Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends

Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends


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Counting Birds is a nonfiction picture book that tells the story behind bird counting and how everyday kids can take part in protecting bird species near and far.

What can you do to help endangered animals and make a positive change in our environment? Get counting! Counting Birds is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces kids to the idea of bird counts and bird watches. Along the way, they will learn about Frank Chapman, who used his bird knowledge and magazine Bird-Lore to found the first annual bird count.

Bird counting helps professional researchers collect data, share experience, and spread valuable information to help all kinds of birds around the world, from condors to hawks to kestrels and more. Counting Birds, the first in the Young Naturalist series, introduces kids to a whole feathered world that will fascinate and inspire them to become involved in conservation and become citizen scientists!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633226043
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Young Naturalist Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 347,785
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple grew up in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and after 18 years of living elsewhere, she has returned. She has also returned to the family business—writing children’s books—after working as a probation/parole officer and a private investigator. Heidi is Jane Yolen’s daughter and sometimes writing partner. They’ve co-authored several books together, including their History Mystery series (S&S) and Not All Princesses Dress in Pink (S&S). They also worked together on the nonfiction middle-grade  Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderers, Thieves, and Other Female Villains (Charlesbridge, 2013), and their most recent picture book, You Nest Here with Me illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Boyds Mills Press, 2015). Heidi "starred" in her mother's 1988 Caldecott-winning book, Owl Moon.

Clover Robin is a surface pattern designer, collage artist, and illustrator. She grew up in glorious Devon before training at and graduating from Leeds College of Art and Design in 2007, and then earning a master's degree from Central Saint Martins in 2009. Clover delights in nature and all things botanical, inspired by a childhood of woodland walks, countryside rambles, and fossil hunting by the sea. She is currently based in Greenwich, London, where all of her artwork is lovingly handcrafted and created. She is the illustrator of the books  Cut Paper Pictures and  Counting Birds. Clients include: Paul Smith, Mollie Makes, Samworth Brothers, Project Calm Magazine, Angel Cab, Otter Garden Centres, AB foods, Princeton Architectural Press, The National Trust, Little Tiger Books, Filbert Press, Quarto Books, Macmillan Publishing, and Almanac Cards.

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Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TeresaR More than 1 year ago
As a family of birders, we are well familiar with the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. However, I did not know of the story behind the event, and how it got started. Enter this beautifully illustrated book, Counting Birds. Through the fun and lyrical text, we get to learn about the birth of the idea and all the ways it benefits birds and people and science. Knowing all this makes our membership with the organization even more meaningful! I bought a copy of this for me, and one each for friends the kids of some of my friends. I highly recommend it for any birding enthusiast or naturalist.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Counting Birds is a story about something I had no idea about. It starts by telling us the story of Frank Chapman and his disgust at the annual Christmas tradition of going outside and shooting as many birds as you could for fun. This was back in the late 1800s and early 1900s when people were beginning to think about conservation. He came up with an idea to stop the killing of the birds, but preserving "the hunt". He published it in his magazine, Bird-Lore, which is now the Audubon Magazine. His idea of an annual "bird count" has since developed into a worldwide conservation project organized by the Audubon Society. This book celebrates the joy of discovery and conservation of our feathered friends, while enjoying and appreciating them in the wild. The last few pages gives information on how the bird count works, and how the average citizen can participate. One interesting tidbit, if you ever read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen about calling owls, this book is written by her daughter, the young girl in that story. There is a brief biography of Frank Chapman at the back, a hero to animals, that I had never heard of before. The story is accompanied by great illustrations, including many of the birds counted, and would interest anyone who loves animals,especially birds. This would make a great addition to a family, public or school library. What a great project for a family to take on together. The publisher, Seagrass Press, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you know a child who loves nature? One who is interested in birds? If yes, this could be a lovely addition to their bookshelf. There is lots of talk about the environment these days. In this book, children will discover that nature and preservation were being discussed in 1900 as well. This book tells the story of Frank Chapman and his contributions. About Mr. C: "He worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City...He wrote book and magazine articles about birds. He studied birds' habits and habitats...Frank Chapman loved birds." Mr Chapman was dismayed by sport hunting that took place on Christmas Day. He initiated changes that led to bird counts rather than bird culls. This book tells how he did that and how today's young explorers can become bird counters too. The book has informative illustrations. These include pictures of a number of bird species. There are additional resources and suggestions at the back of the book. The note from the author is also interesting. We learn that she was the little girl in Jane Yolen's book, Owl Moon. Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto for this great book on nature and birds.
McMarshall More than 1 year ago
It is immediately obvious that this book was a labor of love for the author and the illustrator. Heidi Stemple's experiences, and love of birds and birding, shine through the entire book. Through cut paper illustrations, Clover Robin creates amazingly detailed and textural images of Frank's study, unique bird habitats, and intricate images of the birds themselves. Fred Chapman worked with, studied, and adored birds. So naturally, the Christmas tradition of competing to see who could shoot the greatest number of birds sickened him. Fred proposed a different hunt - a bird count. This nonfiction book explores how what began as a desire to change a heart-breaking tradition and encourage the public's appreciation of birds and the environment, grew into an inclusive (all birds, all birders, and all countries are welcome) world-wide citizen science event. One that has contributed to the scientific knowledge of bird migrations, habitat, climate change, endangered species, and bird recoveries. Instead of competing for a head count of dead birds, the world now competes for the most birds spotted, the rarest bird observed, and a chance to break species and overall count records. This book is both a celebration of this remarkable man and a call for kids, schools, and adults to join in the fun of citizen science projects and help protect these precious co-residents of earth.
Bellasgram1217 More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Frank Chapman who worked for the American Museum of National History in New York. In 1899 he began his own magazine called Bird Love. He found that more and more birds where being killed and wanted to protect them from extinction. He started a bird watcher group around Christmas time to track all the birds people see by counting and recording. It spread throughout the world. Bird Love magazine became the Audubon Magazine and in 2016 they had their 117th count. This is a great thing to do for a family outing and to get children into nature and appreciate the birds and wildlife we have today. The back of the book tells you how to get involved with the count and other ways to help the birds too. This book has nice illustrations and illustrations of some of the birds. I recommend this to 5+ year olds. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion