A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

Released by Heyday Books in mid October 2013, Joan’s most recent book is a breathtaking look at the natural history of the region. Find out more.


Cover of Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast

This easy-to-use, concise, informative guide is a must for anyone who wants to leave behind Southern California’s noisy freeways and crowded beaches in search of the wild places where birds can be found. An excellent introduction, an indispensable regional guide, and a perfect companion for excursions from San Luis Obispo County to the Mexican border, it is designed to familiarize birdwatchers, hikers, naturalists, residents, and travelers with the appearance and behavior of 120 of the most common coastal birds.

Published by University of California Press, 2006. 316 pages.


Cover of Great Birding Trips of the West

Currently out of print, but available on Amazon.

Every birder is a traveler at heart, and here is the perfect “travel guide” for chasing rarities in the West’s most scenic birdwatching “hot spots”. Covers nine major habitats from Washington to Colorado and offers crucial information, area trail maps and checklists.

Published by Capra Press, 1989. 281 pages.

Currently out of print, but available on Amazon.

By Joan Easton Lentz and Judith Young.

Birdwatching is written for the beginner. Informative, entertaining, and thoroughly illustrated, the book walks you step-by-step through the field, clearly teaching the secrets of how to identifiy birds — tricks experienced birders have known for generations but have never written down before.

Published by Capra Press, 1985. 178 pages.