I love this DVD! Okay, forget that I'm a nature nut--I'd love
it anyway! Crowe's Nest Media has put together a great resource
for learning about 18 common wild birds of the Eastern and Central
United States. By the end of the 58-minute DVD, you'll be well
on your way to identifying all 18 varieties by both sight and sound.
Watch the DVD a few times and you'll be a pro!
Three real-life siblings and one animated owl are your hosts for
this creation-based, God-honoring informational DVD. The siblings
teach you facts about birds in general and introduce you to each
of the 18 birds highlighted. The animated owl, Professor Solomon,
steps in to teach more specifically about each bird, including
its markings, songs, and habits.
Several up-close images are shown of each highlighted bird, including
mates when they differ from their counterparts. Even though you
can often find these particular birds noted in field guides, the
DVD offers real-life videos and photos that make a bigger impact
than most field guides. More unique and helpful are the clear and
distinct birds' calls that are included. Professor Solomon makes
a point to discuss each bird's call, giving you hints about what
to listen for and what the sound mimics. Hearing the calls alongside
the videos of the birds makes connections that are more lasting
than other methods of learning birdcalls.
Information about the birds is presented in color categories.
In other words, all the blue birds are introduced on the same track
of the DVD so that you can learn about them together, noting variations.
This has been a huge help for us in identification! Between each
bird color category, the DVD offers some bonus teaching about John
James Audubon, making backyard bird feeders, and range mapping
as well as a beautiful bird video set to the music of "Amazing
Even though the video is probably most appropriate for children
12 and under, my teenager and I have both learned a lot about bird
identification. For those of you who enjoy nature study and/or
backyard birding, the retail price of $19.95 is very fair. Happy