How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

Dan Rouse. DK, $25 (192p) ISBN 978-1-4654-9937-0
The garden is the best place to start appreciating birds, advises ornithologist Rouse in her vibrant debut. She highlights the many ways an average gardener can attract robust birdlife to a space of any size (“birds don’t care whether you live in a flat with a balcony, in a busy street, or in a house with acres of land”), and offers a reason to welcome the creatures: “With many species declining due to lack of space and nesting opportunities, it’s vitally important that we now take birds into our lives.” Rouse outlines basic bird behavior, detailing which types of birds will make a year-round home and which will migrate, and explains feeding habits based on such characteristics as beak size and foot type. Readers will also find plenty of practical tips; guides for building, maintaining, and cleaning feeders and bird houses; and horticultural insight, such as how to organize a garden to protect birds from predators and diseases while enhancing the beauty of the space: “If all parts of the system are working well, both the yard and its wildlife will flourish.” Complete with photos, this comprehensive guide will bring possibility to both aspiring gardeners and hopeful birders. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 10/13/2020
Release date: 11/01/2020
Genre: Lifestyle
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