Of special note is the addition to this highly recommended picturebook for children a very special educational section, 'For Creative Minds', that provides children with fun facts about birds, 'bird math', bird injuries, and a 'Match the Nest' activity with nest information for Magpies, Killdeer, Robins, Screech-Owls, Starlings, Brewer's Blackbird
; the Common Grackle, Meadowlarks, Whip-poor-wills, Mourning Doves, and the Northern Oriole.
Twelve species apparently occurred between 1900 and 1950 that have not been reported since 1950: Pacific loon, yellow-billed loon, king eider, rough-legged hawk, merlin, whooping crane, red-necked phalarope, red phalarope, snowy owl, short-eared owl, common raven, and Brewer's blackbird. Detailed information is sparse for pre-1950 abundance and breeding status of most species on the above list.
These observations add to earlier records of other vagrants from south of the tree line: Brewer's blackbird (Snyder, 1925), yellow-rumped warbler (Choque, 1956), and Harris's sparrow (McLaren and Holdsworth, 1978).