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Author Baicich, Paul J., author.

Title Feeding wild birds in America : culture, commerce, and conservation / Paul J. Baicich, Margaret A. Barker, and Carrol L. Henderson.

Publication Info. College Station, Texas : Texas A & M University Press, 2014.

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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (pages cm)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword / by George H. Petrides Sr. -- Acknowledgments -- A note on bird names -- Introduction -- Curiosity, kindness, and protection: before 1900 -- Ongoing awareness trends -- Essentials of equipment and feeding: 1900-1909 -- "Useful birds" then and now -- Deliberate devices and appliances: 1910-1919 -- Development of the birdbath -- True grit -- Seed and feeder businesses in the roaring twenties: 1920-1929 -- Suet for the birds -- Bird feeding in hard times: 1930-1939 -- Hemp, the devil's birdseed -- Game bird feeders over the decades -- War and recovery: 1940-1949 -- Recycling and creativity, then and now -- Backyard prosperity: 1950-1959 -- Squirrel battles -- Four-season feeding -- Experimentation abounds: 1960-1969 -- A sunflower saga -- New seeds, new products: 1970-1979 -- Feeding hummingbirds over time -- Nyjer, the wonder seed -- Windows, glass, and feeding stations -- A maturing market and pastime: 1980-1989 -- Experiment goes awry -- Project feederwatch and the great backyard bird count -- Visiting hawks -- The recently arrived house finches and Eurasian collared-doves -- Bird feeding institutionalized: 1990-1999 -- Mealworm revival -- Fruits and jellies for the birds -- Nectar feeding for nonhummingbirds -- Tweaking the seeds -- Cats in the backyard -- Funding for birds and wildlife -- Bird-feeding recipes, then and now: over a century of prepared feasts -- Bird feeding in the twenty-first century: experiences and expectations -- Rarities at the feeder -- Community feeding -- The Latin American and Caribbean experience -- History lessons for modern bird feeding: some conclusions.
Summary 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 wov.
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Subject Birds -- Feeding and feeds -- United States -- History.
Birdseed -- United States -- History.
Bird feeders -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Barker, Margaret A., author.
Henderson, Carrol L., author.
Other Form: Print version: Baicich, Paul J. Feeding wild birds in America. First edition. College Station, Texas : Texas A & M University Press, 2014 9781623492113 (DLC) 2014031502 (OCoLC)886881002
ISBN 1623492173 (electronic bk.)
9781623492175 (electronic bk.)
9781623492113 (flexbound (with flaps) ; alk. paper)
1623492114 (flexbound (with flaps) ; alk. paper)