100 Plants To Feed the Birds: Turn Your Home Garden into a Healthy Bird Habitat

Storey. Dec. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781635864380. pap. $16.99. GARDENING
In this deeply useful work, Erickson (The Love Lives of Birds) discusses bird gardening and explains the link between garden habitats and avian survival. They nest, feed, roost, gather, and live in the urban and suburban places we make. Erickson supplies the needed information and encouragement to make those spaces highly supportable. The opening section focuses on how and why to create habitats for birds, stressing native plants and addressing four-season gardening. The second lists North American plants that support birds, outlining each plant’s benefit, its native range, and recommended species. The book concludes with a list of the author’s favorite plants for common birds and native plant societies.
VERDICT Deeply engaging photos of birds and plants and actionable suggestions make this a winner. It is the kind of book readers treasure once found, so put it on display and be ready for more requests for books on bird gardening. Collection development librarians should note that Storey has similar books on feeding bees and monarch butterflies.
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