Bird Week: Backyard Birds

The Seattle Public Library is partnering with the Seward Park Audubon Center for Bird Week, April 23-30, in celebration of the center’s tenth anniversary and the National Audubon Society’s 2018 Year of the Bird.

Birdwatching in your own back yard – what a delightful thought. You can attract birds through wildlife-friendly landscapes, birdhouses, and feeders.The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates that over 35,000 acres of wildlife habitat in this state are lost yearly to development. Native wildlife species could use a helping hand.

If you are interested in creating a landscape that attracts birds and other wildlife, here are two great online guides. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Landscape Design for Wildlife describes how wildlife-friendly habitats require food, water, shelter, and space. Audubon At Home in Seattle: Gardening for Life is a 48-page booklet that demonstrates how one can achieve this from even simple steps. You might also be interested in joining the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program.

Here is a list of recommended works on these topics from the Library’s collection. During the month of April, a book display on birds of the Pacific Northwest will be shown on Level 7 of the Central Library.

~ Posted by library staff

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