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The Birds at My Table

Why We Feed Wild Birds and Why it Matters

Darryl Jones (author)

ISBN: 9781742235974

Publication Date: Aug 2018

Format: Paperback

Takes a global swoop from 30,000 feet down to the backyard bird feeder and pushes our understanding of the many aspects of bird feeding back up to new heights. Darryl Jones is fascinated by bird feeders. Not the containers supplying food to our winged friends, but the people who fill the containers. Why do people do this? Jones asks in The Birds at My Table.
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The Birds at My Table takes a global swoop from 30,000 feet down to the backyard bird feeder and pushes our understanding of the many aspects of bird feeding back up to new heights.

Darryl Jones is fascinated by bird feeders. Not the containers supplying food to our winged friends, but the people who fill the containers.

Why do people do this? Jones asks in The Birds at My Table. Does the food even benefit the birds? What are the unintended consequences of providing additional food to our winged friends?

Jones takes us on a wild flight through the history of bird feeding. He pinpoints the highs and lows of the practice. And he ponders this odd but seriously popular form of interaction between humans and wild animals. Most important, he points out that we know very little about the impact of feeding birds despite millions of people doing it every day.

Unerringly, Jones digs at the deeper issues and questions, and he raises our awareness of the things we don't yet know and why we really should. Using the latest scientific findings, The Birds at My Table takes a global swoop from 30,000 feet down to the backyard bird feeder and pushes our understanding of the many aspects of bird feeding back up to new heights.

Reviews

"In this international exploration of what seems like a trivial topic, Darryl Jones offers big surprises." – Tim Low

"The Birds at My Table is a delightful and informative read by a keen naturalist and gifted scholar that will deepen your understanding of birds and why so many of us are compelled to feed them." – John M. Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science and author of Welcome to Subirdia

"The Birds at My Table is an impressively comprehensive study of why people feed birds and how birds are affected by this practice. This book will be a benchmark for those interested in the social history and ecological effects of bird feeding. Jones convincingly shows that bird feeding is a global practice with ethical implications." – Jeff Karnicky, author of Scarlet Experiment: Birds and Humans in America

"An intriguing book that is sure to ruffle the feathers of many nonscientist bird enthusiasts." – Kirkus Reviews
Pages 352
Dimensions 234 x 153
Date Published 30 Aug 2018
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Subject/s The natural world, country life & pets   Birds (ornithology)  
Darryl Jones (PhD, Griffith University) is Professor and Deputy Director of the Environmental Futures Research Centre at Griffith University (Australia). He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and seven books, including Megapodes and Mound-builders.

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