For the Birds {Free eBook}
For the Birds is a free publication from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that encourages backyard bird watching:

As you learn to enjoy the beauty of birdlife around their home, you may wish to improve the “habitat” in your yard so that more birds will visit your property. You can attract birds by placing bird feeders, nest boxes, and bird baths in your yard, and by planting a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers. These can provide good nesting sites, winter shelter, places to hide from predators and natural food supplies that are available year-round.

Backyard bird feeding is a convenient way to enjoy wildlife.

With this in mind, the book covers:

  • Bird feeder selection and placement.
  • Type and amount of feed.
  • Birds attracted by various types of feed.
  • Avoiding uninvited guests.
  • Where and how to place birdhouses for different types of birds.
  • Nesting box dimensions for various birds.
  • Protection from predators.
  • Landscaping for birds.
  • Answers to common birding questions.

Fall is a great time to begin bird watching … and an easy way to explore nature study. This free eBook is a great way to get started!

Free eBook


Additional Resources

Free Nature Studies: Our Wonderful WorldFree Nature Studies: Our Wonderful World
The bird portions of our free nature study series where you will find many go-along resources.

Bird Houses Boys Can Build {Free eBook}
You’ll find our favorite recommendation for birdhouse plans below, but if you are looking for a free option, you will find this title gets the job done.

The Complete Book of Birdhouse Construction
The Complete Book of Birdhouse Construction {$2.35}
A Dover publication … and our favorite resource on the topic. Read our review.
Free Nature Studies: Landlord to the Birds
The Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible: The A-to-Z Guide To Feeders, Seed Mixes, Projects, And Treats by Sally Roth
Family favorite alphabetically covers everything needed to attract birds to your feeder — from A to Z!

Nature Journal Notebooking Sets {Free Download}
Free download to use to record what you see!

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