Produced with the National Audubon Society, this colourful book explains how to build and place functional bird homes that are safe and appropriate for more than 20 classic North American species.
Birders know that you need the right house to attract the right bird – and we're not talking trim colour. An entrance hole that's 1/8 inch too big or too small spells trouble, as does a roof that leaks or a floor that doesn't drain. With the Audubon Birdhouse Book you can build safe, species-appropriate houses for your favourite birds. Follow step-by-step photos and detailed instructions to create the right nest box, plus learn how and where to mount it to increase the chances that breeding birds will move in and nest.
Want bluebirds nesting nearby? They'll be delighted to take up residence in a leakproof, pestproof, easy-to-build nest box. The profiles, photos, and range maps in the bluebird section will tell you if you've got Eastern, Western, or Mountain Bluebirds in your region, how many eggs to expect, how long before the youngsters leave the nest, and other useful facts. Armed with the Audubon Birdhouse Book, you can build a simple wire basket for a mourning dove, a large wooden box for a barn owl, a multibranched gourd rack for the sociable purple martin, or any one of a dozen other nest boxes for popular birds.
Build an Audubon-approved home for these species:
- Bewick's, Carolina, or House Wren
- Prothonotary Warbler
- Ash-throated or Great Crested Flycatcher
- Tree swallow or Violet-green swallow
- Juniper, Oak, Black-crested, or Tufted Titmouse
- Barred Owl
- Eastern or Western Screech-owl
- Barn Owl
- Northern Flicker
- American Kestrel
- Black-capped, Carolina, or Mountain Chickadee
- Wood Duck
- Hooded Merganser
- Purple Martin
- Mourning Dove
- Barn Swallow
- American Robin
- House Finch
- Eastern or Say's Phoebe
Margaret A. Barker is a writer and educator in the Chesapeake Bay region. Following a broadcast journalism career in the Southeast, she received a master's degree in environmental education. She served as coordinator of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch for six years and later managed the Kids Growing Food school garden program for Cornell's Department of Education. She wrote the Backyard Birding column for the Ithaca Journal newspaper for seven years and co-authored (with Jack Griggs) The FeederWatcher's Guide to Bird Feeding (HarperCollins, 2000). Her work has appeared in publications such as Birder's World and Bird Watcher's Digest
Elissa Wolfson is a freelance writer and editor for a variety of science, environmental, botanical, ornithological, and animal-related publications. After receiving a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, she worked as an environmental educator for nearly a decade prior to receiving a master's from Montclair State College and transitioning into environmental journalism. Editorial clients have included the National Audubon Society, Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology, and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the author of the book 101 Cool Games for Cool Cats and a former editor at E: The Environmental Magazine and Cornell Plantations, the botanical garden of Cornell University.
Chris Willett is a craftsman and contractor in upstate New York, specializing in green building techniques, energy efficiency, and solar technologies. His academic work in environmental studies has included researching the effects of avian malaria on native Hawaiian bird populations, working to protect and preserve the endangered Marianas Crow's habitat in the Northern Marianas Islands, and banding raptors throughout New York State. He is currently developing a new business, Bird Brain Bungalows, in order to create ecologically sound, creative, and efficient habitats and homes for many avian species as well as flying mammals and honey bees.
Stephen Kress, author of The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds, is vice-president for bird conservation for the National Audubon Society and director of the Hog Island Audubon Camp. He also teaches a popular birding course at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. As director of Audubon's Project Puffin, he has restored puffins and other rare and endangered seabirds to islands on the Maine coast and other locations worldwide. Taking his interest in bird restoration to backyards and larger habitats, he has developed methods for creating bird-friendly habitats using nest boxes made with native plants.