Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard

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You may already have a bird feeder in your yard, but you can attract a far wider range of species, and they will stay longer, if you create a bird-friendly landscape. Gardening for the Birds shows you how.

With the right native plants, arranged to mimic natural ecosystems, you will provide birds with food, water, shelter, and nesting places. Instead of just visiting your garden to snack, birds will call it home.

With hundreds of native plants, ...

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Overview

You may already have a bird feeder in your yard, but you can attract a far wider range of species, and they will stay longer, if you create a bird-friendly landscape. Gardening for the Birds shows you how.

With the right native plants, arranged to mimic natural ecosystems, you will provide birds with food, water, shelter, and nesting places. Instead of just visiting your garden to snack, birds will call it home.

With hundreds of native plants, extensive seasonal bloom and fruiting charts, and the techniques for creating a balanced ecosystem, this book helps you turn any space—from a small, urban terrace to a large suburban yard—into a home for a fascinating variety of birds. Close-up profiles of birds from across all regions of North America teach you their nesting, breeding, and feeding habits.

Birding and gardening are natural companions: let this rich compendium help you make your garden a sanctuary for the local bird population and yourself!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Adams’s latest, which expands and revises a nearly 20-year-old work, is a win-win-win. The first win is the book’s cogent, helpfully detailed and brightly illustrated information about horticulture and garden design strategies. The second win can be found in the book’s seamless marriage of impressive information about ornithology to stunning photographs. The third relates to the prospective readership and happy cross-pollination of audiences: this book will draw birders to gardening; gardeners to birding; and nongardeners and nonbirders to both. The charts are easy to read and the information about birds and bushes is accessibly organized, offering a sublime adventure for the average gardener. (June)
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“Adams’ how-to involves the use of native plants as the central structure both for building a cozy bird-welcoming ecosystem and aiding the preservation of North America’s distinctive natural heritage. He provides steps for planning, which include providing food, shelter, water, and nesting sites and planting wildflowers. .. an engaging and inspiring comprehensive guide.”
Birds and Blooms Editors
“If you’re looking for a little help getting from point A to point B, you’ll want to check out this book… a terrific resource, with hundreds of plant recommendations organized nicely by region."
Birds & Blooms Blog - Noelle Johnson
“If you own only one book about attracting birds – Gardening for the Birds has all the useful information you will need to create your own bird sanctuary in your own garden.”
Norwalk Citizen - Ruth Freeman
Gardening for the Birds by George Adams is a primer for anyone interested in creating bird friendly habitat in their suburban yard. It is clear and helpful, with numerous photographs of birds, and the plants they need to support nesting and feeding. The emphasis is on native plants that attract and sustain our avian friends. This is for any reader who would like to attract a goldfinch flock without having to spend a small fortune on niger seed.”
The Succulent Perch
“With the guidance of Mr. Adams you can ‘get your creative on’ and have fun developing an inviting garden for yourself and for our feathered companions.”
Gardening with Nature
"A book that provides a primer for anyone who is interested in creating a bird-friendly habitat in their yard. It should find a place on the bookshelves of gardeners and birders alike. And, yes, they are quite often the same people."
A Charlotte Garden
"I would go so far as to say that everyone interested in wildlife gardening should have this book! I have not seen a more thorough treatment of the subject by anyone for the home gardener, and the presentation is a quite a treat as well.'
NativePlantWildlifeGarden.com - Debbie Roberts
Whether you’re a gardener who’s new to birding or a birder who’s new to gardening, I think you’ll find Gardening for the Birds a valuable resource and one of those go-to book on your gardening, or is it birding, bookshelf.
The Fresno Bee
"This book is chock full of information on attracting not only birds in general, but also butterflies and hummingbirds into your yard.”
The American Gardener - Carol Sevilla Brown
“If you'd like to create welcoming habitat for the birds most likely to occur in your area, this is the ultimate guide to help you make the best plant selections for doing so.”
The Virginian-Pilot
“This book is for the birds—in a good way!”
The Metropolitan Field Guide - Kelly Brenner
“This is a very good book about gardening for birds… a fine choice if you’re at all interested in attracting birds by gardening for them.”
The Muskogee Phoenix - Molly Day

“George Adams’ new book, Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard, has over 400 pages of tips, plant lists, regional gardening help, bird directory and a plant directory.”

Big Blog of Gardening - Todd Heft

“Adams has written one heck of a good book, organized very smartly for those who might have just a casual interest in birds, and for those who want to create a habitat to attract specific species.”

Country Gardens

“Adams has written this informative guide to help make even the simplest backyard more hospitable to birds.”

The Chicago Tribune

“A beautiful and comprehensive guide… packed with hundreds of color photos of American birds--fiery cardinals, tawny sparrows, blazing bluebirds--and the vast array of attractive plants they prefer for feeding and nesting.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604694093
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 220,526
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George Adams is an avid birdwatcher, a landscape designer, a wildlife artist, and a photographer.

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