Minnesota Historical Society

Birds in Our Backyard

$ 16.95

Say Hello to Minnesota's Feathered Friends

Photography by Bill Marchel, Author Adele Porter

Minnesota Historical Society Press (October 15, 2011)

From common loons to white-breasted nuthatches to ruby-throated hummingbirds, whether migrating or nesting or feeding or singing, explore Minnesota’s birds through the seasons in this delightful full-color picture book.


A prairie chicken dancing to the beat, a Red-Winged blackbird flashing his snazzy wing patches to attract a female, a grouse growing its own “snowshoes,” and American robins traveling north in the spring share at least one characteristic—they all call Minnesota home at some point during the year. Birds in Our Backyard invites young ones into the lives of these winged wonders.

Season by season, kids discover which birds they might see, how far they have traveled, where they build their homes, and what they like to eat. Able guide Adele Porter and award-winning nature photographer Bill Marchel bring to life the world of birds—the colors, the sounds, the wonder of flight. Learn about wild and urban habitats, clever practices in building nests and caching food, and migrating and mating rituals.

Birds in Our Backyard is the perfect companion for a walk in the woods, a picnic in the park, or breakfast at the kitchen window, encouraging budding birders and naturalists to take a closer look at our feathered friends and the world we share with them.

Author information

Bill Marchel has earned numerous awards for his wildlife photography, which has appeared in Audubon, Ducks Unlimited, and many other publications. Adele Porter is the author of several bird books, including Wild About Northeastern Birds and Wild About Minnesota Birds. Check out www.adeleporter.com for more information on the birds in Birds in Our Backyard.

Teacher's guide & story time guide

Download the Teacher's Guide to Birds in Our Backyard (PDF)

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  • 48 pages
  • 35 color photos
  • 10 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873518369

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