Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest Paperback – May 1, 2015
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Few books have been written to help those wanting to attract hummers to their Southwest gardens. This book is a welcome addition and is the most in-depth look at plant opportunities yet published.... Whether you are a gardener or hummingbird lover (or maybe both!), this book should be in your library. --H. Ross Hawkins, The Hummingbird Connection
Exceptional, practical, informed informative, and thoroughly user friendly, [this book] is profusely and beautifully illustrated in full color. An ideal introduction and guide, Hummingbird Plants Of The Southwest is very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library...collections. --Margaret Lane, Midwest Book Review
Scott uses skill, humor, and information to help us recognize the loss of habitat that can be attributed to our kind, and gently urges us to do our own little part to reverse some of the bad. --Renee West, Newsletter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico
I learned several tidbits from this book which I had not known. [This] is a great reference book as well as a guide to setting up your hummingbird habitat. Recommended if you wish to attract hummingbirds. --Southern Arizona Guide
You get a bouquet of books rolled into one when you pick this one up...Indeed, the whole thing, from photos, to species profiles, to the glossary, to the appendix on ways to help hummingbirds...is a natural history masterpiece. -- --Mark Pendleton, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost
Bird lovers in the hummingbird-rich Southwest finally have their own comprehensive guide to creating nectar gardens for these living jewels. --Sheri L. Williamson, author of A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America
For Southwest habitat gardeners, especially gardens focused on pollinators, this book is an excellent resource for attracting hummingbirds. The author discusses how hummingbirds are great pollinators since they feed all day, reliably visit flowers year-round, and travel great distances which enhances the genetic variability in the seeds of the plants they visit.... For readers who may have no land or ambition to create a habitat garden, this book is still a pleasure to read. The photographs are superb; the author's writing style is colorful; and the layout of the book is very pleasing. The book encourages the reader to become an armchair field biologist, vicariously observing the foraging hummingbirds defend their territories, construct their nests, and pass between their winter and summer homes. ----Karen LeMay, Founder of Pollinator Corridors SW; Arizona Native Plant Society
It is a beautiful book and should make a welcome addition to the library of all who admire hummingbirds. I am a life long birder and greatly enjoyed the sections on the birds. I find that like plants there is always more to learn about them. --Mary Irish, author of A Place All Our Own: Lives Entwined in a Desert Garden
From the Back Cover
- Publisher : Rio Nuevo Publishers (May 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1940322030
- ISBN-13 : 978-1940322032
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #961,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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The author is clearly passionate about both hummingbirds and plants. I like the depth of this book, too. It is very comprehensive, covering the ecology of hummingbirds and plants, pollination basics, and migratory bird corridors. Chapter 3 on creating a hummingbird habitat is especially helpful. It goes beyond just plants to include structural elements, water, bloom succession, artificial feeders, and safety concerns. The author does a great job of incorporating all of the features that are important to hummingbirds and their ecology.
1. Comprehensive & detailed, you will not need another book on the subject.
2. Excellent full-page, color photography – of each of the 120 plants described, and accompanying each of the life histories of the 14 species of hummingbirds.
3. Written for everyone – from the beginner wanting to add a single hummingbird-attracting plant to their garden, to the expert creating acres of hummingbird habitat.
4. The 334-page book is exactly what the title claims, an all-inclusive source of information on the hummingbird plants of the southwest.
The book is so good you will wish it were longer, like a novel you don’t want to finish reading.
As it is, this is a 5-Star, very good book. I wish it had pictures of the individual plants from a distance so you could see their full shape and form, more detailed discussion of the ecosystem preferences of each species of hummingbird through the seasons and along their migrations, and additional maps of the distribution of individual plants and hummingbirds – these are minor suggestions for a future edition of a book I enjoyed very much. I lived in 3 of the states covered by the book for over 25 years, and have been interested in nature, and particularly birds and their environments since I was a boy. I purchased this book for those reasons, and am buying other copies for friends.