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Book Review by Terry Timme


Butterflies and Dragonflies of Southwest New Mexico
Where and When to find them

By Tony B. Godfrey & Shela D. Godfrey

This handy book is the second in the Field and Site Guide Series. The authors, Tony and Shela Godfrey, are familiar to many of us from their time at City of Rocks State Park, where Tony was park technician and his wife, Shela, a volunteer in the Visitor’s Center. Alas they have been transferred to Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton but have left us with a couple of publications to remember them by.

This guide, like the first about birds, describes ten convenient locations that provide a look at the diversity of locations in this region, from desert to mountain to lakeside, for good viewing of butterflies and dragonflies. Visitors to Southwest NM will find useful the directions to each location and the facilities they offer. A nice feature for both tourists and locals is the guide to the common species to be found at each location based on the month.

The highlight of the book is the excellent photographs. If you have seen any of Tony’s presentations at our meetings, you know that he is an outstanding photographer. The book includes photos of over 130 different species, with a brief description of the habitat you might find them in, and when and where to look. Also handy are pictures of the basic anatomy of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies.

This book is not meant to replace a comprehensive field guide, but it could become a valuable addition to your library and would also be a great gift to entice visitors to enjoy our region. The book and companion field and site guide to birds is available at City of Rocks State Park Visitor’s Center or by visiting: FieldAndSiteGuides.com.

Book Review by Terry Timme


Common Birds of Southwest New Mexico
Where and when to find them

By Tony B. Godfrey

This handy book is the first in a series by Certified Interpretive Guide and park technician at City of Rocks State Park, Tony Godfrey. The guide describes ten convenient locations that provide a glimpse at the diversity of birding spots in this region – from desert to mountain to lakeside. Visitors to Southwest NM will find useful the directions to each location and the facilities they offer. A nice feature for tourists and locals is the guide to the common birds you can find at each location based on the season.

 The highlight of the book is the excellent photographs. If you have seen any of Tony’s presentations at our meetings, you know that he is an outstanding photographer. The book includes photos of 157 species with a brief description of the habitat you might find them in and when and where to look.

This book is not meant to replace a comprehensive field guide for identifying birds, but it could become a valuable addition to your bird book library and would also be a great gift to entice visitors to enjoy the birds of our region. A parallel volume titled Butterflies and Dragonflies of Southwest New Mexico is also likely to be just as beautiful and useful.  Information on obtaining both is available at City of Rocks State Park or by visiting, FieldAndSiteGuides.com.