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Backyard Birding: A Guide To Attracting And Identifying Birds Paperback – May 3 2011
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From the Back Cover
From urban container gardens to sprawling backyards―understanding and creating your own birding paradise You see them every day, whether they are flashing through your yard, perching on a limb, or gathering in a puddle. They already share your neighborhood with you, but before you know it, they fly on in search of a hearty meal or a more suitable watering hole. That's because you―even if you are already one of America's more than 68 million birders―haven't yet taken the steps needed to make birds linger in your garden. This unique and user-friendly guide shows you how. With 250 vibrant full-color photos and concise, informative text, Backyard Birding helps you maximize your home birding experiences and attract a wider variety of birds. It helps you make the right choices the first time―and avoid costly mistakes. Learn how to:• Attract particular species by choosing the right foods, plants, trees, water sources, and nesting materials• Create a garden, region by region, that will be an oasis for birds• Instantly recognize, and attract, those birds you are most likely to see―including the top birds found nationally as well as in Eastern and Western locations• Identify birds by field marks, plumage, and more• Make your yard the hummingbird capital of the neighborhood• Fend off predators and other uninvited backyard guests
About the Author
A birder since she spotted her first kingfisher in Girl Scout day camp, Randi Minetor has traveled the country to rack up a North American life list of nearly 500 species from Florida to Alaska. In her home state of New York, she participates in birding science endeavors including the 2000-2004 State Breeding Bird Atlas project, the Nature Conservancy’s lakeshore songbird migration study in the 1990s, and the annual Christmas Bird County for nearly twenty years. She has contributed to Bird Watcher’s Digest, and has served on the board of the Rochester Birding Association. In addition, she is the communications chair of the Genesee Land Trust board of directors, giving her considerable access to information about native species, habitat restoration and creation, and the greenest practices for maintenance of open spaces. Nic Minetor has provided photography for more than a dozen books published by Globe Pequot Press on America’s national parks and historic cities. He is a full-time lighting designer/director for theatre, film and TV, currently serving as resident lighting designer for Eastman Opera Theatre and Mercury Opera in Rochester, NY, as well as for productions at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He is also the lighting director for the PBS television series “Second Opinion.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
It's well written and nicely photographed. It's been very helpful educating me on one of my new hobbies.
I highly recommend it. Kudos to Randi & Nic Minetor on a great new book.
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