About Atlas 1

About the Editors

Wayne R. Petersen is Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program at Mass Audubon. As senior Field Ornithologist at Mass Audubon for 15 years before assuming his current position, he co-authored Birds of Massachusetts (1993) and co-edited the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas (2003). A New England Regional Editor for North American Birds magazine and editor of the New England Christmas Bird Count, Wayne's knowledge and broad perspective of the seasonal distribution of New England bird life was recognized in 2005 when he received the American Birding Association's Ludlow Griscom Awardfor outstanding contributions in regional ornithology. He also serves on the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee and leads international birding tours for Mass Audubon and Field Guides, Inc.

W. Roger Meservey received a BA from Bowdoin College in Maine in 1972 and an MS from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1976. His research interests centered on the behavior of wood-warblers. He currently teaches biology courses at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts.


About the Artists

John Sill lives in the mountains near Franklin, North Carolina. He has been an illustrator for the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Bird Identification Calendar since its beginning in 1980. His work has appeared in a number of books and magazines including three books he coauthored. John’s work has been exhibited at the Birds in Art Exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Barry W. Van Dusen resides in central Massachusetts. He has contributed illustrations to a variety of natural history books and pocket guides published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Harper Collins, and Princeton University Press. He was elected a full member of London's Society of Wildlife Artists in 1994 and exhibits regularly at the Birds in Art Exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin, as well as in galleries, museums, and nature centers throughout New England and Europe. More information is available at www.barryvandusen.com.


About the Illustrations

The illustrations by John Sill and Barry W. Van Dusen were painted in transparent watercolor on cold-pressed watercolor paper. The bulk of the species-account illustrations are by John Sill, but the following are by Barry Van Dusen: Mute Swan, King Rail, Least Sandpiper, Short-eared Owl, Acadian Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Fish Crow, Sedge Wren, Worm-eating Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, and Henslow’s Sparrow.

Additionally, the front cover and title page art, and the small illustrations in the introductory sections, are by Barry W. Van Dusen. John Sill painted the back cover art and the illustrations appearing in the additional species appendix.


About the Publication

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 1 / edited by Wayne R. Petersen
and W. Roger Meservey; illustrated by John Sill and Barry W. Van Dusen
p. cm. - (Natural history of New England series).
Includes bibliographical references (p. 434).
ISBN 1-55849-420-0 (hard cover)
1. Birds-Massachusetts. 2. Birds-Massachusetts-Geographical
distribution. 3. Birds-Massachusetts-Geographical
distribution-Maps I. Petersen, Wayne R., 1944-II. Meservey,
W. Roger. III. Series.
QL684.M4M37 2003
598'.09744-dc21

2003014390
Petersen, Wayne R., and W. Roger Meservey
Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 1
Illustrated by John Sill and Barry W. Van Dusen
p. cm. -(Natural History of New England Series)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 434)
ISBN 1-55849-420-0 (hard cover)