Publication of "The Sibley Guide to Birds" in 2000 established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation's most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders, from novice to the most expert, "The Sibley Guide" became the standard by which natural history guides are measured.
The second edition offers expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new design. Sibley will discuss his new edition at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
The second edition includes illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger, for better detail; nearly 7,000 paintings digitally remastered from original art, for enhanced print quality; and expanded text that includes habitat information and voice description for every species, plus more tips on how to find birds in the field.
Sibley began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age 7. Since 1980, he has traveled throughout North America studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. He lives in Concord, Mass.