When not out in the field, Steve Shunk enjoys writing about the field of ornithology. Steve recently completed the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers.
The book is available for pre-order now from Amazon.
This book is a complete guide to the natural history, ecology, and conservation of North America’s 23 woodpecker species. From the iconic Woody Woodpecker to the ubiquitous Northern Flicker, woodpeckers have long captivated our attention.
Their astonishing anatomy makes them one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and their keystone ecological roles in our forests and woodlands makes them some of the most important birds on the continent.
This comprehensive and authoritative guide to the natural history, ecology, and conservation of North America’s 23 woodpecker species goes far beyond identification. It explores their unique anatomy and their fascinating and often comical behaviors; it covers each species’ North American conservation status; and it showcases over 250 stunning photographs of woodpeckers in their natural habitats, plus easy-to-read figures and range maps. This reference guide is an essential addition to every birder's library.
Get your copy of the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America.
Stephen's latest published article - Puzzling Flickers, Understanding Introgression -has been published in the March/April 2014 issue of the American Birding Association's BIRDING magazine.
Where their ranges overlap, the “Red-shafted” and “Yellow-shafted” populations of the Northern Flicker hybridize. These hybrids (or intergrades) are far more common than many birders realize. In the March/April issue, Stephen tells us how to recognize hybrid flickers: the obvious hybrids (first-generation adult males), as well as the trickier ones (females, backcrosses, etc.).
READ STEVE'S FLICKER ARTICLE HERE
THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY NEWS, A new forest fire paradigm, The need for high-severity fires (co-authored with 5 others)
BIRDING MAGAZINE, Sphyrapicus Anxiety: Identifying Hybrid Sapsuckers ( A 10-page article) LINK TO PDF
BIRD WATCHER'S DIGEST, Species Profile, Northern Flicker. LINK TO PDF
LIVING BIRD MAGAZINE, Lewis's Woodpecker. LINK TO PDF
OREGON MAGAZINE, The Colors of Fall Migration LINK TO PDF
OREGON MAGAZINE, Getting high on Birds in Oregon and beyond LINK TO PDF
OREGON MAGAZINE, Nature's Supercurious Brutality LINK TO PDF
OREGON MAGAZINE, Birding in the New Year LINK TO PDF
OREGON MAGAZINE, Not Just Another Gull LINK TO PDF
OREGON CASCADES BIRDING TRAIL (A 32-page guide coordinated by Steve Shunk) LINK TO PDF
WINGING IT - Newsletter of the American Birding Association. Woodpecker Wonderland LINK TO PDF
Paradise Birding Owner and Lead Guide, Steve Shunk was the primary developer of the Cascades Birding Trail Project, which included a 32-page birding trail map of the area.
Download the complete 32-page map for the Cascades Birding Trail here.