Here are seventeen species of birds (geese, ducks, loons etc.) that inhabit marshes during the various seasons of the year. Their mating, nesting and young are described as well as their diet, their characteristic colors, and songs. Each bird is illustrated by the well-known animal artist and his drawings are overlaid with an autumnal gray. The cycle of life in marsh areas is discussed as well as the importance of the existence of these areas to birdlife. In addition to game birds, there is information on the protected birds (ibis, crane, and egret, etc.). Hunting practices and what they mean in terms of the bird population is a feature of the book.