by Donald S. Heintzelman
This guide to backyard bird watching provides details about everything from the evolutionary history of birds to the native plant species, feeders, and nest boxes most likely to attract birds to your backyard. Heintzelman first explains the joys of bird watching, which he says is "enjoyed by tens of millions of people in North America and elsewhere." He then recommends a code of ethics to which all birders should adhere. Succeeding chapters offer tips about the types of equipment that a properly outfitted birder should obtain, various techniques and field guides that will aid in bird identification, and appealing backyard habitats for various regions of the United States. The book also offers details of many birding organizations, state programs, and Internet sites dedicated to birds and their environments.
McGraw, 2001, 309 p., color and b&w; photos/illus., paperback
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