Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce, and Conservation
Texas A&M University Press, Mar 30, 2015 - Nature - 320 pages
Today, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than fifty million Americans feed birds around their homes, and over the last sixty years, billions of pounds of birdseed have filled millions of feeders in backyards everywhere. Feeding Wild Birds in America tells why and how a modest act of provision has become such a pervasive, popular, and often passionate aspect of people’s lives.
Each chapter provides details on one or more bird-feeding development or trend including the “discovery” of seeds, the invention of different kinds of feeders, and the creation of new companies. Also woven into the book are the worlds of education, publishing, commerce, professional ornithology, and citizen science, all of which have embraced bird feeding at different times and from different perspectives.
The authors take a decade-by-decade approach starting in the late nineteenth century, providing a historical overview in each chapter before covering topical developments (such as hummingbird feeding and birdbaths). On the one hand, they show that the story of bird feeding is one of entrepreneurial invention; on the other hand, they reveal how Americans, through a seemingly simple practice, have come to value the natural world.
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Ongoing Awareness Trends
Useful Birds Then and Now
Development of the Birdbath
Windows Glass and Feeding Stations
One Experiment Goes Awry
Project Feederwatch and the Great Backyard Bird Count
The Recently Arrived House Finces and Eurasian CollaredDoves
Suet for the Birds
Hemp the Devils Birdseed
Game Bird Feeders Over the Decades
Reclycling and Creating Then and Now
A Sunflower Saga
Feeding Hummingbirds Over Time
Nyjer the Wonder Seed
Fruits and Jellies for the Birds
Nectar Feeding for Nonhummingbirds
Tweaking the Seeds
Cats in the Backyard
Funding for Birds and Wildlife
Rarities at the Feeder
The Latin American and Caribbean Experience
About the Authors
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