192 pages, colour illustrations
Birding for the Curious isn't for a birder. It's for the huge audience of people who hike, maybe have bird feeders, and generally enjoy nature. With this book, the naturalist will discover an incredible and rewarding new adventure in the beautiful world of birds. Birding for the Curious is packed with easy and fun activities and information about birds, how to find them and their part in the nature around us. The information in this book will not only help you identify and learn more about birds, but you'll have a blast doing it. Nate Swick, member of the American Birding Association, has compiled chapters upon chapters of interesting, unique and informative birding knowledge, followed by activities that use the skills you learned. So not only will you learn things like what kind of birds you're looking at around the neighbourhood, how to decipher different bird calls, and how to bring the birds to your backyard, but you'll complete fun activities like creating a list of the most popular birds in your area, creating a sound map of bird calls, and making a feeder for your backyard.
"[...] That birding is a fun, fulfilling, and accessible hobby should be an inescapable conclusion to anyone who reads Birding for the Curious: The Easiest Way for Anyone to Explore the Incredible World of Birds. This book is ideal for anyone who enjoys birds and contemplates taking that next step into birding. It will nudge you along, guiding you through what you need to know, without burdening with too much information. To those who have already committed to giving birding a try, or who crave all the information they can get, I would recommend Pete Dunne on Bird Watching (2nd edition). It elaborates further on many topics, and goes on to discuss things such as spotting scopes and specialty bird guides."
– Grant McCreary (20-09-2015), read the full review at The Birder's Library
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Nate Swick has been a birder for over 10 years. He is a member of the American Birding Association and blogs for 10,000birds.com, the ABA blog and his own blog, The Drinking Bird. Additionally, Nate leads trips for the Carolina Bird Club and serves on the North Carolina Bird Records Committee. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.