Excerpt from The Extension, Vol. 2 of 6: Pass on the Torch, November, 1912, the Guide for North Dakota Bird Study The rapidly growing interest in the study of birds has made necessary the preparation of a guide which may serve to direct the many bird observers in North Dakota along the lines which should yield the greatest pleasure and profit to themselves and the largest advantage to the state. It is earnestly hoped also that the pointing out of the way to make a beginning may stimulate others, who have hesitated because of apparent difficulties or obstacles in the way, to enter this fascinating field where so many important discoveries await the alert and sympathetic student. The past decade has witnessed a most remarkable spread of interest throughout the United States in bird life from the relatively few enthusiastic ornithologists to the hundreds of thousands of people who are w coming to kw and appreciate birds as never before. This movement is only in its beginnings, however, and the coming decade should see a much wider diffusion of the spirit of first-hand bird study. Many factors have contributed to give dynamic impetus and to render this movement possible. Organizations have been effected which united, stimulated and directed the members in all parts of the country. An abundant literature accompanied by simple methods of learning the names of birds has been developed. Colored pictures showing with remarkable accuracy the color, form and appearance of the living birds often in their natural haunts have been prepared by the greatest of naturalist artists and placed upon the market at prices which put them within the reach of all and through the proper use of these the birds themselves come to be recognized and kwn. The development of methods of bird photography has t only afforded interesting activity for many people but has provided a wealth of illustrative material for popular accounts of birds and their habits in books, periodicals and lectures. The extensive investigations of the United States bureau of Biological Survey have t only furnished important information relative to the distribution, abundance and migration of birds but have provided a substantial basis of ecomic facts in their publications for a proper appreciation of the important relation of birds to human industries. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.