Bird Watching
Effin' Birds: A Field Guide to Identification
Effin' Birds
A Field Guide to Identification
Hardcover      ISBN: 1984856286
A compact, comprehensive, and very silly field guide featuring more than 200 of the rudest birds on earth.

Effin' Birds is the most eagerly anticipated new volume in the grand and noble profession of nature writing and bird identification. Sitting proudly alongside Sibley, Kaufman, and Peterson, this book contains more than 150 pages crammed full of classic, monochrome plumage art paired with the delightful but dirty aphorisms (think "I'm going to need more booze to deal with this week") that made the Effin' Birds Twitter feed a household name. Also included in its full, Technicolor glory is John James Audubon's most beautiful work matched with modern life advice. Including never-before-seen birds, insults, and field notes, this guide is a must-have for any effin' fan or birder.
Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds
Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by Impression
A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds
Hardcover      ISBN: 0547195788
A highly visual guide to identifying birds in the field based on the important, unchanging features of size, shape, structure, and behavior

Birding is an extremely rewarding and fun hobby, but some situations can be frustrating or unsuccessful because of a variety of challenging viewing conditions. This guide to identifying birds offers the holistic "birding by impression" method, which not only helps with these difficult conditions, but also develops an efficient mental identification process using left- and right-brain skills. It begins with a conscious assessment of a bird's unchanging physical characteristics, including general size, body shape, structural features (bill, legs, neck, and wings), and behavior. Using this approach, birders can quickly assess all birds and distinguish new and uncommon species from familiar ones. They can then examine more detailed field marks to fine-tune the identification. Rather than a traditional field guide, this book presents an interactive how-to approach to a more complete identification process.
The Sibley Guide to Birds
The Sibley Guide to Birds
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 030795790x
"Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds."--Guy McCaskie, Birding

The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds, First Edition quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation's supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The Sibley Guide became the standard by which natural history guides are measured. The highly anticipated second edition builds on this foundation of excellence, offering massively expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new, elegant design.

The second edition of this handsome, flexibound volume offers a wealth of improvements and updates:

- All illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger for better detail.

- Includes nearly 7,000 paintings digitally remastered from original art for enhanced print quality.

- Expanded text includes habitat information and voice description for every species and more tips on finding birds in the field.

- More than 600 new paintings, including illustrations of 115 rare species and additional paintings of common species and regional populations.

- More than 700 updated maps of ranges, showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.

- 85 bird family pages now cross-referenced to species accounts.

- Revised taxonomic order and most current common names for every species.
The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition, brings the genius of David Allen Sibley to the world once again in a thoroughly updated and expanded volume that every birder must own.
Birdhouses of the World
Birdhouses of the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1617690643
Birdhouses of the World offers readers a curated collection of beautiful, whimsical, stop-you-in-your-tracks amazing birdhouses created by designers and bird lovers around the world. Bird expert and author Anne Schmauss provides a brief history of birdhouses and lists the kinds of birds that inhabit them, as well as the types of structures that attract various species. Most important in her selection for this book is the "wow" factor: These birdhouses are spectacular in their creativity, ingenuity, and sheer originality. With styles ranging from sleek modern to elaborate Victorian, they are as varied as human houses. Illustrating the wide-ranging designs found throughout the world, and even including the birdhouse of filmmaker George Lucas, this book is a captivating look at the creativity than can result when a functional structure is infused with a love of birds.
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0307957918
COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED: From renowned birder, illustrator, and New York Times best selling author David Sibley, the most authoritative guide to the birds of the East, in a portable format that is perfect for the field.

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species, plus regional populations, found east of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 4,601 in total--with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has been updated to include the most current information concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Here too are more than 601 updated maps drawn from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent, and showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.

This new and improved edition includes:

- Updated habitat, description, behavior, and conservation text for each species account and all family pages.

- New and revised illustrations of species and regional forms.

- New design featuring species accounts in columns, allowing for better comparison and more illustrations and text.

- Current taxonomic order and up-to-date common names.

- All maps revised to reflect the most current range information.

- More species and rarities included.
Birds of Minnesota Field Guide
Birds of Minnesota Field Guide
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 159193897x

Learn to Identify Birds in Minnesota

Make bird watching even more enjoyable. With Minnesota's best-selling bird guide, field identification is simple and informative. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don't live in your area. This book features 123 species of Minnesota birds organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don't know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Crisp, stunning full-page photographs present the species as you'll see them in nature, and a "compare" feature helps you to decide between look-alikes. Plus, Stan Tekiela's naturalist notes feature fascinating tidbits and facts.

This new edition includes 14 new species, updated photographs and range maps, expanded information, and even more of Stan's expert insights. So grab Birds of Minnesota Field Guide for your next birding adventure--to help ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see.

H Is for Hawk
H Is for Hawk
Paperback      ISBN: 0802124739

One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

One of Slate's 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Last 25 Years

ON MORE THAN 25 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS: including TIME (#1 Nonfiction Book), NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Favorite Books), Vogue (Top 10), Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle (Top 10), Miami Herald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top 10), Library Journal (Top 10), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Shelf Awareness, Book Riot, Amazon (Top 20)

The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.

Birds in Your Backyard: A Bird Lover's Guide to Creating a Garden Sanctuary
Birds in Your Backyard
A Bird Lover's Guide to Creating a Garden Sanctuary
Paperback      ISBN: 0762109971
Birds in Your Backyard is a bird lover's guide to creating a bird and garden sanctuary in your own backyard with a step-by-step guide for easy-to-build projects.

Turn your backyard into a blissful bird sanctuary-create an appealing habitat to attract birds and watch them thrive.
This indispensable guide for bird enthusiasts is a comprehensive and richly illustrated volume-with over 600 full-color photos. Together with a little careful planning and planting you can turn your yard into a bird and butterfly oasis. It's several books in one:
* An A-to-Z landscaping guide to identify over 75 flowers and plants
* A field guide includes over 170 varieties of birds and butterflies with key
information on: how to identify them by their markings, how they behave, and which feeder foods they like the best
* A bird-watching guide to understand the basics of bird-watching and what equipment might be needed to observe or photograph birds

Plus, a how-to guide filled with step-by-step instructions for easy-to-build projects. Learn how-to:
* Plant your garden with bird-friendly trees, plants, hedges, ground cover, seed- producing flowers, and fruit-bearing shrubs and vines
* Build and mount your own birdhouses, boxes, perches, and shelters
* Identify the best plants for creating nesting sites; grow bird seed; and add a birdbath or pond

Let Birds in Your Backyard reveal its secrets for creating an irresistible garden and welcoming landscape alive with birds and butterflies.
Birdnote: Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds from the Popular Public Radio Show
Birdnote
Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds from the Popular Public Radio Show
Hardcover      ISBN: 1632171694
One hundred entertaining and informative essays from the popular public radio feature program, BirdNote, accompanied by original illustrations throughout--an illuminating volume for bird and nature lovers across North America.

Here are the best stories about our avian friends from the public radio show BirdNote, each brief essay illuminating the life, habits, or songs of a particular bird. Why do geese fly in a V-formation? Why are worms so good for you--if you're a robin? Which bird calls, "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?" From wrens that nest in cactuses to gulls that have a strange red dot on their bills--these digestible and fascinating bird stories are a delightful window to the winged world. A foreword by John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and an introduction by Gordon Orians, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Washington, are also included.
The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered
The Birds of Pandemonium
Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered
Hardcover      ISBN: 1616201363

"A remarkable book. Reading about the birds of Pandemonium will make you laugh and cry; it will make you see more clearly the need to take care of our planet; and it will confirm that one person with a passion can make a difference." --Jeff Corwin, nature conservationist and host of Animal Planet

Each morning at first light, Michele Raffin steps outside into the bewitching bird music that heralds another day at Pandemonium Aviaries. A full symphony that swells from the most vocal of more than 350 avian throats representing more than 40 species. "It knocks me out, every day," she says.

Pandemonium, the home and bird sanctuary that Raffin shares with some of the world's most remarkable birds, is a conservation organization dedicated to saving and breeding birds at the edge of extinction, with the goal of eventually releasing them into the wild. In The Birds of Pandemonium, she lets us into her world--and theirs. Birds fall in love, mourn, rejoice, and sacrifice; they have a sense of humor, invent, plot, and cope. They can teach us volumes about the interrelationships of humans and animals.

Their amazing stories make up the heart of this book. There's Sweetie, a tiny quail with an outsize personality; the inspiring Oscar, a disabled Lady Gouldian finch who can't fly but finds a brilliant way to climb to the highest perches of his aviary to roost. The ecstatic reunion of a disabled Victoria crowned pigeon, Wing, and her brother, Coffee, is as wondrous as the silent kinship that develops between Amadeus, a one-legged turaco, and an autistic young visitor.

As we come to know the individual birds, we also come to understand how much is at stake for many of these species. One of the aviary's greatest success stories is breeding the gorgeous green-naped pheasant pigeon, whose home in the New Guinea rainforest is being decimated. Thanks to efforts at Pandemonium, these birds may not share the same fate as the now-extinct dodo.

The Birds of Pandemonium is about one woman's crusade to save precious lives, and it offers rare insights into how following a passion can transform not only oneself but also the world.

"A delightful account. Its appeal is ageless, her descriptions riveting, and her devotion to the birds remarkable." --Joanna Burger, author of The Parrot Who Owns Me

"A fascinating and rarely seen glimpse behind the scenes. The joy she gets from her close relationships with these amazing animals and her outsized commitment to them comes through loud and clear in this engaging and joyful book." --Dominick Dorsa, Curator of Birds, San Francisco Zoo

"Reading this wonderful book, one cannot help but realize how much intelligence and beauty there is throughout the bird world. The birds are Michele Raffin's teachers, awakening a deep sense of commitment to caring for our collective future . . . This book is about reconnecting with the nature of birds, and the nature of ourselves."
--Jon Young, author of What the Robin Knows