Birding 101

When the trees start looking bare, the landscape can seem dreary. But there is still plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. Autumn is a great time to try bird watching. With less leaves on trees it can be easier to spot birds, and fall migrations can bring different species to your backyard.

For information on attracting birds to your backyard check out "Backyard Birding: Using Natural Gardening to Attract Birds" by Julie Zickefoose or "Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds: A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants" by Rachael Lanicci.

National Geographic offers a comprehensive birding resource in "The Bird Watcher's Bible: A Complete Treasury - Science, Know-How, Beauty, Lore" edited by Jonathan Alderfer.

To learn more about bird behavior there is Jon Young's "What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World" or T. R. Birkhead's "Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird."

Of course, an identification guide is essential. "The Crossley ID Guide" features pictures of birds from different angles and distances to provide a more natural view of what you might see. The "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America" covers over 600 birds found east of the Rocky Mountains.

Happy birding!

--Jennifer A., Headquarters

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