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Children's Nonfiction Birds

Bird's-Eye View

Keeping Wild Birds in Flight

by (author) Ann Eriksson

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2020
Birds, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Environmental Science & Ecosystems
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
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    Publish Date
    May 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Wild birds are everywhere, from the dry deserts to the icy poles.

We see them soaring overhead, paddling across water, flitting through trees, pecking at the ground or our backyard bird feeders and singing from fence posts. Birds contribute to the health of the planet and provide pleasure for millions of people, but wild birds are in trouble. Today, almost 200 bird species are critically endangered. They are threatened by habitat loss, invasive species, climate change, pesticides, plastics in the environment, human-made structures and other animals. Bird’s-Eye View looks at why wild birds are important, why they need help and what young people all over the world are doing and can do to give wild birds a boost.


About the author

Novelist and biologist Ann Eriksson combines her background in ecology with her life experiences to create works of fiction populated with rich characters and grounded in nature. She is the author of the novels In the Hands of Anubis(2009), Decomposing Maggie(2003) and Falling from Grace(2010), which received the Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal for Western Canadian Fiction. Ann was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in the Canadian Prairie provinces, eventually migrating to the West Coast in the late seventies.

Ann Eriksson's profile page


  • Commended, Forest of Reading Light Reads Great Stories
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“This is a particularly timely title. An accessible and appealing invitation to connect with the world of birds.”

Kirkus Reviews

“This engaging book is well organized and easy to navigate...For a library that has a need for environmental activism for upper elementary, middle, or possibly high school, this would be a strong addition.”

School Library Journal

“Not only will readers understand the connection between birds and dinosaurs, but also the problems threatening their survival and wellbeing...Colorful photographs throughout make this book appealing to the eye.”

School Library Connection

“An excellent compilation of everything birds! Bird’s-Eye View is a jam-packed educational resource for the classroom and at home. It captures the beauty and wonder of birds, balancing natural history with science and conservation. The personal accounts from the author, Tweets from the Flyway, and profiles of Young Birders ignite curiosity and inspire action for birds in our own backyards and communities.”

Liza Barney, Education Program Coordinator at Bird Studies Canada

“Scientists recently announced that North America lost a shocking 3 billion birds in recent decades. Eriksson's timely book is a passionate and beautifully illustrated appeal to bird lovers of all ages.”

Bridget Stutchbury, author of <i>Silence of the Songbirds</i> and <i>The Bird Detective</i>

“It’s an uplifting and informative read with an extensive resource to aid newly hatched birders.”


“Anyone, young or old, who wants to learn more about the birds that live in their neighborhood or on the other side of the planet will love this book. The latest science on breeding biology, behavior, feeding habits, conservation concerns and much more is arrayed in an attractive, easy-to-follow layout with eye-popping photos and text boxes containing facts that will surprise even the most experienced bird nerd. Ann Eriksson has put together a book that teachers and kids will return to again and again to discover the wonders of birds and what we can all do to help them thrive.”

Trevor Herriot, author and naturalist

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