MPR's Tom Crann went out last week just north of Minneapolis, off Highway 169, to New Hope, to meet Sharon Stiteler. The blogger behind Birdchick.com, and a National Park Ranger at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, is out with a new book: "1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know: Tips and Trivia for the Backyard and Beyond."
Crann and Stiteler met in her friend Lynne Schoenborn's suburban backyard patio to get a sneak peak at the book's highlights, and get a few questions answered.
Among them: For someone who has trouble picking out the differences between a warbler and a wren, what are some tips to get started on the right foot? And, now that we're in the nesting season, what's the best way to attract lovebirds to your yard so you can maybe see some baby birds later?
To hear Stiteler's answers, click on the audio link above.
"1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know: Tips and Trivia for the Backyard and Beyond," will be released on May 7 by Running Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group.
To get more advice from "The Birdchick," visit her website, especially its book preview. Stiteler also recommends the global tools for birders provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society.
Stiteler's recommended smartphone apps that make birding better.
• Favorite: BirdsEye
• Beginner: iBird Lite and Pro
• Serious: Sibley eGuide to Birds