We are so excited! The Library Journal, a respected resource relied on for 140 years by librarians in communities, colleges and schools nationwide declares Making Bird-Friendly Birdhouses a "Highly recommended" read!

From the review by Marjorie Mann:
VERDICT This book comes with easy-to-follow tips on building habitats for common bird species, suggestions for how children might participate, and safety tips when making the birdhouses. An excellent introduction and first stop for families and individuals interested in becoming bird watchers or at-home environmentalists. Highly recommended
Read the full Library Journal review here:


Matt and Mel KXEO

KXEO Hosted Matt & Mel on Meet the Community Saturday, July 13th. Matt & Mel discuss their backgrounds and being a part of the Mexico community.  They also chat about Gold Crest Distributing, crafting their recently released book and the projects within. Listen to the segment here!

Matt Maguire and Mel Toellner were invited to chat about their newly published book Making Bird-Friendly Bird Houses with Matt Pilger on the KXEO AM I Awake Morning Show Tuesday morning. If you missed the July 9th interview, you can listen here:

Listen to Matt & Mel on the Am I Awake Morning Show!

A book launch and signing event will be held Wednesday June 10th from 4 to 6 at the Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Stop by to meet the authors and celebrate the publication! 


Join Matthew Maguire and Mel Toellner for a book launch and signing event Wednesday, July 10th at the Mexico Chamber of Commerce office from 4-6PM.

Join Mel and Matt to celebrate the official publication of Making Bird Friendly Birdhouses! Books will be available for purchase and both authors will gladly sign them if desired. Refreshments will be served including adult beverages.

Matthew Maguire, a 2005 graduate of Mexico High School, is the Shop Manager for Songbird Essentials Products here in Mexico. Matt oversees the manufacturing of over 150 different wild bird nest boxes, feeders, and other outdoor nature products. Co-author, Mel Toellner commented, “Our family was blessed when Matthew joined our team several years ago and I absolutely could not have done this book without him.” Toellner continued, “We wrote the book in a way that someone who just wants to buy a nest box can use this book as a checklist for the features that are critical for the success of the birds that use it. Matthew’s instructions to build will make the construction of any of the 15 projects fun and easy!

Completed samples of most projects shown in the book will be on display at the event.


About Bird Man Mel

Mel Toellner known affectionately as "Bird Man Mel" is a birding enthusiast and entrepreneur. He and his family founded their Columbia, MO birding retail store Songbird Station along with their Mexico, MO birding focused distribution and manufacturing company Gold Crest Distributing in 1995.

Mel’s passion for birding is apparent and he delights in sharing his extensive knowledge with all who are interested in learning about backyard birds. Mel hosts seminars at Songbird Station periodically and has an array of educational videos on the Bird Man Mel YouTube Channel.

We thank you for taking the time to check out Bird Man Mel and hope you will enjoy all the birding resources and information we have compiled here. If you are not local to the central MO area, we can help you find a local retailer who carries our products! Just send us an email with your zip code and we will locate a store for you. You can also find our products on our website SongbirdEssentials.com. We ship throughout the continental US and have feeders and nature realted giftable items that are sure to please.

Follow Mel on Facebook!  and check oout the Bird Man Mel Live Videos on Mel’s YouTube Channel!



Bird Man Mel’s tips for bringing more birds to your backyard

  1. Attract hummingbirds to your feeders or flowers by hanging out a big red Christmas bow.
  2. Attract Baltimore orioles with half of an orange, fleshy side out, and grape or blackberry jelly.
  3. In the fall don’t deadhead zinnias or marigolds. Goldfinches love their seed heads.
  4. Put out a birdbath. Water attracts 10 times more birds than seed.
  5. Mosquito problems? Put up a bat house as they eat lots of mosquitoes. 
  6. Best feeders to attract birds? Hanging trays and open, fly-through feeders.
  7. To get more bluebirds, place your houses at least 100 yards apart
It is so important to us to encourage everyone to see the beauty and wonder of God’s world.

"Remember Nature is a Stress Reliever from God. Take time today to listen to the Birds Sing."
Bird Man Mel
Bird Man Mel

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