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Bird Watching Answer Book : Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Birds in Your Backyard and Beyond

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Science writer Erickson crams a lot of information about birds into this deceptively small book. Mainly using a Q&A format, she answers a huge number of the questions that beginning birders have about feeding and watching birds, bird behavior and reproduction, birdsong, and bird anatomy. (How do birds learn their songs? Is there really a bird that moonwalks?) Readers needing help with bird identification should look elsewhere, but those who want to learn a lot about birds very quickly will not be disappointed by Erickson's volume. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
There are more than 76 million birdwatchers in America--from casual backyard observers to seasoned birders. At some point, every bird-watcher has a question not answered in traditional field guides. How many feathers does a bird have? Do birds sleep while in flight?

When such questions arise, birders turn to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world's leading authority on birds and an information clearinghouse for bird-watchers of all levels. Now, the lab's most often-asked questions about bird behavior are answered in a concise, friendly volume, The Bird Watching Answer Book, by the Cornell Lab's science editor, Laura Erickson.

This handy little reference answers real life questions that have been sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology by birders of all levels from across North America. Erickson's expert answers give readers the companionship of a professional ornithologist as they observe their avian companions. The book's tone is friendly and accessible, even as the answers demonstrate a tremendous depth and breadth of knowledge.

Many questions help birders keep their feathered friends safe and healthy--from the baby bird found lying on the sidewalk, to the flocks whose migration patterns can be disrupted by human activity. Some questions address bird quirks and curiosities, while others get to the truth about common myths, such as whether throwing rice at weddings is harmful to birds or whether albatrosses can actually stay airborne for two years. For every question, Erickson provides an answer that is practical, engaging, entertaining, and astute.
Number of Pages: 388
Genre: Nature
Sub-Genre: Birds + Birdwatching
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Workman Pub Co
Author: Laura Erickson
Language: English
Street Date: November 4, 2009
TCIN: 11655592
UPC: 9781603424523
Item Number (DPCI): 248-13-8107
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Poor condition, I would have much rather purchased a used copy.

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Me 3 years ago
Poor condition. Binding and cover damaged, frayed edges. Bent cover. Would have purchased a used copy rather than a 'new' copy that was damaged and worn.
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