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The Joy of Bird Feeding is the ultimate reference for backyard bird watchers and bird feeders, with a focus on the USA. It offers practical tips and solutions to attracting and identifying birds, offering the best foods for the birds you want to see, and how to deter those unwanted guests to feeding stations. Each chapter focuses on an important aspect of the hobby and guides readers to the essential steps of bird feeding mastery: Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited, Jim Carpenter brings a lifelong passion for birds and bird feeding along with real solutions to make anyone's backyard a paradise for the birds and for bird watchers.
In 1981, Jim Carpenter opened a 700 square foot retail shop on the north side of Indianapolis and named it Wild Birds Unlimited. This unique shop, one of the few open in North America at the time, specialised in all of the supplies that help people attract and enjoy birds in their backyard. Today, there are 300 Wild Birds Unlimited stores in the United States and Canada offering high-quality products and customer service to people who love to feed the birds.
"Nobody in the world knows more about the science and art of feeding wild birds than Jim Carpenter [...] Cover to cover, this fact-filled manual is a delight to read."
– John W. Ftizpatrick, Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology