A Book For The Birds 

Posted: 5:42 am Monday, July 30th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


For all the Ann-Ventures I’ve been on I still need to work on my bird identifying skills. I love being outdoors but I’d love it even more if I knew the names of all the beautiful fine feathered friends I’ve taking pictures of. But once again National Geographic for Kids has come up with a book that I’m keeping a copy of in my car – Bird Guide of North American from Jonathan Alderfer. He’s the expert having spent ten years as National Geographic’s resident birding expert at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., along with writing. editing and illustrating more than twenty books for the National Geographic Society. Those include the best-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America (7th edition), Birding Essentials, Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, and Complete Birds of North America. Most recently, he authored the second edition of National Geographic’s Kids Bird Guide of North America.

This is the perfect book to take along when you go for that walk or hike with the kids. Jonathan tells us exactly what we’ll need to have handy like binoculars, maybe a field book to keep track of what you’ve seen and where to find your favorites. He even includes some ideas for making a bird bath and bird feeder, nice crafty activities in case it’s too rainy to hit the trails. Hear my interview with Jonathan and let the kids listen in and they’ll be just as excited as you will to do a little birding in Florida!