Introducing Birds to Young Naturalists
Just as an iceberg shows only the tip of its structure above the water's surface, this book can feature only a few of the hundreds of species of birds that live within our borders. Those we have selected may or may not include all of your favorites, but we hope you will agree that each one is worth meeting. In addition to reading about their life cycles, you will also be able to take a closer look at birds in general and learn about their feathers, how eggs form, why birds sing, and how to set up a winter feeding station and build a bird house. I hope these glimpses will open a broader vista to you and be just the starting point for enriching your life with birds. You may find that you agree with aviator Charles Lindbergh, who wrote, "I realize that if I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes."
Many of these birds' features have appeared in past issues of the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. However, a few were prepared specifically for this book, and others have been rewritten or expanded. Special thanks are extended to Joan Pearsall, John L. Tveten, and various departmental biologists for research assistance. Recognition and thanks are also given to the staff and freelance photographers who have worked with me through the years to bring you these intimate views of nature.
Table of Contents
- Bird Songs
- Bird Houses
- Bird Feeders
- Cardinals and Pyrrhuloxias
- Roadrunners, Cuckoos, and Anis
- Doves and Pigeons
1989 – Preface: Introducing Birds to Young Naturalists. The Louise Lindsey Merrick Texas Environment Series, No. 9, pg. ix. Texas A&M University Press, College Station.