If you want to attract or identify birds in your garden, Feed the Birds could help. Designed as a resource for beginners as well as experienced birdwatchers, the book details 196 bird species attracted to backyard bird feeders with explanations about their behaviour and how they adapt to the environment. It also discusses a wide variety of feeders and seed types.
Each profile of the 196 featured species includes a variety of photographs, an identification guide, a range map, information on bird seed and natural food preferences. Other topics include why feeding birds is important, how to build do-it-yourself feeders, foiling squirrels, attracting birds with natural foods and water, building shelters and nest boxes, involving children, photographing birds, recognizing individual birds and identifying similar-looking species, and growing plant varieties that make a garden attractive to birds.
The book also contains information on how to choose the right seeds and the importance of ensuring all windows are bird-safe.
The book is endorsed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, a conservation-oriented organization with more than 250,000 members that fosters bird habitat and conservation.
The author, Chris Earley, is a zoologist and environmental biologist, and the interpretive biologist and education coordinator at The Arboretum, University of Guelph, in Ontario. His previous books include Falcons in the City, Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America, and Birds A to Z.
Order Feed the Birds book
Feed the Birds by Chris Earley is published by Firefly Books; 296 pages; $29.95 list price.
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Draw to win a copy of Feed the Birds
The Garden Making May 2020 draw for a copy of the Feed the Birds book was won by Sue B. of Freelton, Ontario, whose entry was randomly selected from 480 entries. List of all draw winners.