BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING: AN ALBERTA GUIDE BY MYRNA PEARMAN
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Product Dimensions: 21.59 x 27.94 / 8.5 x 11 "
Shipping Weight: 380g / 13.4oz
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Publisher: ©2015 Ellis Bird Farm Ltd.
This book is an updated and revised version of Myrna’s very
popular Winter Bird Feeding: An Alberta Guide. Expanded
to include all four seasons, it contains a wealth of
information about how to attract and enjoy backyard
birds throughout the year. It is beautifully illustrated with
line drawings by Alberta artist, Gary Ross, as well as photographs
that have been generously contributed by photographers from
across the Canadian Prairies.
Table of Contents:
1 CHAPTER 1:
Backyard Bird Feeding Basics
1 A Short History
2 Backyard Bird Feeding Issues
5 The Importance of Habitat
6 The Basics of Habitat
8 Bird Feeding Myths
9 Feeder Placement
9 Hand Feeding
9 The Question of Exotics
11 CHAPTER 2:
Watching Feeder Birds
11 Bird Behaviour
15 Surviving Weather Extremes
18 Odd-Looking Birds
19 CHAPTER 3:
20 Ground Feeding
21 Seed Feeder Designs
24 Seed Feeder Stands
24 Types of Seed
30 Dealing with the Mess
31 Seed Feeders to Make at Home
33 CHAPTER 4:
Suet, Sugar Water and Other Offerings
37 Sugar Water
39 Other Offerings
45 CHAPTER 5:
47 Bird Bath Basics
48 Offering Water During the Winter
49 Wintertime Bathing
51 CHAPTER 6:
51 Bears and Other Large Mammals
51 “Bully” Birds
55 Deer and Moose
56 Predatory Birds
58 Sparrows (House)
59 Squirrels and Other Rodents
62 Window Collisions
64 Backyard First Aid
65 Wearing Out Their Welcome
67 CHAPTER 7:
Backyard Feeder Birds
76 Jays, Crows, Ravens and Magpies
101 Odd and Unusual
I so appreciate your sending a copy of your beautiful new book to me!
Flipped it open to the shots of ermine, marten and fisher raiding suet
feeders and said, WHOA we are not in Ohio any more!! LOvE it! Thanks for
including my Improved Zick Dough recipe and the links. You're awesome and
so is this book!
-Julie Zickefoose- Artist
Good morning Myrna,
I was very pleased to have a chance to meet you last weekend at your Wildbird General Store book launch. The book looks wonderful and is chock-full of great information. I’ll be giving copies away as Christmas gifts to my birding friends this year!
I showed my children the two photos of mine that were included – they recognized the birds right away, especially the Northern Flicker on the first page. My son commented “our bird is famous!” and said he likes how birds “point their beaks straight up in the air when they drink, sort of like a wolf howling at the moon.”
Thanks again for the opportunity to contribute photos to the book; you’re right that it sort of feels like a “family” photo album!
-Wendy Peters-Edmonton"This beautiful bird feeding guide will help you attract more species to
your yard and help you learn about our remarkable avian neighbours!” Whether you are just getting started or have been feeding backyard birds for many
years, this book will teach, entertain and delight!
All proceeds from the sales of this book support the education, conservation, and research programs of Ellis Bird FarmTESTIMONIALSThis book is amazing!!! I am on page 52 and literally can't wait to finish it. I am learning a lot of things that I didn't know. You have outdone yourself with this book, it will make such a wonderful Christmas gift. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Can't wait to have you sign my copy (every page) ha ha!!
-Kristin Brown-Schoepp Co-owner, Wild Bird Store Calgary
Superb book-comprehensive, relevant, complete "how-to" guide! I look forward to reading it in detail!!
Thank you for the copy! I have classes coming up this spring in Metro Continuing Education (Wild Bird ID and Wildlife Photography) and will be sure to promote this fine book!
Just received your awesome book in the mail this week - thanks so much! My kids love it and I'm looking fwd to employing a lot of the ideas in my own backyard. Cheers,
-Tim Hopwood website
Happy New Year, Myrna.
Your book is a treasure. All the amazing work you did to put this together
will be beneficial for so many to use and enjoy!
The knowledge you have shared is so extensive. It is hard to think of any
topic you have not included in your guide. I am learning all kinds of
tidbits from scanning through it. Now it’s time to read it cover to cover!
Your photos are excellent and illustrate the points you are making so
well. You have supplemented them with a good variety from other
submitters. I feel very honoured to be among them!
-Diane Stinson-Calgary, AB
Myrna, I am one of those who heard Brian Keating's review of your book on CBC and bought a copy. And another copy for a gift.
Your book is so rich in providing information, knowledge, and insight into our local Bird family. I am not a birder. I have no technical knowledge about birds. I do not yet have Bird feeders. What I do have is a little yard full of trees and a no herbicides, no pesticide, no fertilizer way of life. My birds somehow understand this. They come to bushes very near me when I'm in the front and then move to sit on the branches of trees near me when I am in the back yard.
So, when I heard Brian talking about your book, I was thinking, " Is there something I can do respectfully and responsibly for my birds?"
Your book provides the guidance I need.