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The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast

by Adrian Dorst

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list price: $99.00
also available: Paperback Hardcover
category: Nature
published: 2018
publisher: UBC Press
imprint: On Point Press

The rugged physical beauty of the west coast of Vancouver Island has long been a major attraction, but its distinctive avian population has also made it a major birdwatching destination. The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast presents accounts of all of the species thus far recorded as occurring in the region – 360 in total – and updates the 231 species recorded up to 1978. Each account includes a brief introduction to the species and an overview of its total range. The essential guide to the birds of the region, this book will inform, delight, and surprise amateur and professional birders alike.

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Adrian Dorst has been an avid birder for 62 years, working as a field ornithologist on numerous occasions over the past 45 years. He was a co-author of Birds of Pacific Rim National Park in 1978 and since then has added several new species to the provincial bird list. As a wilderness photographer and environmental activist he has explored much of the west coast of Vancouver Island and until recently worked as a birding guide out of Tofino. His bestselling book, Clayoquot on the Wild Side, was published in 1990.

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Adrian Dorst is Tofino’s birding expert and with the release of his newest book, The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast, he has cemented that title in place ... [This book] is a fantastic resource for photographers, birders and tourism guides alike.

— Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News



In The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast, Dorst makes his profoundly hard-earned knowledge gleaned over decades instantly available to anyone inclined to learn more. Accessible to casual birdwatchers on a weekend excursion to Tofino, and yet at 560 pages loaded with material of interest to the most hardcore birder, this book has much to offer.

— BC Booklook
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Adrian Dorst

Adrian Dorst is known to many for his photographic portrayal of wilderness and wildlife. In the past two decades his work has appeared in calendars and on posters as well as in numerous magazines in Canada, the US, and Europe, among them International Wildlife, BBC Wildlife and Canadian Geographic. His photos have also been published in over fifty books including Hiking with Ghosts, Paddling through Time and Clayoquot: On the
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. Adrian Dorst lives in Tofino, on Vancouver Island.
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