Backyard Birds of the Inland Empire
Sheila N. Kee
Sheila N. Kee earned her Girl Scout “Bird Badge” in 1957 and has been fascinated by everyday common birds ever since. Backyard Birds of the Inland Empire fulfills that desire by identifying the fifty most common bird types in the Inland Empire. It is an introduction to the many birds with whom we share this unique region.
The award winning first edition was developed by the Riverside Corona Resources Conservation District (RCRCD). This enhanced second edition has been co-published by Heyday Books and the Inlandia Institute in collaboration with RCRCD. Backyard Birds of the Inland Empire by Heyday Books is a refreshing approach to the traditional guides that classify animals by scientifically established taxonomy. For the average non-birder, this can be frustrating and difficult to navigate. Backyard Birds of the Inland Empire enables the non-birder to indentify the various bird types by color and size, characteristics that are easy to notice at first glance. Sheila N. Kee gives a detailed description to the fifty most common birds of the Inland Empire including behavior traits, calls, food preferences, and nesting patterns. Birds range from Brewer’s blackbirds and Nuttall’s woodpeckers to western screech owls and Costa’s hummingbirds. This useful guide, printed in full color, makes the rich and bountiful avian world of the Inland Empire come to life.
The Inlandia Institute’s mission is to recognize, support and expand literary activity in all of its forms through community programs and book publications in the Inland Empire, thereby deepening people’s awareness, understanding, and appreciation of this unique, complex and creatively vibrant region; Inlandia is devoted to celebrating Inland Southern California in word, image and sound.
This remarkable book could not have developed without the sponsorship of the Riverside Resource Conservation District (RCRCD), a local agency. RCRCD facilitates natural resource conservation through education, collaboration, and technical assistance in portions of western Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Backyard Birds of the Inland Empire was partially funded by the RCRCD and a grant from the James Irvine Foundation to Heyday Books. The James Irvine Foundation provides more than $1 billion in grants to over 3,000 nonprofit organizations across the state.