National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides)


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“Valuable, as both a reference and as a ‘browsing’ book.” –Bird Watchers Digest

“Like everything published by the National Geographic Society, it’s first rate…many of the bird illustrations painted by the foremost birding artist Jonathan Alderfer…What sets [it] apart is the inclusion of photographs, lists of preferred foods and nesting habitats, seasonal range maps, and keys to identification — all tailored toward the backyard birder. –Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“A great book to give to those backyard birdwatchers in your life–or any friend or neighbor who might appreciate the birds in their yard…attractively designed and chock-full of useful and interesting information…provides many ways to approach, identify, and enjoy birds. Each section includes noteworthy features that make it not only beautiful but useful.” –The Birdchaser

“A handy-sized, easy-to-use tool for backyard birding…The information on each species is superb…fascinating nuggets…” –

“Even inexperienced birders will be able to easily use this highly illustrated guide.”

Book News, Inc.

“National Geographic turns its considerable field guide expertise to birds of the backyard.”


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About the Author

JONATHAN ALDERFER is a nationally known bird artist and author who has worked on a number of National Geographic’s birding books. His previous titles for National Geographic include Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, Illustrated Birds, Birding Essentials, and Complete Birds of North America.

PAUL HESS, former chair of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee, is department editor for the “News and Notes” column in Birding magazine. A retired newspaper editor, he writes an “Ornithological Literature Notes” column for the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology newsletter and has written many articles in the journal of Pennsylvania Birds.

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