Birds in Our Backyard: Say Hello to Minnesota's Feathered Friends

Birds in Our Backyard: Say Hello to Minnesota's Feathered Friends


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A prairie chicken dancing to the beat, a Red-Winged blackbird flashing his snazzy wing patches to attract a female, a grouse growing its own “snowshoes,” and American robins traveling north in the spring share at least one characteristic—they all call Minnesota home at some point during the year. Birds in Our Backyard invites young ones into the lives of these winged wonders.

Season by season, kids discover which birds they might see, how far they have traveled, where they build their homes, and what they like to eat. Able guide Adele Porter and award-winning nature photographer Bill Marchel bring to life the world of birds—the colors, the sounds, the wonder of flight. Learn about wild and urban habitats, clever practices in building nests and caching food, and migrating and mating rituals.

Birds in Our Backyard is the perfect companion for a walk in the woods, a picnic in the park, or breakfast at the kitchen window, encouraging budding birders and naturalists to take a closer look at our feathered friends and the world we share with them.

Bill Marchel has earned numerous awards for his wildlife photography, which has appeared in Audubon, Ducks Unlimited, and many other publications. Adele Porter is the author of several bird books, including Wild About Northeastern Birds and Wild About Minnesota Birds.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873518369
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 10/15/2011
Edition description: 1
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,175,574
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Writer and educator Adele Porter is the author of the Wild About book series (Wild About Northeastern Birds, Wild About Minnesota Birds, etc.) by Adventure Publications. She has worked with the public--students of all ages--in the field for more than twenty years and occasionally writes educational materials for the Minnesota DNR.

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