"Informative and practical... This guide, filled with richly colorful photos, is enthusiastically recommended for birders, bird watchers, and anyone else who cares about birds' role in our precariously fragile environment." --Booklist
Feeding birds is growing in popularity and is enjoyed by over 50 million North Americans each year.
Feed the Birds is designed as a resource for beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike. Covering 196 bird species that are attracted to backyard bird feeders, this book helps the reader not only attract and identify birds but also understand their behavior and adaptations to the environment. A wide variety of feeders and seed types are presented with helpful tips on how to attract the largest variety of birds.
Each profile for the 196 featured species includes a variety of photographs, an identification guide, a range map, information on bird seed and natural food preferences, and behavior. Other topics include:
Why feeding birds is importantBuilding do-it-yourself feeders Foiling squirrels Attracting birds with natural foods and water Building shelters and nest boxes Involving children Photographing birds Hand feeding Recognizing individual birds and identifying similar-looking species Growing plant varieties that make a garden attractive to birds.
The book also contains information on how to choose the right seeds; the importance of ensuring all windows are bird-safe (with links to organizations that work to reduce bird-window collision); cat-friendly deterrents; and citizen science activities like the annual Christmas Bird Count and Project Feederwatch. Feed the Birds is a complete guide that should be near every bird enthusiast's window.
Endorsed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, a conservation-oriented organization with more than 250,000 members. CWF has a long history of fostering bird habitat, conservation and recognition.
Chris Earley is a zoologist and environmental biologist. He is the Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator at The Arboretum, University of Guelph. His previous books include Falcons in the City, Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America, and Birds A to Z. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Earley's book immediately caught my attention and renewed my enthusiasm for this amazing experience... Chapters on bird behavior, biology and identification are written with the knowledge of an expert ornithologist; however, they are down-to-earth enough for a novice to learn. The way the information is put together is logical and reader friendly. Photographs throughout Earley's 296-page guide capture the personalities of 196 bird species, the common characters we enjoy so much.
A beautiful and useful book... Earley, one of Southwestern Ontario's birding experts, has useful and interesting sections about backyard habitat, feeders and nest boxes, engaging kids, foiling squirrels, identification of 196 species, and even hand-feeding birds.
The National Audubon Society warns that bird populations in the Western Hemisphere are declining, and research indicates that North America today is home to almost three billion fewer birds than North America of 50 years ago. This means that roughly one in four birds have disappeared in the past half century. Now is an especially good time to add Earley's informative and practical guide for tempting birds to backyard feeders--and identifying them once they get ther--to library collections. Earley gives lighthearted instruction on designing bird-friendly gardens, preparing natural foods, outsmarting the gluttonous squirrels and the homicidal cats in your neighborhood, and helping your bird guests avoid crashing into the kitchen window. Detailed building plans cover window shelf, mesh, roofed platform, and fruit feeders; readers will be encouraged to see what can be constructed from old pine board scraps and a handful of common nails. This guide, filled with richly colorful photos, is enthusiastically recommended for birders, bird watchers, and anyone else who cares about birds' role in our precariously fragile environment.
Profusely illustrated throughout, expertly organized and presented, comprehensively informative, "Feed the Birds" is a complete guide that should be a core addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Pets/Wildlife collections in general, and North American wild bird identification and care studies lists in particular.
Lots of excellent colour photos complement the interesting and informative text. Nice potential gift for the bird enthusiast in your life!
Feed the Birds will delight any North American resident who seeks close-up bird opportunities for photography, study, and appreciation.