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Upper South

December, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Winter Bird Feeding
There's an abundance of information on the internet about winter bird feeding, but for my money, the one major source is the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Project Feeder Watch. From the home page, check out the Free Downloads page, where there is a pdf file on Winter Bird Feeding, plus other files on gardening, providing water, squirrels, windows, and miniposters of common birds found at feeders. Be sure to also check out About Birds and Bird Feeding. Of course, there's lots of other information about wild birds on other pages at the site, plus links.

Books

Planting for the Birds
For those who want to look to the future and are dreaming about gardens, consider Birdscaping in the Midwest -- A Guide to Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds by Mariette Nowak (Itchy Cat Press, 2007, $27.00). Nowak shows how to create outstanding bird habitats with native plants that offer food, cover, and nesting sites for birds. There are instructions for creating nine different habitat gardens, plus photos and landscape plans of successful bird gardens. There's also advice on nest boxes, bird baths, misters, perches, and other garden features to attract birds.

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