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"Top 3 Recommendations"

Following are three of our favorite books in popular categories. We will be changing these "Top 3" recommendations periodically to give you access to a variety of quality nature books. You can purchase books here using our online bookstore associated with

Field Guides ---- For Children ---- Habitat ---- Gardening for Birds ---- Conservation

Birding Field Guides

All the Birds of North America A Guide to Bird Behavior
  • A Field Guide to the Birds: A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)
    Roger Tory Peterson;
  • All the Birds of North America: American Bird Conservancy's Field Guide
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    Jack L. Griggs
    Paperback / Published 1997
  • A Guide to Bird Behavior: In the Wild and at Your Feeder (Stokes Nature Guides) Vol 2
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    Donald W. Stokes(Photographer), Lillian Q. Stokes
    Paperback / Published 1985

Birding Books for Children

Backyard Bird Watching for Kids Bird Watching With Margaret Morse Nice
  • Backyard Bird Watching for Kids: How to Attract, Feed, and Provide Homes for Birds
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    George H. Harrison, Kit Harrison
    Hardcover / Published 1997
  • Bird Watching for Kids: A Family Bird Watching Guide (The Outdoor Kids)
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    Steven A. Griffin, Elizabeth May Griffin
    Paperback / Published 1995
  • Bird Watching With Margaret Morse Nice (Naturalist's Apprentice Biographies)
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    Michael Elsohn Ross, Laurie A. Caple (Illustrator)
    Library Binding / Published 1997

Backyard Habitat

Attracting Birds & Butterflie Stokes Bird Gardening Book
  • Attracting Birds & Butterflies: How to Plan and Plant Backyard Habitat (Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guides, 3)
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    Barbara Ellis
    Paperback / Published 1997
  • Stokes Bird Gardening Book: The Complete Guide to Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat in Your Backyard (Stokes, Donald W. Stokes Backyard Nature Books.)
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    Donald W. Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes
    Paperback / Published 1998
  • Hand-Taming Wild Birds at the Feeder
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    Alfred G. Martin, et al
    Paperback / Published 1991

Gardening for Birds

Bird Gardens Wildflowers Across America
  • Bird Gardens: Welcoming Wild Birds to Your Yard (21St-Century Gardening Series)
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    Botanical Garden Brooklyn
    Paperback / Published 1998
  • Wildflowers Across America
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    Lady Bird Johnson, et al
    Hardcover / Published 1994
  • Stokes Bird Gardening Book: The Complete Guide to Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat in Your Backyard (Stokes, Donald W. Stokes Backyard Nature Books.)
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    Donald W. Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes
    Paperback / Published 1998


And No Birds Sing Averting Extinction Avian Conservation
  • And No Birds Sing: A True Ecological Thriller Set in a Tropical Paradise
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    Mark Jaffe
    Paperback / Published 1997
  • Averting Extinction: Reconstructing Endangered Species Recovery
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    Tim W. Clark
    Hardcover / Published 1997
  • Avian Conservation: Research and Management
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    John M. Marzluff(Editor), et al /
    Hardcover / Published 1998
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