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Outwitting Squirrels
Outwitting Squirrels

Outwitting Squirrels

101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels


240 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: April 2014

ISBN 9781613749418

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2014)


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The 48 million Americans of all ages who enjoy feeding wild birds and spend more than $3 billion a year on bird food alone all share a common enemy—the squirrel. For 25 years, Outwitting Squirrels has been leading the charge to help bird lovers defend their feeders from these fast, greedy, incredibly crafty creatures who pillage birdfeeders before owners’ very eyes. This classic defense manual for the besieged bird feeder has been fully updated to deal with the more tech-savvy, 21st-century squirrel. It provides 101 cunning strategies, both serious and hilarious, for outsmarting these furry, but not so cute, creatures. Author Bill Adler Jr. discusses the different bird personalities and the best seed to attract them. He rates birdfeeders based upon how squirrel-proof, or squirrel-vexing they are, and discusses creative anti-squirrel structures and devices. Spooker poles, Perrier bottles, baffled fishing line, Teflon spray, Vaseline, water bombs, cayenne pepper, and Nixalite—the author has tried them all and he regales readers with his squirrel adventures and misadventures.


“Ingenious tricks to keep squirrels from eating all the seed when the feeders fail.” —Washington Post

“A masterpiece on squirrel strategy.” —The Wall Street Journal

"Now for the first time, the sum of human knowledge about squirrels and the strategies to defeat them are available in one place." —Booklist 

"Innovative schemes for skunking squirrels." —USA Today

“An indispensable guidebook.” —Country Almanac

“Switch Bill Murray for Bill Adler Jr. and the gopher for a squirrel, and you've got this humorous little guide book in a nutshell.”  —New Orleans Times-Picayune

Author Biography

Bill Adler Jr. is the author of more than 20 books, including Boys and Their Toys: Understanding Men by Understanding Their Relationship with Gadgets and How to Negotiate Like a Child: Unleash the Little Monster Within to Get Everything You Want. He lives in Washington, DC.