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The Backyard Birdhouse Book
Building Nestboxes and Creating Natural Habitats
By Rene and Christyna M. Laubach
To learn to identify birds and interpret bird language, you could go out in search of birds to study, but you might also consider methods to bring the birds to you. The Backyard Birdhouse Book is one such resource, which will help you to attract native birds right to your yard.
The Backyard Birdhouse Book teŚches you what type of birdhouses to build to attract specific types of birds--and just as importantly--the best places to install the birdhouses. In essence, some birds will prefer a house that is close to shrubbery, while others will prefer a house in the open.
The book also addresses user conflicts. For example, if your goal is to attract bluebirds, but tree swallows move into your bluebird house, then you might install a second birdhouse nearby. The tree swallows are too territorial to allow other swallows to live close by, but they will tolerate the bluebirds.
The authors provide tips to discourage predators from getting the eggs or nestlings, plus they include monitoring and record keeping suggestions, as well as ideas to organize and participate in conservation programs. With the aid of this book, you will be able to provide greatly needed habitat for cavity nesting birds while bringing nature to your doorsteop for easier observation and appreciation.