Roger Tory Peterson from a very early age was a birdwatcher and over the years his highly disciplined observations, note taking, drawings, paintings, and photography impacted the international world of birding. Many of today's experts in international birding used his series of field guides, books, lectures, and personal guidance as young birders in arriving at their own amateur or professional commitments to ornithological and conservationist pursuits.
Birding Florida (2007) by Brian Rapoza and A Guide to Bird Finding in New Jersey (2004) by William J. Boyle, Jr. are similar yet different. Both describe over 200 sites used by birders plus provide a list of birds and where they can be found among the sites in their respective states. Both books provide general information about facilities at selected sites as well as provide directional information in terms of DeLorne Atlas and Gazetteer grid pages and location numbers. Boyle's book provides additional directional information and Rapoza's book adds hazards in the area, nearest food, gas, lodging, camping, and who to contact for further information. Rapoza's book is concisely packaged within 291 pages while Boyle's is 492 pages. Both are important to birders who are not dependent on field trips to enjoy a meaningful birding experience.