Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds
  • Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds
  • Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds

Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds

by Margaret A. Barker, Elissa Wolfson
     
 


Birders know that you need the right house to attract the right bird—and we’re not talking trim color. An entrance hole that’s 1/8 inch too big or too small spells trouble, as does a roof that leaks or a floor that doesn’t drain. With the Audubon Birdhouse Book you can build safe, species-appropriate houses for your favorite birds.See more details below

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Birders know that you need the right house to attract the right bird—and we’re not talking trim color. An entrance hole that’s 1/8 inch too big or too small spells trouble, as does a roof that leaks or a floor that doesn’t drain. With the Audubon Birdhouse Book you can build safe, species-appropriate houses for your favorite birds. Follow step-by-step photos and detailed instructions to create the right nest box, plus learn how and where to mount it to increase the chances that newlyweds will move in and raise a family.
 
Want bluebirds nesting nearby? They’ll be delighted to take up residence in a leakproof, pestproof, easy-to-build Xbox nest box—the very latest in birdhouse design. The profiles, photos, and range maps in the bluebird section will tell you if you’ve got Eastern, Western, or Mountain Bluebirds in your region, how many eggs to expect, how long before the youngsters leave the nest, and other useful facts.
 
Armed with the Audubon Birdhouse Book, you can build a simple wire basket for a mourning dove, a large wooden box for a barn owl, a multibranched gourd rack for the sociable purple martin, or any one of a dozen other nest boxes for popular birds.
 
Build an Audubon-approved dream home for these species:
Bewick’s, Carolina, or House Wren
• Prothonotary Warbler
• Ash-throated or Great Crested Flycatcher
• Tree swallow or Violet-green swallow
• Juniper, Oak, Black-crested, or Tufted Titmouse
• Barred Owl
• Eastern or Western Screech-owl
• Barn Owl
• Northern Flicker
• American Kestrel
• Black-capped, Carolina, or Mountain Chickadee
• Wood Duck
• Hooded Merganser
• Purple Martin
• Mourning Dove
• Barn Swallow
• American Robin
• House Finch
• Eastern or Say’s Phoebe

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Editorial Reviews

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"North American native birds are picky homeowners. Barker (coauthor, The Feeder Watcher’s Guide to Bird Feeding) and freelance writer Wolfson present a useful guide perfect for backyard bird watchers. The book starts with historical content on invasive species, introduced predators, and habitat loss. In addition, readers will find territory maps and material on bird food sources and identification. These projects cover all skill levels and are enhanced by wonderful illustrations. Contributor Chris Willett, a carpenter, provides clear blueprints with exploded views and detailed cut lists. LikeBirdhouses You Can Build in a Day, this informative volume tailors designs to specific species. However, what sets this work apart is the inclusion of research and scientific study results on what makes a home suitable for a particular type of bird. VERDICT The designs here are for enthusiasts who prefer to serve the needs of the birds rather than human aesthetics. This well-organized and meticulously researched book is a winner." - Library Journal
Library Journal
★ 11/15/2013
North American native birds are picky homeowners. Barker (coauthor, The Feeder Watcher's Guide to Bird Feeding) and freelance writer Wolfson present a useful guide perfect for backyard bird watchers. The book starts with historical content on invasive species, introduced predators, and habitat loss. In addition, readers will find territory maps and material on bird food sources and identification. These projects cover all skill levels and are enhanced by wonderful illustrations. Contributor Chris Willett, a carpenter, provides clear blueprints with exploded views and detailed cut lists. Like Birdhouses You Can Build in a Day, this informative volume tailors designs to specific species. However, what sets this work apart is the inclusion of research and scientific study results on what makes a home suitable for a particular type of bird. VERDICT The designs here are for enthusiasts who prefer to serve the needs of the birds rather than human aesthetics. This well-organized and meticulously researched book is a winner.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760342206
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
11/15/2013
Edition description:
First
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
241,443
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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