for the BIRDS [Book Review]
The book “for the BIRDS: A Month-by-Month Guide to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard” was written by three sisters “Anne Schmauss”, “Mary Schmauss” and “Geni Krolick”. I found this book just as cute inside as it appears on the outside cover. The first 50 pages gets into the basics explaining the pro and cons of different seed types, bird suet, nectar, bird baths, and nest boxes that should be used in the habitat that you have created in your backyard. The rest of the book is broken down into a month-by-month explanation of expected birds that you would find at your feeder, suggested seed mixtures to be used and other backyard tips to improve the birds in your yard for that month.
This is a wonderful book for anyone having problems attracting birds to your yard and if you are new to bird feeding. This book is ever better for families with kids in teaching the children how to connect with nature. Some of my favorite parts of the book are the Kids Projects like “ Fill netting bags such as mesh onion bags with pet fur, wool, or very short yarn pieces and hang them from a tree branch. Birds will gather the soft materials to line their nest”. I also like that the authors included pages after each month to record some of your own observations. Not only will you be using this book monthly but you will find yourself looking back into the book to see what birds you had the previous year! The authors found a very creative way to keep this book on everyone’s counters throughout the year!
Obviously the authors couldn’t focus their book on one general area but it was designed to be universally used across North America. Generally . . . . it does cover birds that you would find in your yard and does repeat a few things in the month-by-month reports . Overall it is a great little book to have in your kitchen counter and a perfect gift for anyone that enjoys feeding the birds (or a gift for your neighbors if you want to improve the birds in their yard)! You can visit the Steward, Tabori and Chang website for more information on this fantastic book “for the Birds”!
The publicity individual who contacted me about reviewing this book had kindly agreed to send me a second copy to give away to one of my viewers. I asked back in September for some suggestions on how to give this book away . . . . . multiple people suggested using a random number generator to decide who would get the book. So, comment below and if you’re the first person to comment your number 1 and if you’re the 10th person to comment your number is 10 . . . etc . . . ! I will use an online tool Friday evening to help me decide who will win the book!! Good luck and if you don’t win . . . be sure to get the book at your local bookstore.
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