The Audubon Birdhouse Book
Introducing the Audubon Birdhouse Book. A DIY Guide that helps you build and safely place your own birdhouses for more than 20 North American bird species.
Easy to follow instructions; great for the novice to the most experienced woodworker. Each box includes:
- Cut Lists
- Step-by-Step Photograpy
In addition, this practical and beautifully presented guide is packed with color photography and information about the bird species covered. Finally, beyond the birdhouses, you'll find out how you can contribute to the larger birding community and even enhance your birding experience with the aid of new technologies.
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Did the Carolina wren lay her eggs in your cousin's bike helmet again? Does your neighbor want to lure the local screech owl pair to her backyard trees? Treat them to the Audubon Birdhouse Book, which offers 15 building plans for nesting boxes and shelves specifically designed for more than 30 species. Clear directions and step-by-step photographs allow anyone to construct safe homes for their favorite birds. Well beyond a how-to guide, this book will captivate any bird lover. Species' profiles depict their habits and why they need our help. "Behind the Design" details the evolution of each box and explains why the barn owls' home needs an elliptical hole and why bluebird houses have slanted roofs. Each chapter is peppered with historical notes, nest box experts' advice and hanging tips. Stunning photographs worthy of any coffee table make this book a page-turning delight.
Margaret Barker, of Shady Side knows birds. She's worked at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on Project FeederWatch and other bird education programs. Her articles have appeared in many birding magazines, and she co-authored The FeederWatcher's Guide to Bird Feeding. See her this spring at the Annapolis Bookstore, April 12; Deale Library, April 19, and at Annapolis' Wild Bird Center.
-Dotty Holcomb Doherty
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 The book starts with historical content on invasive species, introduced predators, and habitat loss.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.