All About Backyard Birds: Eastern & Central North America

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-04-11
  • Publisher: Cornell Lab Publishing Group
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First in a series of beginner to novice birding books based on the #1 birding website (16MM unique users), AllAboutBirds.org from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the leading authority and voice for birders.

All About Backyard Birds builds on the huge success of the Cornell Lab's renowned website to translate and deliver best-in-class content and proven user-friendly formats into print. Eastern/Central North America and Western North America versions each provide 120 of the most popular species in each region, filled with beautiful hand illustrations by Pedro Fernandes, charts and maps, and other easy tools that make All About Backyard Birds more approachable than other birding books to beginner and novice birders.

All About Backyard Birds also includes a free download and tutorial of MERLIN®, an interactive GPS-based bird identification multimedia App, available on iTunes and Android stores (and already used by more than 1MM birders), plus our new FREE downloadable Bird QR book companion app to tap-to-listen to birds and learn more about special topics throughout the book.

As with all Cornell Lab Publishing Group books, a full 35% of the net proceeds from the sale of All About Backyard Birds goes directly to Cornell Lab to support projects such as children’s educational and community programs.

Author Biography

Laura Erickson has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, blogger, public speaker, photographer, and Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s written seven books about birds, including The Bird Watching Answer Book and the National Geographic Pocket Guide to Birds of North America. Laura is a National Outdoor Book Award winner, an editor of Bird Scope magazine and a columnist and contributing editor for Birdwatching Magazine. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award for lifetime achievement in promoting the cause of birding by the American Birding Association. Laura also writes and produces a daily radio segment about birds. Laura lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Brian Scott Sockin has authored 7 books, including the children's title C.A.R.E. Treasury of Children's Folklore. Brian has a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University and M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. He is CEO of the Cornell Lab Publishing Group, which has afforded him a rare opportunity to pair his passion for nature and writing with his business career. Brian has worked intimately with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for many years on numerous education and publishing initiatives, including the wildbirdclub.com family website. Brian is a native of upstate NY and now lives in Cary, NC with his family.

Pedro Fernandes is a freelance wildlife illustrator. Born in Lisbon, Pedro earned a degree in Earth Sciences, and later studied Science Illustration at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Pedro lives in Morocco.

Table of Contents


How to Use This Book
Getting Started
Bird QR Book Companion App

Birding 101

• Bird Identication
• Merlin® Bird ID App
• The Right Stu ff
• Listening to Birds
• Photographing Birds
• Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
• Birdscaping
• Bird Feeders
• Bird Food
• Water Sources
• Nest Boxes

Getting Involved
• Citizen Science
• Recording Birds & eBird
• Project FeederWatch
• NestWatch
• Celebrate Urban Birds
• Great Backyard Bird Count
• Habitat Network

Guide to Eastern & Central Species
• Canada Goose
• Wood Duck
• Mallard
• Northern Bobwhite
• Ring-necked Pheasant
• Wild Turkey
• Pied-billed Grebe
• Double-crested Cormorant
• Great Blue Heron
• Great Egret
• Green Heron
• Black Vulture
• Turkey Vulture
• Osprey
• Bald Eagle
• Sharp-shinned Hawk
• Cooper’s Hawk
• Red-shouldered Hawk
• Red-tailed Hawk
• American Coot
• Sandhill Crane
• Killdeer
• Ring-billed Gull
• Herring Gull
• Rock Pigeon
• Eurasian Collared-Dove
• Inca Dove
• Common Ground-Dove
• White-winged Dove
• Mourning Dove
• Eastern Screech-Owl
• Great Horned Owl
• Barred Owl
• Common Nighthawk
• Chimney Swift
• Ruby-throated Hummingbird
• Black-chinned Hummingbird
• Rufous Hummingbird
• Belted Kingsher
• Red-headed Woodpecker
• Red-bellied Woodpecker
• Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
• Downy Woodpecker
• Hairy Woodpecker
• Northern Flicker
• Pileated Woodpecker
• American Kestrel
• Peregrine Falcon
• Eastern Wood-Pewee
• Eastern Phoebe
• Great Crested Flycatcher
• Eastern Kingbird
• Red-eyed Vireo
• Blue Jay
• American Crow
• Fish Crow
• Common Raven
• Horned Lark
• Purple Martin
• Tree Swallow
• Barn Swallow
• Carolina Chickadee
• Black-capped Chickadee
• Tufted Titmouse
• Red-breasted Nuthatch
• White-breasted Nuthatch
• Brown-headed Nuthatch
• Brown Creeper
• House Wren
• Carolina Wren
• Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
• Ruby-crowned Kinglet
• Eastern Bluebird
• Hermit Thrush
• Wood Thrush
• American Robin
• Gray Catbird
• Brown Thrasher
• Northern Mockingbird
• European Starling
• Cedar Waxwing
• Ovenbird
• Black-and-white Warbler
• Common Yellowthroat
• American Redstart
• Yellow Warbler
• Palm Warbler
• Pine Warbler
• Yellow-rumped Warbler
• Eastern Towhee
• American Tree Sparrow
• Chipping Sparrow
• Field Sparrow
• Savannah Sparrow
• Fox Sparrow
• Song Sparrow
• White-throated Sparrow
• Harris’s Sparrow
• White-crowned Sparrow
• Dark-eyed Junco
• Summer Tanager
• Scarlet Tanager
• Northern Cardinal
• Rose-breasted Grosbeak
• Blue Grosbeak
• Indigo Bunting
• Painted Bunting
• Red-winged Blackbird
• Eastern Meadowlark
• Brewer’s Blackbird
• Common Grackle
• Great-tailed Grackle
• Brown-headed Cowbird
• Baltimore Oriole
• House Finch
• Purple Finch
• Common Redpoll
• Pine Siskin
• American Goldnch
• House Sparrow

About the Cornell Lab
About the Writing Team
About the Artist
Photo Credits

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