MICHAEL BERGER is a nationally recognized home improvement expert and DIY enthusiast whose work has been featured in numerous regional and national publications. He is the author of The Best Birdhouses for Your Backyard (Popular Woodworking Books), and when not in his shop or watching birds, he spends his time underwater, identifying and documenting historic shipwrecks.
"Berger (The Best Birdhouses for Your Backyard) offers a tidy manual for bird enthusiasts, with the endorsement of Bird Watcher's Digest magazine. These are simple and very doable projects. While 16 different birdhouses are the focus, there are also ten bird feeders projects and four bird baths. This charming, compact book covers many bases. First is an introduction to general basics, including materials, tool use, and care of birdhouses. Each birdhouse project includes information about relevant species, proper placement, and construction details. Also included is a cutting list, a list of hardware and supplies needed, and an exploded view of the project, with measurements. These are not cutesy, artsy birdhouses shaped as rocket ships or castles; they are simple, plain structures that are meant to meet the needs of the bird, not the homeowner. Less detailed than Margaret A. Barker and Elissa -Wolfson's Audubon Birdhouse Book, this title still contains species-specific information, along with tips to deter predators. VERDICT This rather small book (five-by-eight inches) might be a little pricey but will have broad appeal. These birdhouses, feeders, and baths could be easily constructed by younger hobbyists, not just adults. Recommended for all birding enthusiasts, as well as students." a?a? Library Journal