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National Audubon Society North American Birdfeeder Guide Hardcover – February 21, 2005
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Much more than a guide to simply feeding birds, this reference, published in association with the National Audubon Society, explains how to plant a bird-friendly garden, understand bird behavior and identify common North American backyard birds, from the tiny chickadee to the rather large American crow. Wildlife writer Burton and biologist Kress spend an ample amount of time on the business of attracting birds, with tips on installing hanging birdfeeders, deterring unwanted visitors, arranging ground feeders, building feeders, choosing bird food and setting up bird baths. Most pages are a blend of flowing narrative text augmented with illustrated sidebars and charts. Planting guides, lists of species and their preferred foods, and even a tutorial on how to sketch birds are a nice addition, and the photos-of birds, gardens and feeders-are invaluable (although some appear faded or washed-out). Still, the bird identification pages are improved with rather detailed drawings of each bird (100 in all), showing what it looks like when flying and with its wings folded. This useful book works well as a basic introduction to welcoming birds into one's own habitat.
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Of the approximately 700 North American bird species, about 100 are regular backyard species, and it is estimated that about one-third of all adults in the U.S. take time to watch them. By setting up feeders, nest boxes, and birdbaths and planting bird-friendly gardens, backyards can serve as bird sanctuaries. A chapter on "what birds need" examines the four major factors in their habitat: food, cover, water, and space. The authors describe the types of hanging and ground birdfeeders, birdbaths, and nest boxes. They recommend flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, and the types of gardens that will attract birds. They explain bird behavior (their daily cycle of activity, migration, flight, feeding, vocal communication, courtship, nesting, and the ways they defend their territory). There are profiles of 100 of the most common birds, giving details of their size, shape, color, voice, and behavior. Maps show the seasonal range of each. The lavishly illustrated guide contains a wealth of new information. George Cohen
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Factory farming (take a look at page 11), development, and pollution are killing off even common birds. The situation is pretty dire. Backyard feeders can make a huge difference, especially during migration.
As a Manhattanite I do not have a yard at all, but I bought this book for myself because it's a beautiful book, then over the next year or two gave copies as presents to three (four?) families I know who do have yards. I encourage you to do the same!
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