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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides)by Jonathan Alderfer
Synopses & Reviews
No matter where we livehigh-rise or house, arid climate or humid, urban area or countryone creature binds us together like no other: the bird. In North America alone, 60 million people identify themselves as bird-watchers, and most hone their skills right in their own backyards. Now, there's a book for every family who wants to learn more about the birds they love. Chapters cover all aspects of birding in an easy, accessible way. Vivid illustrations of 150 common species make identification a snap. Tips on feeding, birdhouses, and bird-friendly landscapes show how to attract birds to any environment for optimal viewing. Even children can get in on the action with a section devoted to kid-friendly projects and activities. To round out this ultimate one-stop resource, readers will find expert advice on bird songs, birding optics, and bird photography.
Book News Annotation:
Even inexperienced birders will be able to easily use this highly illustrated 5.5x8" guide. An illustrated color index allows readers to identify birds by color, and a visual index of bird species inside the fold-out covers allows readers to identify birds by shape, the two most obvious characteristics beginning birders will notice. One-page entries on 150 common species contain detailed color illustrations, territory maps, and notes on identification, range, food, and nesting. A space at the bottom of each entry allows readers to check off months of the year when sightings occur. Interspersed between the species entries are two-page spreads on the most common species, and side bars with information on natural history. An introduction offers tips for feeding birds and creating a bird-friendly yard, illustrated with color photos. A companion website contains recordings of birdsongs and an interactive identification guide. Alderfer and Hess are affiliated with the American Birding Association's magazine Birding. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jonathan Alderfer is a nationally known bird artist and author who has worked on a number of National Geographic's birding books. His previous titles for National Geographic include Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, Illustrated Birds, Birding Essentials, and Complete Birds of North America.
Jon L. Dunn and Louise Zemaitis, authors and experts on bird feeding, landscaping for birds, butterflies, and birding for children, will contribute to the book.
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