WE'VE EXTENDED the book's Due Date! And we really need your help.
December 1rst, 2018, was our original deadline. That's fairly amusing for us now, as spring of 2019 fast approaches and we still have a massive mountain of work ahead. We are currently writing hundreds of species accounts, finalizing the introductory chapters, editing photos, and preparing a key... among innumerable other details. Dave is searching for photos from researchers, wildlife photographers and naturalists, and we still have more museum trips and yet another field season of nest photography to tackle. Our new date is July 1rst , 2019, with a release in 2020.
We came in FAR UNDER our original campaign goal; we had lofty hopes in the early days of raising sufficient funds... that gave way to the heavy workload that the other tasks for this project required, and admittedly, a slight shyness in asking for help. We simply didn't get the word out enough or push our campaign consistently. Three years of time and effort have caught up, however, and we could really use some support.
We are so excited for this work and for this book, and are, quite honestly, nervous for the months to come, both for the workload and the financial strain. Please consider contributing to this process, it would mean a LOT to us. And please share this with anyone who might want to chip in.
And please check out our website to follow our progress and see what we've been getting into! PetersonBirdNests
Our original message from December 2017:
For the past two years, Matt Monjello, Casey McFarland, and David Moskowitz have been working on an all new Peterson Field Guide to Bird Nests of North America
(due for release in 2019 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.)
It's been an exciting but massive undertaking, and we have one more field season ahead to finish the job. We need your help to assure that we can meet the requirements for travel, museums visits, and research in the next year.
It's a tough time for publishing field guides, and HMH was only able to get us started down this road to cover our costs for putting together this book. The funds we got from them are a fraction of what it is costing us to collect all the material needed to provide a comprehensive look at breeding birds across the North American continent.
100% of donations will be going to cover our direct actual costs for completing this project, primarily travel costs to get to field locations meet with local experts, acquire images, illustrations, and track down all the nests we hope to share with you! These books have long shelf lives, and we want to make it as fantastic as possible for the years to come!
This project is a labor of love and we are honored to have the opportunity to put together this book which we hope will be a resource for naturalists, scientists, and conservationists for decades to come. Please watch our video to learn a little more about the book, what we've been up to, and how to stay up to date with the project!
A HUGE thanks in advance-- thank you for your support and for being a key part of this endeavor.