Introducing Evelyn Schwarz, author of The Hummingbird Garden

“The color illustrations turned out great and the font and print were just as I asked. The shadowing effect on the illustrations were a great added touch to make the pictures ‘pop’ and the boxing and color of it made the text catch the reader’s eye.”

Evelyn Schwarz loves the outdoors and volunteers as nature center docent at a local regional park in San Diego, California. She enjoys hiking and sharing nature with others. The Anna’s hummingbird is one of her favorites. Illustrator Kitty Quinn is a high school student who plans to attend the San Francisco Academy of Art. The author can be contacted at: Ev4schwarz@gmail.com

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Book description…

Six-year-old Alexis and her parents have just moved from an apartment in the city to a home in the suburbs. While lying in the grass in her new backyard, Alexis is startled by a tiny flash of color darting by, heading for her neighbor’s yard. Peeking through a hole in the fence, she sees a wondrous sight. Her new neighbor’s backyard is filled with hundreds of beautiful flowers, and there are colorful glass balls hanging from some of the trees. But the most magical sight of all are the tiny, jewel-like birds flashing by, hovering in midair, and even flying backward! This delightfully illustrated book will bring the world of hummingbirds to life as Alexis learns a valuable lesson about what sharing can accomplish.

Introducing Terry R. Combs, author of The Boy Scout, The Beekeeper and The Bees

“Very pleased; any bumps in the road were taken care of to my complete satisfaction. Great job!”

Terry Combs’ lifelong interest in insects and spiders led him to the art of beekeeping, a vocation he has pursued for 50 plus years. After 42 years as a solitary beekeeper, Terry joined several organizations and participated as member, vice president, president and webmaster. His achievements include a first-place prize for light honey at the Illinois State honey competition in 2012. Terry teaches four beekeeping classes and two insect classes at a local college, as well as giving outreach and educational presentations to young people and the public. He lives in Keyesport, Illinois with his wife Debbie, and keeps bees in Bond and surrounding counties in Illinois.

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Book description…

All the Buzz on Beekeeping in One Indispensable Book! If you’ve always wanted to start beekeeping but didn’t know where to begin, this is the book for you. For half the price of a one-day beekeeping class, you’ll have an ideal resource from veteran beekeepers that want you to succeed, giving you a wealth of advice and reference information, while avoiding the confusion of conflicting opinions. Best of all, you can enjoy and learn in the comfort of your own home. You’ll get the best information about how to start beekeeping, and how to expand and refine your craft. Based on the solid protocol of the Boy Scouts of America Beekeeping Merit Badge, this superb guide takes you through many levels of beekeeping. Using these techniques, your hives can prosper even in years when other beekeepers are experiencing losses. Whether you’re interested in producing honey, helping the environment, or investing in a fascinating and rewarding hobby, you’ll treasure this thorough, accessible, and valuable tool.

Introducing Kerry Atkinson, author of Bird Facts for Everyone

“Outskirts Press was very efficient and helpful for someone new to e-publishing like myself.”

Kerry Atkinson is a physician and cell biologist who has been fascinated by wildlife, and in particular, birds from childhood. He has written or edited three textbooks on bone marrow transplantation but this is his first book that is not about biomedical science or medicine. Born in Belfast, he was brought up in Tonbridge in Kent, England and graduated from the University of London. He has worked in medicine in the UK, the USA and Australia. He is still involved in biomedical research and in conducting clinical trials with stem cells in Australia.


Product description…

No bird books to date have included references to paintings by Velasquez, Van Gogh and John Constable, poetry by TS Eliot and Shelley or to Bob Dylan and Lamborghini sports cars – all with at least indirect links to birds and their behavior. This book contains facts on the number of bird species in the World, details of endemic bird species by country, the classification of birds, details of extinct birds, and special features of bird anatomy including eating, feathers and plumage, grooming and preening, eyesight, hearing, sense of smell, bills and beaks and feet. There is an extensive section on how and why birds sing and details of the many types of vocalization they use as well as non-vocal communications. Other sections detail the many types of bird flight, hunting techniques, courtship and mating, bird territories, nesting and the miracle of bird migration. There are additional sections on bird intelligence and learning, other aspects of bird behavior and details of bird lifespans. There is a list of the names used for for groups of birds of the same species. There is a section called FAQs, which answers questions such as which is the World’s largest bird, the World’s smallest bird, the fastest flying bird and the answers to many other questions about birds. There is a section on which person a specific bird species was named after, and finally a section on birds with the most intriguing names such as the Kagu, the Great Potoo, the Snoring Rail and the Melancholy Woodpecker. This book deals with birds from all seven of the World’s continents.