NTN’s Steve Shunk Releases Authoritative Peterson’s Guide to Woodpeckers of North America

Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America

Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America

Congratulations to NTN associate editor Steve Shunk for releasing his new book, “The Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America.”

From the iconic Woody Woodpecker to the ubiquitous Northern Flicker, woodpeckers have long captivated our attention. Their astonishing anatomy makes them one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and their keystone ecological roles in our forests and woodlands makes them some of the most important birds on the continent.

This comprehensive and authoritative guide to the natural history, ecology, and conservation of North America’s 23 woodpecker species goes far beyond identification. It explores their unique anatomy and their fascinating and often comical behaviors; it covers each species’ North American conservation status; and it showcases over 250 stunning photographs of woodpeckers in their natural habitats, plus easy-to-read figures and range maps. This reference guide is an essential addition to every birder’s library.


Steve Shunk biopicSteve is a woodpecker fanatic based in central Oregon’s Woodpecker Wonderland, where 11 woodpecker species breed each year (half the extant woodpeckers in North America!). After several years of field studies and extensive woodpecker research, Steve wrote his first book, the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America (2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers).

Steve currently lives in Bend, Oregon, but he spends much of the year traveling and writing for the Nature Travel Network. Steve also runs a successful tour company, Paradise Birding, for which he leads birding and natural history tours across the western hemisphere. Steve regularly delivers presentations for state ornithological societies, bird festivals, and local bird and nature clubs.

Look for Steve at festivals and conferences near you! References and a list of presentation topics can be provided upon request. Contact Steve at: [email protected]


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