Alan L. Contreras

ALAN L. CONTRERAS, now retired from a career in higher education, is a writer, editor, and birder. His numerous books include Birds of Oregon: A General Reference and Afield: Forty Years of Birding the American West.

Books by this Author

A History of Oregon Ornithology

The study of birds was, in its early years, often driven by passionate amateurs in a localized context. A History of Oregon Ornithology takes readers...

| paperback | $34.95

The Collected Poems of Ada Hastings Hedges

Ada Hastings Hedges was among Oregon’s foremost mid–twentieth-century poets, best known for her superb poems set in Oregon’s high desert, which offer a fascinating counterpoint...

| paperback | $18.95

Edge of Awe

This compelling anthology gathers together personal impressions of the Malheur-Steens country of southeastern Oregon, known for its birding opportunities, its natural beauty and remoteness, and...

| paperback | $19.95

Northwest Birds in Winter

Observing birds in the Pacific Northwest in winter is both challenging and rewarding. Despite the weather and the fact that many birds are not in...

| paperback | $19.95

Handbook of Oregon Birds

Handbook of Oregon Birds is a portable, field-friendly guide to the seasonal status and distribution of Oregon birds. A condensation of the status and distribution...

| paperback | $22.95

Birds of Oregon

Birds of Oregon is the first complete reference work on Oregon's birds to be published since Gabrielson and Jewett's landmark book in 1940. This comprehensive...

| paperback | $45.00

Birds of Lane County, Oregon

Birds of Lane County is the essential guide for anyone - backyard birder or serious observer - interested in the birds of western Oregon. Lane...

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For 40 years, Alan Contreras has studied birds and natural history in the West. In Afield, he recounts his bird-watching experiences — primarily in Oregon...

| paperback | $18.95

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