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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America

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Essential for the estimated 62 million Americans who watch and feed birds in their backyards—from the experts at National Geographic and co-author of the popular and perennial best sellerField Guide to the Birds of North America.

No matter where you live—in the country, city, a high-rise or house—this handy guide will quench your curiosity about the feathered creatures in y
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by National Geographic
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John
Jun 30, 2011 John rated it liked it
Shelves: birds, nature, wildlife
Good coverage of backyard birds and how to feed them. A comprehensive field guide is better for identifying birds beyond the backyard. My full review.
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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America by Jonathan Alderfer
Informational Nonfiction
Target Audience: 4th-8th Grades

Twin Text #3: The Conference of the Birds by Alexis York Lumbard. I chose this book to match National Geographic because it has a really fun way of giving birds personalities. National Geographic shows us how birds communicate with their voices, The Conference of the Birds will keep a child's attention and add interest to birds, a topic which might otherwise
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Leslie
Jul 07, 2011 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Serious birders have multiple field guides scattered around their house and in the car. Most of these types of field guides are too comprehensive for the casual bird watcher who just wants to know what kind of bird is at their feeder or singing that lovely song.

The guide I use the most is my National Geographic guide, so I’m a little partial to their newest version which is aimed at the backyard bird watcher. It focuses on the 150 most common species that one is likely to encounter in the yard o
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Sarah
Mar 20, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A great resource for beginning birders. The illustrations are very accurate. The information about each species is very clear, informative and the book itself is well organized.
Cathy
Apr 17, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This bird guide has information on habitats, behavior, preferred food and nesting of each species which many newer bird guides lack. Great for beginning birders.
Beth
May 19, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for identification of local birds!
Sara
Jul 26, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
Superb book for amateur birders showing wonderful pictures with range, food, migrations, and descriptions of over 150 birds including ways to identify them by size, color, shape of wing and head, etc.
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Good reference book with pictures of birds throughout the seasons, range, nesting, food.
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Jonathan K. Alderfer is an art consultant and a bird artist whose illustrations appear in National Geographic field guides. He began his career as a painter in the 1980s as an illustrator of articles for The Western Tanager, the Los Angeles Audubon Society's newsletter.
Jonathan is an avid, expert birder.
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