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Browse through our selection of the top-50 best selling books about birds, birdwatching and ornithology. Click on any title for further information or to place an order.

 

1. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America : Revised and Updated
by Jon L. Dunn

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National Geographic Society
Paperback - 480 pages
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The field reference of choice for serious birders since its inception, the third edition has been updated to reflect new bird ranges in North America as well as the always controversial reclassifications of species and subspecies. The expanded text includes even more notes on identification,... Read more

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2. A Field Guide to the Birds : A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)
by Roger Tory Peterson(Illustrator), Virginia Marie Peterson (Illustrator)

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Paperback - 384 pages
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Roger Tory Peterson, one of America's pre-eminent artist-naturalists and arguably the inventor of the field guide, made people love birds like no one since John James Audubon. A Field Guide to the Birds, first published in 1934, remains his most famous and wonderful work. The manual stood instantly... Read more

3. The Beak of the Finch : A Story of Evolution in Our Time
by Jonathan Weiner

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Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend twenty years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are four hundred at the time of the author's visit, or when there are over a thousand. They... Read more

4. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds : Eastern Region
by John Bull, et al

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Covering 508 bird species found east of the Rocky Mountains, the revised second edition takes into account changes in taxonomy and uses improved photography. At the heart of the guide is a set of 646 well-made color photographs whose subjects are organized by easily discerned characteristics (e.g.,... Read more

5. Living on the Wind : Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds
by Scott Weidensaul

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(April 1999)
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Did you know that neither temperature nor hunger sparks bird migration? That many species migrate at night? That some birds migrate more than 5,000 miles in a single, uninterrupted flight? "We are such stodgy, rooted creatures," observes the author of this fascinating book. "To think of crossing... Read more

6. A Field Guide to Western Birds : A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of m
by Roger Tory Peterson(Illustrator)

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Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
Paperback - 431 pages
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Cited in Sheehy and BCL3. Subtitled A completely new guide to field marks of all species found in North America west of the 100th meridian and north of Mexico. Has 165 new paintings showing all birds west of the Great Plains, 441 new maps, and a revised text describing each species--its field marks,... Read more

7. All the Backyard Birds : East (American Bird Conservancy Compact Guide)
by Jack L. Griggs, Virginia Croft (Editor)

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Paperback - 96 pages
(April 1998)
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Pete Dunne, V.P. NJ Audubon Society

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8. The Life of Birds
by David Attenborough

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Hardcover - 320 pages
(September 28, 1998)
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Tireless explorer of the natural world and wide-ranging traveler, documentary filmmaker and writer David Attenborough has delighted readers and viewers with such productions as Life on Earth and The Living Planet. In this companion to a 10-part PBS series of the same name, Attenborough examines the... Read more

9. Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs : Eastern Region (Three compact discs and 64-page booklet)
by Donald Stokes, et al

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This collection of bird songs should be enjoyable for both avid bird-watcher and casual nature-lover. It consists of three CDs and a guide booklet covering the sounds of 372 species living in Eastern North America. Narrator Lang Elliott introduces each species with just its name, then presents a... Read more

10. The Complete Book of Birdhouse Construction for Woodworkers
by Scott D. Campbell

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Paperback - 48 pages
40 edition (June 1989)
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The Best Little Technical Reference for Birdhouse Builders
This book is short and to the point, well researched and documented. There is a bibliography in the back that is helpful for further reading.

The plans in this book are for simple, unadorned, basic shelter for birds. Even if you want to build fancy "designer" birdhouses, you need this book... Read more


11. Mind of the Raven : Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-Birds
by Bernd Heinrich

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Beyond croaking, "Nevermore," what exactly do ravens do all day? Bernd Heinrich, biology professor at the University of Vermont and author of Ravens in Winter, has spent more than a decade learning the secrets of these giants of the crow family. He has observed startlingly complex activities among... Read more

12. Attracting Birds to Your Backyard : 536 Ways to Turn Your Yard and Garden into a Haven for Your Favorite Birds
by Sally Roth

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Hardcover - 320 pages

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Anyone can create a beautiful and colorful backyard that will attract many different species of birds. This comprehensive, A-to-Z guide will help serious and casual gardeners alike choose the specific plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees for attracting some of the best-loved backyard birds, including... Read more

13. Stokes Field Guide to Birds : Eastern Region (Stokes Field Guides)
by Donald Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes

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Paperback - 471 pages
(January 1996)
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Notable for its numerous identification keys including a quick, full-color visual guide to the most common backyard birds, a quick alphabetical index on the inside covers (as well as a complete one within) and a color tab index to bird groups. Superb color photographs include relevant plumage... Read more

14. A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica
by F. Gary Stiles, et al

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(December 1990)
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Birds of Costa Rica
This is the best book for birding in Costa Rica but it is far too big and heavy to be an ideal field guide. A pro birding guide in CR suggested buying the book, removing the illustrations and having them bound for use in the field. Guides at La Selva have the plates laminated in plastic and spiral... Read more


15. Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game
by John J., Jr. Mettler, Elayne Sears (Illustrator)

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(September 1989)
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Very beneficial for the self suficiency minded person!
It helped me expand my knowlege of butchering wild game, namely venison! I could recommend this to the somewhat seasoned butcher as well as the novice! He also included some great idea's I can't wait to try for preserving different meats! My only complaint would be that the author did not explain... Read more


16. The Alex Studies : Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots
by Irene Maxine Pepperberg

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Hardcover - 448 pages
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When Irene Pepperberg, a professor at the University of Arizona, says goodnight, she typically hears the reply "Bye. I'm gonna go eat dinner. I'll see you tomorrow." Though the response itself is not unusual, the source is, for it comes from Alex, a gray parrot, Pepperberg's main research subject... Read more

17. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds : Western Region (National Audubon Society Field Guide)
by Miklos D. F. Udvardy, et al

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A favorite of birdwatchers (especially those who prefer photographs to illustrations), this field guide, revised for 2000, accounts for the 544 bird species that live in the region west of the Great Plains. The clearly printed color photographs capture birds at rest and in flight; preceded by... Read more

18. Waterfowl Identification : The Lemaster Method
by Richard Le Master, Richard Lemaster

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Stackpole Books
Paperback - 76 pages
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The greatest
As the very lucky owner of a framed original S/N Waterfowl ID book I was delighted to be able to get one for the field.There are also some signed prints of the ID method floating around. Read more


19. All the Birds of North America : American Bird Conservancy's Field Guide
by Jack L. Griggs

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Serious birders delight in autumn as migrating flocks provide the opportunity to observe the species that aren't normally around to observe. They don weather-proof shoes and layers of clothing, grab binoculars and All the Birds of North America, and head for the marshes before the football fans... Read more

20. Red-Tails in Love : A Wildlife Drama in Central Park
by Marie Winn

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(April 1999)
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Nature perseveres in the strangest places, even smack-dab in the middle of Manhattan. Marie Winn, a Wall Street Journal columnist, chronicles the inspiring tale of a pair of red-tailed hawks that take up residence in the posh Fifth-Avenue neighborhood bordering Central Park, home to such celebrities... Read more

21. The Bird Feeder Book : An Easy Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Understanding Your Feeder Birds
by Donald W. Stokes, et al

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Little Brown & Co (Pap)
Paperback - 90 pages
(October 1987)
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This unique guide helps readers learn how to attract more birds, become experts at identifying birds, and better understand bird behavior. The authors write a regular column that appears in Bird Watcher's Digest and Living Bird. Read more

22. Raising the Home Duck Flock : A Complete Guide
by Dave. Holderread

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Paperback - 192 pages
(August 1983)
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Excellent! Anyone with ducks should own this book!
I have read this book so many times now, I may need a new copy. I decided to get ducks to raise, but first read this book,suggested to me by online poultry news group folks.I have had no difficulties raising ducks now because I followed all the advice from Dave's book.I had never raised poultry of... Read more


23. The Birder's Handbook : A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds;Including All Species That Regularly Breed North of Mexico
by Darryl Wheye(Contributor), et al

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(June 1988)
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Compact and yet filled with information, this portable encyclopedia of North American bird behavior is a complement to field guides. Learn more about the species you see in the field, and--when in doubt--use this handy reference as another tool for identification. Read more

24. The Hummingbird Book : The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying
by Don Stokes, et al

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Little Brown & Co (Pap)
Paperback - 89 pages
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With seventy full-color photographs, eight range maps showing summer and winter distribution, and eight diagrams of the birds' striking aerobatics, this guide will fully enable readers to enjoy these popular birds. Read more

25. Birding by Ear : Eastern/Central (Peterson Field Guides)
by Richard K. Walton(Editor), Robert W. Lawson

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Ever wonder what that trill in the backyard is? Or how to distinguish between all those similar warbler songs? If so, try Birding by Ear. This great resource for birders all over eastern/central North America conveniently packages three cassettes and an accompanying booklet into a single... Read more

26. Birds of North America
by Chandler S. Robbins, et al

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Paperback - 360 pages
Revised edition (October 1983)
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Brief descriptions and illustrations help to identify 650 species of birds in North America, with information on characteristics, range maps, and song patterns. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title Read more

27. Mind of the Raven
by Bernd Heinrich

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Beyond croaking, "Nevermore," what exactly do ravens do all day? Bernd Heinrich, biology professor at the University of Vermont and author of Ravens in Winter, has spent more than a decade learning the secrets of these giants of the crow family. He has observed startlingly complex activities among... Read more

28. A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America
by Steven N. G. Howell, et al

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(May 1995)
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Astonishingly comprehensive, covering the identification, status, and distribution of all 1,070 birds species known from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Northern Nicaragua, this definitive guide is beautifully illustrated with 71 color plates and 39 black-and-white drawings,... Read more

29. Hand-Feeding and Raising Baby Birds : Breeding, Hand-Feeding, Care, and Management
by Matthew M., Phd Vriends, et al

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Barrons Educational Series
Paperback - 152 pages
(October 1996)
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A great how to on hand-feeding.
This book takes the novice from the very beginning. It covers every aspect of handfeeding. Concise, easy to read, with great colour pictures. I would recommend this book to the beginning handfeeder as well as those who are experienced. Read more


30. Hope Is the Thing With Feathers : A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds
by Christopher Cokinos

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A decade ago, new to the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas, poet, journalist, and amateur birder Christopher Cokinos spotted an unusual sight: a pair of green parrotlike birds in flight, chased by a hawk. Uncertain of what he had seen, he turned to his guidebooks and neighbors to discover, eventually,... Read more

31. Stokes Field Guide to Birds : Western Region (Stokes Field Guides)
by Donald Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes

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Notable for its numerous identification keys including a quick, full-color visual guide to the most common backyard birds, a quick alphabetical index on the inside covers (as well as a complete one within) and a color tab index to bird groups. Superb color photographs include relevant plumage... Read more

32. A Field Guide to Mexican Birds : Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador (Peterson Field Guides)
by Roger Tory Peterson(Illustrator), Edward L. Chalif (Contributor)

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33. Hawks in Flight : The Flight Identification of North American Migrant Raptors
by Peter Dunne, et al

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A lively text bring this noble species of birds to life. This volume covers the 23 most common diurnal raptors of North America identified by body shape, habitat, and movement. 92 illustrations. 173 photos. Read more

34. Duck Hunting (Hunting & Fishing Library)
by Jeff Simpson, Dick Sternberg

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Hardcover - 144 pages
(July 1997)
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Deserves 10 stars
Duck Hunting (Hunting & Fishing Library) like the entire series is an excellent book that gives easy to read facts along with superior photography and illustrations that help the novice as well as the longtime wild game hunter.

This is important because nothing is worse than hearing from a novice... Read more


35. Penguin (Photobook)
by Frans Lanting, Christine K. Eckstrom

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(December 1999)
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What's more charming than a penguin? A bunch of penguins! Brilliant nature photographer Frans Lanting enters the deep south world of the flightless Antarctic birds to reveal their daily lives, their triumphs and tragedies, and above all, that adorable way they waddle in their little tuxedoes. In his... Read more

36. Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs : Western Region
by Kevin Colver, et al

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The easiest way to locate and identify the widest variety of bird species is often through sound. These clear recordings allow listeners to identify not only more species, but also more sounds per species, including their unique songs and calls. Comprehensive and informative, each entry starts with... Read more

37. All the Backyard Birds : West (American Bird Conservancy Compact Guide)
by Jack L. Griggs, Scott Edwards

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Pete Dunne, V.P. NJ Audubon Society

"These guides are the best thing to hit backyard birding since black oil sunflower seed. Not a kitchen window sill in North America should be without." Read more


38. Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds : Eastern Region (Stokes Field Guide Series)
by Donald Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes (Contributor)

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(October 1996)
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North America's preeminent writers on birds and nature follow the wildly successful launch of their Stokes Field Guides to Birds with two new identification guides designed specifically for beginners. Beautifully designed and easy to use, these handy guides are certain to become the top choice for... Read more

39. MacAws : Everything About Purchase, Management, Housing, Feeding, Health Care, and Breeding/a Complete Pet Owner's Manual
by Roger G. Sweeney

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Barrons Educational Series
Paperback - 79 pages
(May 1992)
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All Around Excellent Book
I think this book is excellent for beginners with Macaws and even people who know about them and want to know a little more. It has everything you need to know, in fact the entire series of pet books from Barrons does. I just wish they had a web site... Read more


40. Ravens in Winter
by Bernd Heinrich

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Ravens are among the most elusive and yet (or, consequently) fascinating animals of North American I have ever encountered. Heinrich--an incredibly patient and cold-hardy fellow, not to mention, a heck of a writer--studied ravens in the dead of winter in Maine, and made some remarkable discoveries... Read more

41. Taming and Training Conures
by Risa Teitler

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(January 1990)
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42. The Backyard Bird-Lover's Guide
by Jan Mahnken, et al

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Whether undertaken for practical reasons (insect control) or pure enjoyment, attracting birds to one's own backyard is an activity that can involve the whole family. In this personable, informal guide, Mahnken demonstrates both her knowledge and her love for birds as she introduces 135 North... Read more

43. Gouldian Finches : Everything About Purchase, Housing, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, and Diseases
by Matthew M. Vriends

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(April 1991)
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A Good Place To Begin
This book is one of a series of pet books which do actually tell you most of what you need to know if you want to keep the pets concerned.For once, I did things the right way round and bought the book BEFORE the birds, and as a result I have learned a number of tips which I hope will make my keeping... Read more


44. Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania
by Dale A. Zimmerman(Illustrator), et al

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(July 1, 1999)
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From the foreword by Roger Tory Peterson
In East Africa, where Kenya alone boasts nearly 1,100 species, scarcely more than half are figured in the most widely used field guide. Because there has been so much guesswork by traveling birders about the hundreds of unfigured species, a superb team has finally done something about it and filled... Read more

45. A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors (A Volume in the AP Natural World Series)
by Brian K. Wheeler, et al

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(June 1999)
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Considered the definitive raptor identification guide for North America, this essential resource for birders includes photos and text for distinguishing between hawks, falcons, eagles, and vultures in the field, paying careful attention to plumage variations in juveniles and adults. --This text... Read more

46. Birds of North America : A Guide to Field Identification
by Chandler S. Robbins, et al

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Hardcover - 360 pages
(November 1983)
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Flip through the book to match text with art. Each bird, tree snake, and shell is captured in full color with descriptive text on the facing page so you can identify a specimen or a species quickly, easily, and positively. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title Read more

47. A Field Guide to the Birds : A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide Series)
by Roger Tory Peterson

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Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
Hardcover
2 edition (June 1998)
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Roger Tory Peterson, one of America's pre-eminent artist-naturalists and arguably the inventor of the field guide, made people love birds like no one since John James Audubon. A Field Guide to the Birds, first published in 1934, remains his most famous and wonderful work. The manual stood instantly... Read more

48. Cold Noses and Warm Hearts : Beloved Dog Stories by Great Authors
by Laurie Morrow(Editor)

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Willow Creek Press
Hardcover - 232 pages
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Whether underscored by humor or deep emotion, all of the stories here share the same theme--the strong, enigmatic bond between dog and master. A demonstrated bestseller in its original publication, Morrow has revised this volume to omit less popular stories and add contemporary stories by both famed... Read more

49. Birds (Fandex Family Field Guides)
by Michael W. Robbins

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Workman Publishing Company
Textbook Binding
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The Fandex Family publishing series continues with this bird field guide, with bright colors and realistic, die-cut profiles identifying 47 wild birds in North America. Read more

50. Hand-Feeding Backyard Birds : A Step-By-Step Guide
by Hugh Wiberg

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(September 1999)
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"Hugh Wiberg has had more than 30 years of hands-on contact with birds. He makes it sound so simple. All you need is the desire plus patience, perseverance and a handful of seeds or pieces of nuts. The easy-to-read text plus outstanding photographs makes this an ideal book for your bird-loving... Read more
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