Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard (Revised)

George Adams (Author)
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"This book will put you on the road to supporting and enjoying the life around you."--Douglas W. Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home

You may already have a bird feeder in your yard, but you can attract a far wider range of species if you create a bird-friendly landscape. Gardening for the Birds shows you exactly how to do it. With profiles of hundreds of native plants, extensive seasonal bloom and fruiting charts, and techniques for creating a balanced ecosystem, this book helps you turn any space--from a small, urban terrace to a large suburban yard--into a home for a fascinating variety of birds. Close-up profiles of birds from across all regions of North America teach you their nesting, breeding, and feeding habits.

Product Details

Timber Press (OR)
Publish Date
July 02, 2013
7.6 X 0.9 X 9.5 inches | 2.25 pounds
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About the Author

George Adams (1894-1963)was born in Poland and received an honors degree in Chemistry from Cambridge University. He was a close student of Rudolf Steiner, and translated many of his lectures given to English-speaking audiences. Being a Jew, when Hitler rose to power he changed his name from Kaufmann to Adams and left Germany for England, where he continued his anthroposophic activities and scientific research. In 1935, Olive Whicher joined Adams in London and worked with him in research into mathematics and physics until his death in 1963. He translated and published numerous books, lectures, and articles.


"Adams' how-to involves the use of native plants as the central structure both for building a cozy bird-welcoming ecosystem and aiding the preservation of North America's distinctive natural heritage. He provides steps for planning, which include providing food, shelter, water, and nesting sites and planting wildflowers. . . . an engaging and inspiring comprehensive guide." --Booklist

"Helpfully detailed and brightly illustrated information about horticulture and garden design strategies. . . . this book will draw birders to gardening; gardeners to birding; and non-gardeners and non-birders to both. The charts are easy to read and the information about birds and bushes is accessibly organized, offering a sublime adventure for the average gardener." --Publishers Weekly

"A beautiful and comprehensive guide. . . . packed with hundreds of color photos of American birds--fiery cardinals, tawny sparrows, blazing bluebirds--and the vast array of attractive plants they prefer for feeding and nesting." --Chicago Tribune

"Adams has written this informative guide to help make even the simplest backyard more hospitable to birds." --Better Homes and Gardens

"If you'd like to create welcoming habitat for the birds most likely to occur in your area, this is the ultimate guide to help you make the best plant selections for doing so." --American Gardener

"If you own only one book about attracting birds--Gardening for the Birds has all the useful information you will need to create your own bird sanctuary in your own garden." --Birds and Blooms

"Among the best we've seen. . . . Adams describes how to develop a landscape plan, lists the best native plants for five regions of North America, and plots blooming times for hummingbird and butterfly flowers." --BirdWatching

"Gardening for the Birds is packed with interesting, useful information about both birds and the native plants they depend on, but it's truly beautiful too. The photographs are excellent, the layout is gorgeous, and there are impressive pen and ink illustrations by the author himself. I would go so far as to say that everyone interested in wildlife gardening should have this book! I have not seen a more thorough treatment of the subject by anyone for the home gardener, and the presentation is a quite a treat as well." --A Charlotte Garden

"This is a very good book about gardening for birds. . . . a fine choice if you're at all interested in attracting birds by gardening for them." --The Metropolitan Field Guide

"Whether you're a gardener who's new to birding or a birder who's new to gardening, I think you'll find Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard a valuable resource and one of those go-to book on your gardening, or is it birding, bookshelf." --Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens