About the Book Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids
is an exciting introduction to the world of birding for kids (and their parents), from ID'ing common species to creating safe species-appropriate habitats, homes, and feeders for common songbirds.
Book Synopsis * 2021 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in Hands-On Science Longlist
* 2021 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids introduces you and your children to the love of all things birding.
Whether exploring the forest, the backyard, or the city, you and your kids will learn about the habits of North America's most popular songbirds
, how to create safe and welcoming environments for them, how to observe
them, and how to construct easy and safe species-appropriate birdhouses
for common birds. The bird ID
section includes descriptions of species
and range maps
Kids will also find 20 exciting activities and games
(10 indoor, 10 outdoor), including how to form birding groups, scavenger hunts, and a birdsong listening game. In addition to practical, field-tested knowledge and fascinating information about the species covered, this guide is packed with beautiful color photography
Since all the information presented is the product of years of National Audubon Society
expertise, both you and your kids can be sure you're getting the best advice before setting about your birding adventures.
"What kind of crows always stick together? Vel-crows!" A corny animal joke never fails to draw in children of all ages, and Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids
knows it. The book peppers bird jokes throughout profiles of 25 common species along with field marks, cool facts, and conservation notes. Parts read as more aspirational than age-appropriate ("How you can help" the Turkey Vulture: "Support lead-free ammunition") but overall the book pursues a fun and thoughtful approach to hooking kids on birding and conservation. The second half is chock-full of bird games and activities (some basic, some more complicated) designed to take advantage of both the great outdoors and indoors. Kids can pick and choose their adventure and still walk away with a deeper understanding of birds and how to help them."--Audubon Society
About the Author
Elissa Wolfson has written and edited numerous environmental, botanical, ornithological, and veterinary publications. After graduating from Cornell University, she worked as an environmental educator for a decade, earned an MS degree, and transitioned into environmental journalism. Her clients include the National Audubon Society and Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology and College of Veterinary Medicine. She is former editor of E, The Environmental Magazine, and Cornell Plantations Magazine, current editor of Rationality and Society, author of 101 Cool Games for Cool Cats, and co-author of Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids, the Audubon Birdhouse Book, and the American Museum of Natural History Pocket Birds of North America, Eastern and Western Regions.
Margaret A. Barker, a Chesapeake Bay-area writer and educator, grew up watching feeder birds in East Tennessee thanks to her bird-loving mother and grandmother. Covering environmental stories during a broadcast journalism career in the southeast, including at WGST, Atlanta, led to an MS degree via the Audubon Expedition Institute and an internship with Audubon's Washington, DC, office. She managed the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch and later the Kids Growing Food school garden program for Cornell's Department of Education. She writes for newspapers and magazines, and she is co-author of Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids, the Audubon Birdhouse Book, The FeederWatcher's Guide to Bird Feeding, and Feeding Wild Birds in America.