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Roosts that rule: Designer birdhouses

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 8:25 am, Fri May 16, 2014.

To judge from the imaginative birdhouses in Anne Schmauss’ new book, Birdhouses of the World, some birds are inhabiting stylish architecture of the sort most of us can only dream about. Schmauss is well known to birders in the Santa Fe area. Her column, “For the Birds,” alerts readers of The Santa Fe New Mexican to comings and goings among the flying feathered folk, and for 20 years she has co-owned the store Wild Birds Unlimited in Santa Fe, which purveys avian necessities and serves many locals as a hub through which to share information about the species they spy through their binoculars. On Saturday, May 10, bird aficionados will flock to her store to celebrate the launch of Birdhouses of the World (Stewart, Tabori & Chang/Abrams). The book spotlights birdhouses created by 28 designer-builders around the world, ranging from extravagant edifices in the Hansel and Gretel mold to sleek modernist structures of minimalist chic.

Pasatiempo: A basic bluebird house is one thing, but the birdhouses you feature in your new book are really extraordinary. What was involved in gathering the photographs for this book?

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