Birdwatching is a pastime shared by millions of people. Now you can enjoy your favorite hobby close to home by making your backyard a destination for birds. Donald S. Heintzelman, a preeminent ornithologist and nature photographer, tells you all you need to know about bird identification, bird feeders, houses, and baths, protective trees and shrubs, and how to garden to make your backyard attractive to many different species of birds.
More and more gardeners are emphasizing the use of native plants to enhance backyard environments, which is crucial to protecting and restoring bird habitats. Success stories from birders across the country who have created outstanding backyards are included, along with garden and landscape plans and plant lists for various regions of the country. You'll also find sources for Internet websites and links, and contact information for retailers and manufacturers of birdwatching equipment, and birdwatching organizations and government agencies.
Comprehensive and inviting, The Complete Backyard Birdwatcher's Home Companion is the perfect resource to help you gain a greater appreciation of the wonders of nature right in your own backyard.
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Companies, The|
|Product dimensions:||7.35(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.83(d)|
Table of Contents
1. Basic Birdwatching
2. The Natural History of Birds
3. Equipment for Birdwatching
4. Bird Identification and Field Guides
5. Creating a Backyard Habitat
6. Bird Feeders
7. Nest Boxes
8. Water and Shelter
9. Problems in Backyard Habitats
10. The Active Birder
11. Expanding Your Horizons
Appendix 1. Birding and Habitat Enhancement Organizations
Appendix 2. Government Programs
Appendix 3. Birding on the Internet
Appendix 4. Company Addresses
Appendix 5. Suppliers of Purple Martin Houses and Bluebird Boxes
Appendix 6. Further Reading
About the Author
A color insert may be found after page 134
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We have a shelf of bird books but none, so far, has been as complete and helpful as this one. The author is well know and highly respected in his field. The book is beautifully printed and organized, meticulously researched with valuable help and information for every level or bird enthusiast from beginner to expert. The Internet links are up-to-date and make available valuable additional information. I recommend this book without reservation to everyone who is interested in birds, wants to learn more about them, set up or enhance a habitat, photograph or simply enjoy these wonderful and fascinating creatures. This book also makes an excellent gift.
This is exactly what its cover promises: a single-source reference for all your needs.' I've seen many recent publications that discuss some, but not nearly all, of the birdwatching topics that Mr. Heintzelman presents in up-to-date detail. He is not only informative but also inspirational in the suggestions he offers for landscaping, nest boxes, feeders, water and shelter, and controlling pests and predators. Two other good chapters include tips on identifying birds and an easy-to-grasp introduction to birds' natural history. An especially valuable feature concludes the book. Usually an appendix isn't much more than an afterthought, but that's not the case here. Six important appendices list information for contacting bird-oriented sites, organizations, government programs, and companies that sell equipment, plus suggestions for further reading. I've had the book only a week, and I'm already using those handy lists. Overall, this is a very attractive and useful resource for the backyard birdwatcher.
Donald S. Heintzelman's new book 'The Complete Backyard Birdwatcher's Home Companion' is an informative guide for anyone, especially beginners and intermediate level birdwatchers, interested in learning about the birds that we see around us on our journey through life. The book is amazing, because it is indeed complete. It covers not only a concise history about birds and how they evolved with their different features. It also deals with all the 'how to's' of birdwatching and identification and shows how we can responsibly attract birds to our own backyards. The book gives innumerable tips on feeding, housing and birdwatching equipment and generously shares resources. Truly this book is a treasure for the beginning and intermediate level backyard birder.