Outwitting Squirrels

Outwitting Squirrels
Outwitting Squirrels

Outwitting Squirrels

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


240 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

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

ISBN 9781613749418

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2014)


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Bird-loving Americans share a common problem: squirrels! These fast, greedy, incredibly crafty, fluffy-tailed rodents pillage birdfeeders before owners' very eyes. For 25 years, Outwitting Squirrels has been leading the charge to help bird lovers defend their feeders. This classic defense manual for the besieged birder has been fully updated to deal with the more tech-savvy twenty-first-century squirrel. It provides 101 cunning strategies, both serious and hilarious, for outsmarting these furry, but not so cute, creatures. Adler 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 antisquirrel 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 here he regales intrepid bird feeders with his squirrel-thwarting 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.