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Here are some of the books I have written–click on the links for more information.  You can also buy these and other books through my Amazon Associates account–that helps to fund this website.  Just click on the “more info” links then “buy now”–you can buy anything in the Amazon vaults this way!

Birds of PNWBirds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest     more info…
by Richard Cannings, Tom Aversa and Hal Opperman
Heritage House, 2016

Authoritative, detailed, and user-friendly, this is your definitive birding handbook for this vast and diverse region.




BCNH_3_coverBritish Columbia     more info…
by Richard and Sydney Cannings
revised 3rd edition, Greystone Books 2015

“The first single reference to interpret our diverse province”– Vancouver Sun



New Roadside cover2The New BC Roadside Naturalist     more info…
by Richard Cannings and Sydney Cannings
Greystone Books 2014

“the Cannings…know the province, love it, have a broad scientific knowledge and are great teachers. All in all, you couldn’t ask for better traveling companions.”–Mark Hume



birdfinding_bc_coverBirdfinding in British Columbia     more info…
by Russell Cannings and Richard Cannings
Greystone Books 2013

“…detailed information about how to reach the best sites to look for birds, when to look for them, and what you might find.  Packed with descriptions of the natural history, ecosystems, and diverse landscapes of British Columbia, and accompanied by numerous maps, this thorough guide is a must-have for novice and expert birders alike.”

Flights of Imagination     more info…
edited by Richard Cannings
Greystone Books 2010

.“Twitchers and listers alike will love the motley tales … which range from charting the earliest recollections of an ornithophile to contemplating the ways in which these singing, spiritual messengers connect us to the physical world.”  —Toronto Star


Birds of Southwestern British Columbia     more info…
by Richard Cannings, Tom Aversa and Hal Opperman
Heritage House 2005




Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies    more info…
by Richard Cannings, with Harry Nehls, Mike Denny and Dave Trochlell
Heritage House 2009.




The Rockies: A Natural History     more info…
by Richard Cannings
Greystone Books 2005

“Now comes the ideal book for any Saskatchewanite who’s feeling homesick for the prairie.”–Calgary Herald



An Enchantment of Birds     more info…
by Richard Cannings
Greystone Books 2007

“Richard Cannings is one of Canada’s finest naturalist authors and his new book is… packed with tales about the creatures that make bird listeners twitch with excitement: the strange, insectivorous flammulated owl; the increasingly rare white-headed woodpecker; the hibernating poorwill.”–Canadian Geographic



Roadside Nature Tours through the Okanagan   more info…
by Richard Cannings
Greystone Books 2009

“If you’re on the road this summer pause to explore the wildlife and unspoiled beauty of Okanagan wine country with UBC field ecology instructor and biologist Richard Cannings’s new guide.” — Granville Magazine


Geology of British Columbia: a journey through time   more info…
by Sydney G. Cannings, Joanne Nelson and Richard J. Cannings
revised edition, Greystone Books, 2011




Birds of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia   more info…
by Robert A. Cannings, Richard J. Cannings and Sydney G. Cannings.
Royal British Columbia Museum 1987.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Miriam McNaughton permalink
    January 27, 2012 9:05 pm

    Hi Dick,
    I was on the ferry to Victoria this summer, visiting from California and found your book “British Columbia: A Natural History”. What a treat, as I remember you and Sydney from the West Bench School when we were kids. I was a student there from grades 4 through 7. You and Sydney always took the top positions in class, and I came nipping at your heels in third. My father, Hugh McNaughton was a seismologist out at the White Lake Observatory, where he worked with his best friend, Roy Hamilton. We moved to California in 1965, where I have lived ever since.
    I became a recording artist and then a teacher and now I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve spent many hours photographing our wonderful shorebirds here in the Bay. Needless to say, I am so delighted to see what you have done with your life, and looking forward to reading more of your books and following you on Twitter.
    All the best,
    Miriam McNaughton

    • January 28, 2012 10:48 am

      Hi Miriam–good to make contact again. Interestingly, I play fiddle with Ann Hamilton in a Scottish dance band nowadays. –Dick

  2. Montana Doell permalink
    April 2, 2012 12:55 pm

    Hey dick, i am doing a research assignment for my biology class on the bald ewagle and i was wondering if you could take the time to answer some questions i have about your work with them

  3. August 13, 2012 11:05 am

    Hi Richard
    I see you are interested in the NDP nomination. A few quick questions:

    1. What is your official job title?

    2. Age? (Sorry)

    3. Do you believe the NDP will win Penticton’s riding?


  4. March 14, 2021 2:10 pm

    Hi Richard. I started birding about a year ago. This started out as something I could add to my resume as a Wildlife Technician and today it is a favourite hobby of mine. With help from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and your book: Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies, my bird identification skills have developed substantially! Hoping that you had a similar book for fish identification I googled your name and was thrilled to find that you are involved in politics, I believe more biologists should be, and near my hometown nonetheless. Thank you for your field-friendly book and for speaking for birds and people. If you ever publish any other identification guides I would definitely purchase them!


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