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"North American native birds are picky homeowners. Barker (coauthor, The Feeder Watcher’s Guide to Bird Feeding) and freelance writer Wolfson present a useful guide perfect for backyard bird watchers. The book starts with historical content on invasive species, introduced predators, and habitat loss. In addition, readers will find territory maps and material on bird food sources and identification. These projects cover all skill levels and are enhanced by wonderful illustrations. Contributor Chris Willett, a carpenter, provides clear blueprints with exploded views and detailed cut lists. LikeBirdhouses You Can Build in a Day, this informative volume tailors designs to specific species. However, what sets this work apart is the inclusion of research and scientific study results on what makes a home suitable for a particular type of bird. VERDICT The designs here are for enthusiasts who prefer to serve the needs of the birds rather than human aesthetics. This well-organized and meticulously researched book is a winner." - Library Journal

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Audubon Birdhouse Book is the most authoritative book available for creating safe, sturdy, and easy-to-build homes for many of North America’s favorite birds.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (November 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760342202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760342206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very well written book.
John H. Rowley
A good nestbox is also not just attractive to birds to nest, but safe and convenient to monitor by their landlords.
TC
The measured layouts are pretty good.
T. Beaulieu

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TC on December 3, 2013
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This new book is very well presented and composed. The articles are very well researched and I appreciate the sincere effort to explain the responsibilities one assumes by providing a nesting cavity for breeding birds. These aren't meant to be "garden" or lawn decor but truly nesting cavities to aid and assist birds to safely build nests and raise their young.
The authors and editors consulted with several outstanding and experienced birders. But, they also interviewed several others that simply wanted to make nesting cavities or nestboxes better, safer from predators and competitors, as well as protective from rain and wind. A good nestbox is also not just attractive to birds to nest, but safe and convenient to monitor by their landlords.
Nestbox mounting is critical and the Audubon Birdhouse Book addresses this very important responsibility very well.
I have sent several copies of this book to friends and I feel this book will be a joy for many readers. The pictures are fabulous. tc
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kurt at Backyard Bird Lover on January 22, 2014
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Having been in the bird attracting and watching industry for over 20 years and being head of a non-profit bluebird organization, I've seen the good, bad, and ugly when it comes to books on bird housing. In my unbiased opinion, this book is the most complete, factual, and useful one I've ever seen. Whereas many birdhouse books are loaded with impractical designs that almost no one can build, the Audubon Birdhouse Book has simple, easy-to-build plans that are also much better for the birds. I love the excellent pictures, illustrations, and diagrams too. Another very good aspect of the book is it covers both eastern and western species of birds. So, if you're interested in getting started (or adding to your existing knowledge) in the wonderful hobby of attracting birds with nesting boxes, buylng this book is a must.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Schrey on December 6, 2013
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great detail and easy to follow instructions
full of fun information as you would expect from Audubon
everything I wanted
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Beaulieu on June 12, 2014
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This book came pretty close to being perfect for me. I do recommend it if you're looking to build "authentic" houses that birds will actually use. After two 70+ hours projects this winter I wanted a quick win for the weekend. I built several houses from this book over the weekend and had such a good time that I built even more the following weekend for a total of 11 houses.

I built 4 of their so-called "x box" houses. I gave two to my Mother in Law. My two are occupied with swallows and at least of hers is occupied. In fact, one of mine was in use within 24 hours!

I made the HUGE flicker house and mounted it high up on a tree (heavy!), but it's still unoccupied.

I made two of their "carolina wren" boxes, mounting them to my barn and shed. The one on the barn was occupied just this past weekend. How fun!

I made two platforms from another book but neither has seen any action yet and a bat house from another book, as well. No action there yet, either.

The measured layouts are pretty good. I did find one mistake, so be sure to think about it while you're going, instead of following blindly. Also, be sure to adjust as needed if you're not using the same thickness stock. I used rough sawn cedar and white oak, so I had to make a number of adjustments.

There's a lot of practical information in the book, and the plans are based on this data. Other books tend to give you plans for houses that look like real people houses and have no scientific research backing their designs, sizes, hole sizes, etc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Prusinski on February 4, 2014
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I gave this book to my husband for Christmas. He has looked over the drawings and while he thinks the ideas are good, he is not impressed with the drafting. It's OK if you are a woodworker with experience but could be more complete for the amateur. Overall a worthwhile purchase because it gives you the needed dimensions for different kinds of backyard birds (size of hole and general requirements for a particular species).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura A Caspar on March 1, 2014
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I enjoyed this book a great deal. It provided information on many aspects of birding, and the plans were fairly easy to use. The only thing I would suggest for next time is inclusion of a lumber list for each house.
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I'm a birder, and Audubon member, and I sometimes get an urge to make something, so I started printing plans for bluebird boxes off the web, and knocking out some bluebird boxes. I'd seen this book on Audubon's Facebook a while back and put it on my wish list. After a couple boxes made from plans from the web, I decided I was was enjoying it enough to take another step and I ordered the Audubon Birdhouse Book.

I fully expected a saddle-stitched book about as thick as a magazine with some plans in it. This book is much more than that. Its 160 pages include the whys, as well as the hows, of building nesting boxes for different common species, from wrens to ospreys. It talks about predators and squatters. It shows how to protect your nest box, good woods and bad woods, what you can finish it with, and what not to finish it with. The plans themselves are clear and concise. Some might be a little beyond my hand saw and cordless drill, but to be honest, I'm more into the making, I don't have suitable locations for many of these. I'll place boxes with birders as I build them.

I do have to give it 4 stars because perfect-bind books are hard to work out of. Something that would lay flat and stay open, or even a URL to download PDFs of the plans (with proof of purchase, of course) so I can just have a laser copy in my work area would have been great.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend, when I can delve into some new plans and boxes.
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