National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America Paperback – Mar 15 2011
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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.
PAUL HESS, former chair of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee, is department editor for the "News and Notes" column in Birding magazine. A retired newspaper editor, he writes an "Ornithological Literature Notes" column for the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology newsletter and has written many articles in the journal of Pennsylvania Birds.
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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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Beautiful pictures, easy to use and excellent supplementary information to improve your backyard birding experience!Published 5 months ago by Gayle Laki
Gave a copy as a birthday present to my mother. She likes it, and has been able to use it to identify the birds coming to her bird feeder.Published 7 months ago by MRussell
Great book, as it is the end of the season for seeing some birds not using it very much yet. Looking forward to the spring in Ontario. Delivery was really fast.Published 8 months ago by Eileen H.
Un livre très intéressant pour quiconque s'intéresse aux oiseaux.Published 8 months ago by D. Pépin
I love this book, it's my first bird book and I really enjoy it.!!!Published 15 months ago by Shirley
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