Can you name the Georgia county where red crossbills have been documented nesting, or the frog common to central Georgia that sounds like a bird? If you’re scratching your head, reach instead for “The Breeding Bird Atlas” and “Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia.”
Edited by state DNR biologists and others, these University of Georgia Press books are packed with answers about Georgia birds, amphibians and reptiles.
The hardback “Breeding Bird Atlas” is a comprehensive record of the 182 bird species documented breeding in the state. The nearly 500 pages feature profiles, maps and color photographs, all based on a statewide survey from 1994-2001.
“Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia” has detailed accounts of the state’s 170 species of frogs, salamanders, lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodilians — some you’ve likely never heard of. Photos and maps help identify what’s in each area of Georgia, while emphasizing the conservation status and challenges for each species.
Now, about those questions: The answers are Bartow County and the bird-voiced tree frog.
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