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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America [Paperback]

Jonathan Alderfer , Paul Hess
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Book Description

March 15 2011 National Geographic Backyard Guides
Essential for the estimated 62 million Americans who watch and feed birds in their backyards—from the experts at National Geographic and co-author of the popular and perennial best seller Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
No matter where you live—in the country, city, a high-rise or house—this handy guide will quench your curiosity about the feathered creatures in your midst. It features 150 of the most common and interesting birds likely to be observed at backyard feeders, nesting nearby or just migrating through. An indispensable visual index of all 150 species appears on the inside front and back laminated covers, making identification a snap.
Beginning with Backyard Basics, an easy-to-follow, richly illustrated presentation on observing and identifying birds—with tips on attracting and feeding your favorite birds, birdhouses, and bird-friendly landscapes to entice nesting—the book is full of National Geographic’s iconic field guide images and maps.
Core species on everyone’s list—such as robins, woodpeckers, bluebirds and chickadees—are featured in two-page spreads including practical tips with additional imagery. Sidebars captivate with interesting and little known facts.
Backyard Guide to Birds is linked to even more content, including audio of each of the book’s 150 birds’ songs and calls at nationalgeographic.com/birding.

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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America + Birds Of Canada
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"Valuable, as both a reference and as a 'browsing' book." –Bird Watchers Digest

“Like everything published by the National Geographic Society, it's first rate…many of the bird illustrations painted by the foremost birding artist Jonathan Alderfer…What sets [it] apart is the inclusion of photographs, lists of preferred foods and nesting habitats, seasonal range maps, and keys to identification -- all tailored toward the backyard birder. –Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“A great book to give to those backyard birdwatchers in your life--or any friend or neighbor who might appreciate the birds in their yard…attractively designed and chock-full of useful and interesting information…provides many ways to approach, identify, and enjoy birds. Each section includes noteworthy features that make it not only beautiful but useful.” –The Birdchaser 

“A handy-sized, easy-to-use tool for backyard birding…The information on each species is superb…fascinating nuggets…” –Birdfreak.com

 “Even inexperienced birders will be able to easily use this highly illustrated guide.”
 –Book News, Inc.
“National Geographic turns its considerable field guide expertise to birds of the backyard.”

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book! Dec 27 2011
I love this book! The pictures are so crisp and clean. The narratives are wonderful to read. The best part is that my son has a photo in this book...how awesome is that!! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars BACKYARD BIRDS IN MY NORTH AMERICAN GARDEN Aug. 29 2014
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We have found it very informative.. however some of the pics are very small making the birds hard to identify
We are most fortunate in that we get so many different birds very close to our patio but even then some are hard to identify from the pictures shown. Otherwise the book itself is beautifully presented as one would expect from National Geographic
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read Oct. 28 2014
By Lise A
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Excellent book by its information and pictures. I own many books on birds this one is great for Canada. It would be a great gift for children. The layout is easy to understand and to retrieve information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book June 24 2014
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you will enjoy this book...the pictures are large and the descriptions are very accurate. Easy reference and they really are birds of North America We were able to identify several species often seen in Northern Ontario
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