Visit Us

Book Giveaway: Guide to the Wildlife of Southwest China

Front Cover of Book: Guide to the Wildlife of Southwest China

Sign up to join SERC's free webinar with Bill McShea on Jan. 19, and you could win a free copy of Bill’s book, "Guide To The Wildlife of Southwest China.” Bill McShea is a wildlife ecologist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. He’s worked in China, Borneo and southeast Asia, focusing on the diversity and management of giant pandas and other mammals in the wild. In creating “Guide To The Wildlife of Southwest China,” Bill teamed up with co-authors Sheng Li, Xiaoli Shen, Fang Wang and Dajun Wang. The field guide features 130 species with full-color photographs, maps and descriptions that can appeal to trained naturalists, students or casual wildlife tourists.

Sign up for webinar Beyond Pandas: The Wildlife of Southwest China

Can't make the live talk? If you sign up, you'll receive a link to the closed-captioned recording afterwards so you can watch it whenever you want. And you'll still be entered into the random drawing. On the other hand, if you want to join the talk but don't want a chance to win a free book, you can opt out by emailing Kristen Minogue at

Rules of Entry:

By entering the Guide to the Wildlife of Southwest China Book Giveaway, entrants agree to abide by the following rules:

1.     Entrants must be natural persons, U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older, except that entrants may not be a regent, officer, employee, fellow, intern, research associate, or volunteer of the Smithsonian Institution or a member of any of the foregoing’s immediate family or household.

2.   To enter, register online for the Jan. 19 Zoom webinar "Beyond Pandas: Guide to the Wildlife of Southwest China" with your name and email address. To opt out of the contest, email Kristen Minogue at

3.    One entry per person. Multiple entries void.

4.    The Smithsonian will award two (2) prizes. The prize is a free copy of the book "Guide To The Wildlife of Southwest China" by Smithsonian wildlife ecologist Bill McShea. The book has a fair market value of approximately US $21. If prize becomes unavailable for any reason, the Smithsonian reserves the right to substitute a prize of like or equal value. Winners may not request prize substitution. Winner is responsible for all taxes on the prize, if any.

5.    The Smithsonian will select the winner randomly from the list of signups downloaded from Zoom as a .csv file after the event. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.  No purchase necessary to enter or win.  Purchase does not increase chance of winning. Contest void where prohibited.

6.    The Smithsonian will notify the winner via email. If winner does not respond to the notification within five business days, another winner will be chosen. Failure to respond within five business days means the winner forfeits the prize.

7.    The Smithsonian is not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond its control.  Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. The Smithsonian reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these Rules; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. The Smithsonian reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at any time for any reason at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, the Smithsonian reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. By entering this contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of the Smithsonian, which are final and binding in all respects.

8.    After Feb. 5, 2020, you may obtain a list of winners by emailing Kristen Minogue at