A Celebration of Chester A. Reed on the 100th Anniversary of his Death
by Michel Chevalier
In the early 1930s, the name of Chester A. Reed was known to all amateur and professional ornithologists in the United States and Canada. Today, there are few who remember him. And yet, he was the first to develop the concept of the “Field Guide ” by publishing his Bird Guide Part 2, Land Birds East of the Rockies (1905)*, which presented for the first time colored illustrations of birds in a small format book convenient for use in the field (3 X 5 ½ inches).