teach you how to count, add, subtract, multiply, do long division, comprehend quantum mechanics, plus balance your checkbook. Bird watchers at every skill level will garner insights from this book.”
— Pete Dunne, author of Birds of Prey
“Identifying birds is a science and an art, involving far more than merely memorizing field marks. Steve Howell and Brian Sullivan are leading masters of this craft, and they share a wealth of inside knowledge in this gem of a book. If you're a birder at any level of experience, from beginner to expert, read this book from cover to cover and I guarantee it will improve your skills in the field.” — Kenn Kaufman, author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding
“ . . . if you are going to have a book-based conversation with bird experts about identification, Howell and Sullivan are going to be at the top of the list. . . .
[The Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps] is a highly opinionated book reflecting the approach and thoughts of the authors. Which is exactly what makes it a book that all birders should read, consult, and maybe even, like me, read again.”
— Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds.com
“This book is friendly, non-intimidating, and even humorous. New birders can acquire some basics from this handy little book, and experienced birders can pick up some vital pointers, especially useful when helping the uninitiated. . . . Basically, there is something in this short book for every birder, and the 152 pages present many opportunities for all birders to pick out and explore what that ‘something’ may be.” —Paul J. Baicich and Wayne Petersen, Birding Community E-bulletin