Table of contents for The ORVIS beginner's guide to birdwatching / Alicia Craig.

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How this book works and reflections on the joys of birding by author
Chapter 1
Bird Watching Basics
Introduces the reader to the exciting world of bird watching 
 ? Key benefits of birding for individuals, families, and friends 
 ? The various ways bird watching can be enjoyed 
 ? Author?s tips for successful and satisfying bird watching 
 ? How best to use this book 
Chapter 2:
First Things First: Getting Started
Everything the beginner needs to know to get started quickly and effectively 
 ? The best time and place to begin birding 
 ? How to be equipped for maximum birding enjoyment 
 ? What exactly does a bird watcher do?
 ? Birding etiquette: how to enjoy yourself without ruffling any feathers 
Chapter 3
Getting the Most out of Your Equipment
How to use your basic birding equipment like a pro 
 ? How to choose and use binoculars 
 ? Letting your field guide be your guide 
 ? Clothing and other equipment used by bird watchers 
Chapter 4
Identifying the Birds
Is that a warbler or a widgeon? Learning how to tell the difference 
 ? Starting with what you already know: ten birds you can identify without a field guide 
 ? Getting to know the birds: understanding general and specific characteristics 
 ? Developing your observation skills 
 ? Keeping records: Starting a life list or birding journal 
 ? How can I know if I¿fve misidentified a bird?
Chapter 5
Backyard Birding
Some of the best bird watching may be right outside your window 
 ? Attracting birds to your backyard 
 ? Types of bird feeders 
 ? Types of bird seed 
 ? Making water available for the birds 
 ? Providing shelter 
 ? Landscaping and gardening for the birds 
 ? Protecting your backyard birds 
Chatper 6
Birding on Location
Taking your hobby on the road 
 ? Where to go?
 ? Birding by foot 
 ? Birding from your car or other vehicle 
 ? Birding as part of an organized group 
Chapter 7
I?m Not a Beginner Anymore Now What?
Taking your hobby to the next level 
 ? Honing your observation skills 
 ? Learning more 
 ? Branching out: photographing and sketching birds 
 ? Extreme birding: The World Series of Birding and other competitions 
Chapter 8
Birding with a Purpose
Putting your skills and enthusiasm to good use 
 ? Annual bird counts: Helping the researchers and scientists 
 ? Volunteering: Helping the birds and the organizations that protect them 
 ? Creating your own opportunities 
Additional Resources
A comprehensive list of additional resources for birders 
 ? Organizations 
 ? Publications 
 ? Books 
 ? Birding online 
 ? Glossary
 ? Birds of North America (checklist)

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Bird watching.