Synopses & Reviews
Two of the best-known names in birdingandmdash;Peterson and Bird Watcherandrsquo;s Digest
andmdash;team up to provide reliable, expert advice on how to attract the birds you want into your yard.
Which birds use nest boxes? Whatandrsquo;s required to maintain a birdhouse? What kind of habitat will attract which birds? What does it take to be a bluebird trail operator? What does it mean if baby birds or eggs disappear from their nest?
Bill Thompson III answers all of these questions and more, helping readers to create yards and gardens where birds will make their homes and raise their young.
Itandrsquo;s easy enough to hang a birdfeeder. But there are plenty of other things that can attract birds to a landscapeandmdash;and, in fact, birds need four essentials: food, water, shelter, and a place to nest. The more of these elements a yard has, the more attractive it is to birds.
A lavishly illustrated chapter provides ideas and inspiration for creating bird havens by profiling andldquo;Birdy Backyard All-Stars,andrdquo; fifteen homeowners from around the country who have actively worked to create bird-friendly habitats.
andldquo;[Author Anne] Schmauss searched the world to showcase the andlsquo;coolestandrsquo; birdhouses and tell their stories. And what birdhouses she has found.andrdquo;
andldquo;A fascinating, andlsquo;stop-you-in-your-tracksandrsquo; tour of birdhouses crafted by designers and bird enthusiasts all around the world.andrdquo;
andldquo;To judge from the imaginative birdhouses in Birdhouses of the World, some birds are inhabiting stylish architecture of the sort most of us can only dream about.andrdquo;
Copiously illustrated with maps, line drawings, and full-color photographs, each of these large-format (8 1/2 x 10 7/8) paperback books contains the essential information that backyard nature enthusiasts want and need -- to attract, identify, and understand birds and butterflies, and to grow and identify beautiful wildflowers at home.
Copiously illustrated with line drawings and full-color photographs, this large format paperback book contains the essential information that backyard nature enthusiasts want and need -- to build and seek out birdhouses, including the right birdhouse for many popular species .
Birdhouses of the World offers readers a curated collection of beautiful, whimsical, stop-you-in-your-tracks amazing birdhouses created by designers and bird lovers around the world. Bird expert and author Anne Schmauss provides a brief history of birdhouses and lists the kinds of birds that inhabit them, as well as the types of structures that attract various species. Most important in her selection for this book is the and#147;wowand#8221; factor: These birdhouses are spectacular in their creativity, ingenuity, and sheer originality. With styles ranging from sleek modern to elaborate Victorian, they are as varied as human houses. Illustrating the wide-ranging designs found throughout the world, and even including the birdhouse of filmmaker George Lucas, this book is a captivating look at the creativity than can result when a functional structure is infused with a love of birds.
Rounding out the series that includes Identifying and Feeding Birds and Hummingbirds and Butterflies, Bird Homes and Habitats helps homeowners enhance their backyards even more with advice on how to provide shelter and nests for birds.
About the Author
Anne Schmauss is owner of the store Wild Birds Unlimited and a columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican. She coauthored For the Birds: A Month by Month Guide to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard with her sisters. She lives in New Mexico.