Attracting Birds in the Carolinas

Creating Bird-Friendly Habitats from the Mountains to the Coast

By James F. Parnell, William C. Alexander, Frances B. Parnell

160 pp., 7 x 10, 193 color plates, appends., bibl., index, 7x10

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6225-1
    Published: March 2021
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-6226-8
    Published: February 2021
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5968-6
    Published: February 2021

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Covering the Carolinas from up-country to the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain, this book is an in-depth yet accessible primer on the many ways that Carolinians can attract birds--from large wildlife refuges to private sanctuaries, and from farms to suburban homes and even apartments. The first book to focus specifically on attracting birds in both states, Attracting Birds in the Carolinas includes information on birds’ basic needs and their annual reproduction and migration cycles, and provides helpful tips on how to modify your outdoor space to invite avian visitors.

In addition to helpful information on attracting particular species, this guide offers practical advice for managing problem species—both avian, such as the European Starling and Mute Swan, and nonavian, such as squirrels and snakes.

About the Authors

James F. Parnell is professor emeritus of biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
For more information about James F. Parnell, visit the Author Page.

William C. Alexander is a retired biologist and chair of the science division at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.
For more information about William C. Alexander, visit the Author Page.

Frances B. Parnell is a retired family and consumer sciences educator with North Carolina public schools.
For more information about Frances B. Parnell, visit the Author Page.


Attracting Birds in the Carolinas is a great how-to and informational guide for creating bird-friendly habitats in our backyards and beyond. It’s obvious the authors have a lifetime of experience and knowledge about Carolina birds and wildlife--if you love birds, this is the book for you.”--Mary-Russell Roberson, coauthor of Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas: A Field Guide to Favorite Places from Chimney Rock to Charleston