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New Books for Bird Lovers and Gardeners

The following books are available through Missouri Botanical Garden, Garden Gate Shop, St. Louis, Missouri 63110. Contact: Christine Turland. Tel: (314)577-5136 / Fax: (314)577-9591 / E-mail:

The Backyard Bird-Lover's Guide by Jan Mahnken, Illustrated by Jeffrey C. Domm (Storey Communications, Inc., 1996, 310 pages, $24.95 paperback). A pleasure to read. Solid reference covering feeding, territory, courtship, nesting, and identification for 135 species. Includes good advice on trees and shrubs to attract our feathered friends. Very useful and a lot of charm.

The Bird Lover's Garden by Margaret MacAvoy and Pat Kite (Friedman/Fairfax Publishers, 2000, 128 pages, $25.00 hardcover). Beautifully illustrated guide shows you how to turn your own backyard into a bird-friendly zone by meeting these creatures' simple needs. Essentials for creating a haven for songbirds and hummingbirds. Specific plants, features, tips. Gorgeous gardening. Gorgeous birds. Authors are regular contributors to birding and gardening magazines.

Extinct Birds (revised edition) by Errol Fuller (Comstock Publishing Associates, 2001, 400 pages, $49.95 cloth). Life histories and eyewitness accounts of the fates of 80 recently extinct bird species. (See American Passenger Pigeon on this site.) Illustrations include photographs of eggs, feathers, specimens, breath-taking colorplates by naturalists Audubon, Keulemans, Lear and others. A beautiful and poignant reminder of where we've been and may be going.

Wings in the Wild: Habits and Habitats of North American Birds by Tom Vezo and Paul Kerlinger (Stackpole Books, 2001, 136 pages, $21.95 paperback). More than 180 stop-action color photographs of birds in the wild by Tom Vezo, along with species and habitat descriptions by ornithologist and author Paul Kerlinger.

On the Wing: American Birds in Migration by Carol Lerner (Harper Collins, 2001, 48 pages, $16.95 hardcover). A formidable story / source for readers 8 and up by critically acclaimed children's writer and illustrator, Carol Lerner. Lerner trained in ornithology, botany, and botanical illustration at the Morton Arboretum at Lisle, Illinois. On the Wing is an easy introduction for adults, too.

For more new books and more, see Further Reading.

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