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David Allen Sibley

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David Allen Sibley, who succeeded John James Audubon and Richard Tory Peterson with the standard guide to birds, talks to Joseph Planta, about his latest book, The Sibley Guide to Trees (Knopf, 2009).

The Sibley Guide to Trees by David Allen Sibley. (Publisher, 2009) Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Sibley Guide to Trees

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.

David Allen Sibley joins me now. He’s been watching and drawing birds for over 40 years. His previous guides to birds have been considered revolutionary following in the footsteps of John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson. Now comes The Sibley Guide to Trees, a book that is bound to be the standard guide to trees. There are over four thousand meticulously detailed paintings, highlighting more than six hundred tree species that are found in the United States and Canada. The illustrations were done by Mr. Sibley, and it’s just tremendously fascinating to look at them. They’re very detailed, and obviously instructive. The book arranges the tree species taxonomically, which makes it an ideal companion when you’re tree watching, or if you want to learn more about some tree in your yard or on the street. The book is published by Knopf. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program in Vancouver, David Sibley; Good morning, Mr. Sibley.

David Allen Sibley website