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Fifty Common Birds of Farm and Orchard

Description: "The principal object of this bulletin is to put into the hands of those interested in our native birds concise information as to the nature of the good or harm certain birds do on the farm and in the orchard. In order that friends may be distinguished from foes, a ready means of recognizing the several species is needed." -- p. 2
Date: 1913
Creator: United States. Bureau of Biological Survey.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fur laws for the season 1929-30.

Description: Discusses the importance of conservation practices to preserve fur resources. Provides a summary of U.S. federal and state laws related to game animals, as well as related laws of Canada, the Dominion of Newfoundland, and Mexico.
Date: 1929
Creator: Earnshaw, Frank L. & Grimes, Frank G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Muskrat as a Fur Bearer, with Notes on Its Use as Food

Description: "This bulletin is intended primarily to show the economic importance of the muskrat, or musquash, our most valuable fur bearer, and to encourage further legislation for its protection. Although injurious in some localities, it is for the most part an inhabitant of places unsuited for agriculture. Its growing value for fur and meat makes it desirable to preserve and perpetuate this resource. To this end the bulletin gives an account of the muskrat's habits as well as of its commercial importance and suggests the private utilization of ponds and marsh lands for an increased production of fur and meat." -- p. 2
Date: 1917
Creator: Lantz, David E. (David Ernest)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rabbit Raising

Description: Report discussing best practices for raising rabbits and common uses of rabbits. Topics discussed rabbit breeds, costs, food, shelter, markets, dressing, and use of rabbits for food. Includes recipes.
Date: 1920
Creator: Dearborn, Ned, 1865-
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Community Bird Refuges

Description: Report explaining how communities may establish bird refuges. Because birds eat injurious insects and provide aesthetic value to communities, it is desirable to increase their numbers in most communities. Bird refuges may be established on farms, at roadsides, in parks and fairgrounds, at schools and colleges, in cemeteries, and at reservoirs.
Date: 1921
Creator: McAtee, W. L. (Waldo Lee), 1883-1962
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Crow in Its Relation to Agriculture: Is It a Farm Pest?

Description: Report discussing the advantages and disadvantages of crows to farmers. Crows are omnivorous and feed upon a wide array of plants, animals, and insects. Topics discussed include its distribution, life cycle, and economic status as well as methods farmers can use to protect their crops and poultry.
Date: 1920
Creator: Kalmbach, E. R. (Edwin Richard), 1884-1972
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Field Mice as Farm and Orchard Pests

Description: "The ravages of short-tailed field mice in many parts of the United States result in serious losses to farmers, orchardists, and those concerned with the conservation of our forests, and the problem of controlling the animals is one of considerable importance." -- title page. This report discusses the differences between meadow mice and pine mice -- the two kind of short-tailed field mice -- and describes methods for exterminating them through trapping and poisoning.
Date: 1915
Creator: Lantz, David E. (David Ernest)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

How to Attract Birds in Northeastern United States

Description: "The means of increasing the number of birds about our homes are few and simple. They comprise adequate protection and the provision of suitable nesting places, food, and water.... This bulletin [recommends] practicable methods of attracting birds about homes [in the northeastern United States]. Especial attention will be given to the value of fruit-bearing shrubs and trees." -- title page. Protection for birds, winter feeding, water supplies, and nesting boxes and birdhouses are also discussed.
Date: 1914
Creator: McAtee, W. L. (Waldo Lee), 1883-1962
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The English Sparrow as a Pest

Description: Revised edition. "The English sparrow defiles private and public property, fights and dispossesses useful native birds, replaces their songs with discordant sounds, and destroys fruit, grain, and garden truck.... The methods of ridding premises of English sparrows advocated in this bulletin have been used with success and can be relied upon if followed carefully and persistently. No one should undertake to kill these birds, however, unless able to distinguish them from native sparrows with absolute certainty. Otherwise some of the most valued songsters surely will be destroyed." -- p. 2
Date: 1917
Creator: Dearborn, Ned
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bird Houses and How to Build Them

Description: "A few years ago only four species were commonly regarded as house birds -- the house wren, the bluebird, the tree swallow, and the martin. Since the movement to protect birds and make neighbors of them began, however, their natures and needs have become better understood, and it is now known that many other species will avail themselves of houses constructed for them by their human friends. The practice of erecting bird houses in this country, while now nation-wide, is not so common and uniformly distributed as it should be, and more extended provisions of this nature can not fail to result in a largely increased number of house birds." -- p. 2
Date: 1914
Creator: Dearborn, Ned, 1865-
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

How to Attract Birds in the Middle Atlantic States

Description: "For economic as well as for aesthetic reasons an effort should be made to attract and protect birds and to increase their numbers. Where proper measures of this kind have been taken an increase of several fold in the bird population has resulted, with decreased losses from depredations of injurious insects. This bulletin is one of a series intended to describe the best methods of attracting birds in various parts of the United States, especially by providing a food supply and other accessories about the homestead." -- p. 2. This particular bulletin focuses on birds in the Middle Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.
Date: 1917
Creator: McAtee, W. L. (Waldo Lee), 1883-1962
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Economic Value of North American Skunks

Description: "Among fur animals [the skunk] is second in importance in the United States, the muskrat alone exceeding it in total value of fur produced. Skunk are kept and reared easily in captivity, and under intelligent management may become a source of profit, although thus far those who have made money in raising them have sold the animals chiefly for breeding purposes. Further experiment will be required to decide whether they can be made profitable as fur producers in captivity.... This bulletin discusses the habits and economic importance of the skunk, and furnishes ample instructions to those who desire to raise the animals in inclosures." -- p. 2
Date: 1917
Creator: Lantz, David E. (David Ernest)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Economic Value of North American Skunks

Description: "Among fur animals [the skunk] is second in importance in the United States, the muskrat alone exceeding it in total value of fur produced. Skunk are kept and reared easily in captivity, and under intelligent management may become a source of profit, although thus far those who have made money in raising them have sold the animals chiefly for breeding purposes. Further experiment will be required to decide whether they can be made profitable as fur producers in captivity.... This bulletin discusses the habits and economic importance of the skunk, and furnishes ample instructions to those who desire to raise the animals in inclosures." -- p. 2
Date: 1923
Creator: Lantz, David E. (David Ernest)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

How to Attract Birds in Northwestern United States

Description: This report discusses steps that can be taken by residents of the northwestern United States to attract birds to their homes and farms. Needs for protections from natural enemies, breeding places, and food and water are each discussed
Date: 1916
Creator: McAtee, W. L. (Waldo Lee), 1883-1962
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Canaries: Their Care and Management

Description: "This bulletin, intended to meet the requests continually received for information on the care of canaries in sickness and health, is compiled from numerous sources, and includes also some personal experiences and observations of the author. In it the history of the domestication of the canary is touched upon, and there is a brief account, with illustrations, of the common and fancy varieties, which are distinguished by shape and color. The chief usefulness of the bulletin is in its discussion of practical problems. There is a section on the style of cages and their sanitation. Detailed information is given concerning bathing, molt, and food, including the feeding of special foods for deepening the color of the birds. One chapter shows the possibility of breeding canaries in captivity and is designed as an aid to this. The concluding pages deal with the health of the birds. Methods of ridding them of vermin are set forth, as well as instructions for caring for fractured legs and wings, and for the treatment of respiratory and intestinal diseases and of such ailments as loss of feathers. The bulletin is intended for all who are interested in canaries." -- p. 2
Date: 1916
Creator: Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Domesticated Silver Fox

Description: "In the following pages are considered facts relative to the development of silver fox farming; the precautions necessary to be taken with the animals in breeding and in sickness and health; the construction of inclosures and nesting dens; the expenses of the business as well as its profits; and, in general, how and where fox farming may be undertaken with the promise of any degree of success. The distinction between red, cross, silveer, and black foxes is explained and the relative values of the pelts discussed." -- p. 2
Date: 1917
Creator: Dearborn, Ned
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cottontail Rabbits in Relation to Trees and Farm Crops

Description: This report discusses the habits of cottontail rabbits and means for controlling their populations in order to protect farm crops and trees. In addition to the rabbit's natural enemies and diseases, effective means of control include hunting, trapping, poisoning, and fences.
Date: 1916
Creator: Lantz, David E. (David Ernest)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department