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Feeding Wild Birds in America

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Today, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than fifty million Americans feed birds around their homes, and over the last sixty years, billions of pounds of birdseed have filled millions of feeders in backyards everywhere. Feeding Wild Birds in America tells why and how a modest act of provision has become such a pervasive, popular, and often passionate aspect of people's lives. Each chapter provides details on one or more bird-feeding development or trend including the "discovery" of seeds, the invention of different kinds of feeders, and the creation of new companies. Also woven into the book are the worlds of education, publishing, commerce, professional ornithology, and citizen science, all of which have embraced bird feeding at different times and from different perspectives. The authors take a decade-by-decade approach starting in the late nineteenth century, providing a historical overview in each chapter before covering topical developments (such as hummingbird feeding and birdbaths). On the one hand, they show that the story of bird feeding is one of entrepreneurial invention; on the other hand, they reveal how Americans, through a seemingly simple practice, have come to value the natural world.
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Paul J. Baicich is a conservation writer and editor and an avitourism consultant. He lives in Maryland, USA.Margaret A. Barker, a writer and educator in the Chesapeake Bay area, coordinated the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch.Carrol L. Henderson is supervisor of Minnesota's Nongame Wildlife Program in the Department of Natural Resources.


"As you put up a bird feeder, unwrap suet cakes, spread out black-oil sunflower seed, and install a dripping birdbath, you will appreciate how far the bird-feeding hobby has come and the efforts of those who preceded us. As you read this book, those efforts become fascinating connections important to us all." --George H. Petrides, Sr., Chairman and Founder, Wild Bird Centers of America--George H. Petrides, Sr. (12/15/2014) "This is a great book, becuase it is full of stuff you would never have thought important or interesting, but that is, in fact, important and interesting. This book is engaging, compelling, and just plain cool." -- Science Blogs--Greg Laden"Science Blogs" (03/01/2016)

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