Friday, November 18, 2022

National Geographic Birding Basics: Tips, Tools & Techniques for Great Bird-Watching by Noah Strycker

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

Targeted to beginners and beyond, National Geographic’s fun, inspiring guide to the art, craft, and science of bird-watching combines practical know-how and expert knowledge. Browsable and bursting with helpful illustrations and photographs, Birding Basics offers new ideas for when, where, and how to get to know the birds in your world.

Not a field guide but a primer in best practices, authored by birding expert Noah Strycker, this breezy book features easy-to-follow advice on what to look and listen for, how to use field guides and birding apps, the best equipment to start with, and ways to engage with other birders around the world. Filled with fun facts and seasoned advice, this useful book will help you attract birds to your backyard, master bird identification, name a bird by its song, and witness the magic of migration. Sidebars feature fun facts, identification tips, and easy projects for exploring the world on the wing.

For everyone who loves watching the birds, whether out the window or on the trail, this colorful, easy-to-use guide to better birding has everything you need.

my thoughts:

Birding is a fantastic hobby to take up if you are looking for something new and fresh. For starters, birds. How freaking cool are they? Not only do they fly and soar up high in the sky, but they are beautiful creatures to watch. Plus, you get to go outside in nature to check them out - how is that not a great thing, right? And, lastly, binoculars. How cool and scientific will you look sporting a pair? I mean, c'mon, birding is seriously where it's at. Or at least I think so thanks to National Geographic's latest tome, Birding Basics: Tips, Tools & Techniques for Great Bird-Watching by Noah Strycker. Talk about a fun and informative read - I just loved diving right in and tabbing all the sections I wanted to take notes on. There are just so many awesome tips and facts included the book, along with some AMAZING photographs and illustrations. Strycker shares about equipment to use, seasons advice, and intel on birdsong. He writes in an engaging and accessible manner, that you can't help but find yourself excited and inspired to start birding. I know I had a great time reading through this book. And, I love how it looks on my coffee table - people can pick it up and find themselves lost in all things birding (talk about a cool pastime to learn about). This is definitely one book that I will be flipping through again and again - LOVED it!!

I would happily recommend Birding Basics to anyone and everyone interested in learning about birding - you are going to LOVE this book! Make sure to check it out!

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

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