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Eco-Library - Field Guides

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Raptors of Western North America & Raptors of Eastern North America – The Wheeler Guides

by Brian K.Wheeler

Published by Princeton University Press

Raptors are incredible creatures and as a photographer I will have to admit that they are probably my favorite bird to photograph. They are regal and wild, ferocious and beautiful. The one point of trouble in watching or photography raptors is that they can be incredibly difficult to identify at times. The key to solving this problem lies in acquiring a good reference guide and now on available are a pair of field guides that are by far the best raptor guides on the market.  Raptors of Western North America & Raptors of Eastern North America – The Wheeler Guides by Brian K.Wheeler and published by Princeton University Press are simply masterful. They offer hundreds of brilliant, sharp and descriptive photos, detailed status and distribution, species traits, descriptions and much, much more. The species accounts are incredibly informative and exhaustedly researched and compiled by Brian K.Wheeler who is an incredibly talented photographer as well. Raptors of Western North America & Raptors of Eastern North America – The Wheeler Guides by Brian K.Wheeler and published by Princeton University Press are the best raptor guides period and are a must have for any nature lovers library.

 

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America (National Wildlife Federation Field Guide)
by Edward S. Brinkley

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Princeton Field Guides - Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters of the World

 By Derek Onley and Paul Scofield

Published by Princeton University Press

Many species of seabirds can be difficult to find and even harder to identify. They spend the majority of their times far out at sea, on the open ocean and rarely near land. Princeton Field Guides - Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters of the World by Derek Onley and Paul Scofield and published by Princeton University Press is the premier book on these seabirds. Every species is presented with full color descriptive illustration plates as well as detailed information on distribution, behaviour, plumage and identification. This informative book offers a comprehensive overview on Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters covering the four families their characteristics and taxonomic relationships, how to identify these birds and conservation issues they face. Princeton Field Guides - Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters of the World by Derek Onley and Paul Scofield and published by Princeton University Press is a must have for any birders library.

Butterflies of British Columbia

by John Acorn & Ian Sheldon

Published by Lone Pine Publishing

Like the incredible popularity of birdwatching, the study and appreciation of butterflies is a burgeoning and rewarding pastime. Butterflies are regular visitors to our parks, gardens and fields and they are an important part of our local ecosystems and sometimes proper identification of some species can be a real challenge. Butterflies of British Columbia by John Acorn & Ian Sheldon and published by Lone Pine Publishing is a great guide to these fascinating insects.  Butterflies of British Columbia covers each species of butterfly found in the province with a vivid colour illustration by Ian Sheldon and detailed information on their natural history, identification, distribution and flight season. This volume also offers an introduction to butterflies for the novice lepidopterist that includes a history on butterfly names, an overview of their biology as well as a very informative look at the study and appreciation of these marvelous creatures. Compact enough to easily slip into a backpack, Butterflies of British Columbia also offers a complete checklist as well as a useful and accurate quick reference guide. Butterflies of British Columbia by John Acorn & Ian Sheldon and published by Lone Pine Publishing is a fantastic addition to the library of any hiker, birdwatcher or naturalist living in B.C. and this well researched effort sheds an overdue light on a fascinating subject.

 

Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia

by Charlotte Corkran & Chris Toms

Published by Lone Pine Publishing

Amphibians are special creatures. They inhabit our forests, streams, ponds and lakes in surprising abundance and are vital parts these ecosystems. However amphibians are highly susceptible to habitat loss and changes and are regarded as indicators of environmental health. Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia by Charlotte Corkran & Chris Toms published by Lone Pine Publishing is the premier guide to the amazing frogs, toads and salamanders of the Pacific Northwest. In this volume the ins and outs of the amphibian world is arranged and displayed to perfection. Filled with vivid color photographs, Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia also provides detailed descriptions on the habitats, eggs, and hatchlings for each of the 36 species covered in this book. Detailed photographs are provided for each hatchling, tadpole juvenile and adult  As well as distribution maps and the incredibly useful and brilliantly offered habitat chart which is a simple graph that shows the habitat types in which the individual species can be found during each stage of development. Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia by Charlotte Corkran & Chris Toms published by Lone Pine Publishing is exceedingly comprehensive and a fabulously researched book. This guide is a brilliant edition to any home library and a must have for any outdoor enthusiast or nature lover.

 

 

Shorebirds of North America

 – The Photographic Guide

By Dennis Paulson

Published by Princeton University Press

Shorebirds are amazing animals - some species are capable of the longest migrations of the world's vertebrates. The wetlands and mudflats of North America host many species of shorebirds that stop to refuel on their long migratory flights to and from their breeding and wintering grounds. Shorebirds of North America – The Photographic Guide by Dennis Paulson and published by Princeton University Press is a superlative guide to these wonderful creatures. Packed with beautiful and vivid color photographs of each species, Paulson's book is an irresistible guide for anyone interested in these animals. The photographs are carefully selected to be helpful in aiding accurate identification of birds which are often very similar in appearance. His book offers detailed descriptions of size, plumage details, flight patterns, voice, behaviour, habitat and range. These descriptions are very useful but what makes this book stand out is the over 500 photos – with about 10 photos per species covering adult and juveniles and different plumages. Shorebirds of North America – The Photographic Guide by Dennis Paulson and published by Princeton University Press is the best reference on shorebirds on the market today and a 'must have' addition to any birders library.

 

Gulls of North America, Europe and Asia

by Klaus Malling Olsen and Hans Larsson

published by Princeton University Press

 

One of the challenges for birdwatchers, expert and novice alike, is the accurate identification of gulls throughout their stages of maturity. These wonderful birds display a regal beauty that is often taken for granted.  ‘Gulls of North America, Europe and Asia by Klaus Malling Olsen and Hans Larsson and published by Princeton University Press is an amazing book on these creatures. Every so often a book will come along that fills a niche so brilliantly that it becomes an unparalleled asset to own. The different gull species descriptions are perfectly complete and accurately thorough. This incredible reference offers many side by side comparison plates as well as individual accounts of 43 species of gull. Each account offers 2 different color plates, beautifully illustrated by Larsson, one standing of each plumage variation as well as one in flight.  The species accounts include measurements of wing, bill and tarsus and 3 full pages of color photos. This book is a tremendous effort. Few species guides come remotely close to achieving the effort of Gulls of North America, Europe and Asia by Klaus Malling Olsen and Hans Larsson; it sets an incredibly high standard of quality and will make a proud inclusion to any natural history library.

 

 

 

Bird Field Guides

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Wild Bird Guides – Great Horned Owl By Dwight G. Smith

Stokes Field Guide to Birds : Eastern Region (Stokes Field Guides); Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes.

 Stokes Field Guide to Birds : Western Region (Stokes Field Guides); Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes

National Geographic Society Field Guide to the Birds of North America

A Field Guide to the Birds : Of Eastern and Central North America: 4th Edition; Roger Tory Peterson

A Field Guide to Western Birds : 3rd Edition; Roger Tory Peterson

A Field Guide to the Birds : A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides); Roger Tory Peterson

All the Backyard Birds : East (American Bird Conservancy Compact Guide)
by Jack L. Griggs

Birding (Nature Company Guides)
by Joseph Forshaw

Birds : An Explore Your World Handbook
by Discovery Books, David Bird

Birds of North America Revised and Updated: A Guide to Field Identification

Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Fifth Edition: The long-awaited new fifth edition of the best-selling field guide of all time!

MAC's Field Guides: North America/Birds of Prey

Stokes Field Guide To Birds: Eastern Region

Birds of Texas: A Field Guide

The Birds of Texas

Birds of Michigan Field Guide

Birds of Ohio; Field Guide

MAC's Field Guides: Northern California Park/Garden Birds

Stokes Field Guide To Bird Songs: Western Birds

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico & Adjacent Areas: Belize, Guatemala & El Salvador

Kids Field Guides: Birds of North America: East

Field Guide to Birds of South Africa

Coat Pocket Bird Book: Field Guide to Birding

Stokes Beginner's Guide To Birds: Western Region

Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba

Backyard Birds

American Bird Conservancy's Field Guide to All the Birds of North America: A Revolutionary System Based on Feeding Behaviors & Field-Recognizable Feat

Birds Of Prey

A Field Guide to Birds of the Gambia & Senegal

Field Guide of the Birds in North America

Birds of Wisconsin Field Guide

Backyard Bird Song: Eastern And Central North America

Birds of Illinois; Field Guide

Bizarre Birds

Birds Of Prey

The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region

Birds of Minnesota: Field Guide

Field Guide to the Ocean Birds of North America

Stokes Field Guide To Birds: Western Region

Peterson Field Guide: To Eastern Birds

MAC's Field Guides: Northeast Coast Water Birds

Stokes Beginner's Guide To Birds: Eastern Region

Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi

A Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America

Stokes Field Guide To Bird Songs: Eastern Region

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico & Adjacent Areas: Belize, Guatemala & El Salvador

Another Field Guide to Little Known and Seldom Seen Birds of North America

Birds of Pennsylvania: Field Guide

MAC's Field Guides: Northeast Park/Backyard Birds

Field Guide To Mexican Birds

Stokes Field Guide To Bird Songs: Western Region

Western Bird Songs

MAC's Field Guides: Northwest Coast Water Birds

Eastern Birds' Nests

MAC's Field Guides: Northwest Park/Backyard Birds

Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds

Field Guide to Eastern Birds

Stokes Field Guide To Bird Songs: Eastern Region

Bizarre Birds

Field Guide Birds Of Solomons Vanuatu

Bird Life

MAC's Field Guides: California Coastal Birds

Peterson Field Guides: Western Birds' Nests

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

MAC's Field Guides: Northeast Park/Backyard Birds

Peterson Field Guides: Birds of the West Indies

Golden Guide Birds

Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico & Northern Central America

First Field Guide: Birds

 

Insect & Invertebrate Field Guides

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A guide to common freshwater invertebrates of North America By J. Reese Voshell, Jr. and illustrated by Amy Bartlett Wright.

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders by Lorus J. Milne

 

Insects : A Guide to Familiar American Insects (Golden Guides) by Herbert Spencer Zim, Clarence Cottam

 

About Insects: A Guide for Children
by Cathryn P. Sill

 

Animal Ecology : Special Reference to Insects
by Royal N. Chapman

 

Beetles : A Field Guide to the Beetles of North America
by Richard E. White, Peterson

 

The Birder's Bug Book
by Gilbert Waldbauer

 

Butterflies and Moths : A Guide to the More Common American Species (Golden Guides)
by Robert T. Mitchell

 

Mammal Field Guides

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  National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals

 

A Field Guide to Animal Tracks (Peterson Field Guides) by Olaus J. Murie, Roger Tory Peterson

 

A Guide to Animal Tracking and Behavior (Stories Nature Guides) by Donald W. Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes

 

Tracks, Scats, and Signs (Young Naturalist Field Guides)
by Leslie A. Dendy

 

A Field Guide to the Mammals : North America North of Mexico (Peterson Field Guides); William H. Burt, Richard P. Grossenheider

 

 

Plant & Tree Field Guides

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Peterson Field Guides - Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs.

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  National Audubon Society Field Guide To North American Wildflowers

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast : Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska by Jim Pojar

 

The Adirondack Nature Guide
by Sheri Amsel

 

Alaska's Wild Plants: A Guide to Alaska's Edible Harvest
by Janice J. Schofield

 

Alpine Flower Finder : The Key to Wildflowers Found Above Treeline in the Rocky Mountains
by Loraine Yeatts, Janet L. Wingate

 

America's Deserts : Guide to Plants and Animals
by Marianne D. Wallace

 

America's Mountains : Guide to Plants and Animals
by Marianne D. Wallace

 

Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast
by Charles D. Stutzenbaker

 

A Field Guide to Western Trees (Peterson Field Guides: 44); George A. Petrides, Roger Tory Peterson

 

 

Reptile and Amphibian Field Guides

Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia

by Charlotte Corkran & Chris Toms

Published by Lone Pine Publishing

Amphibians are special creatures. They inhabit our forests, streams, ponds and lakes in surprising abundance and are vital parts these ecosystems. However amphibians are highly susceptible to habitat loss and changes and are regarded as indicators of environmental health. Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia by Charlotte Corkran & Chris Toms published by Lone Pine Publishing are the premier guide to the amazing frogs, toads and salamanders of the Pacific Northwest. In this volume the ins and outs of the amphibian world is arranged and displayed to perfection. Filled with vivid color photographs, Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia also provides detailed descriptions on the habitats, eggs, and hatchlings for each of the 36 species covered in this book. Detailed photographs are provided for each hatchling, tadpole juvenile and adult  As well as distribution maps and the incredibly useful and brilliantly offered habitat chart which is a simple graph that shows the habitat types in which the individual species can be found during each stage of development. Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia by Charlotte Corkran & Chris Toms published by Lone Pine Publishing is exceedingly comprehensive and a fabulously researched book. This guide is a brilliant edition to any home library and a must have for any outdoor enthusiast or nature lover.

 

 

Reptiles of the Northwest British Columbia to California

by Alan St. John

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The Exotic Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida

By Walter E.Meshaka, Jr., Brian P. Butterfield, & J. Brian Hauge

Published by Krieger Publishing

The Exotic Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida is the latest guide from Krieger Publishing and takes a wonderful focus on the many introduced species of reptiles and amphibians that have come to reside in this sunny state. This comprehensive guide book provides species descriptions, habitat and habit reports as well as informative and descriptive maps of the species current distribution in Florida. The Exotic Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida also offers vivid color photographs of each turtle, frog, lizard and snake in this book. Walter E.Meshaka, Jr., Brian P. Butterfield, & J. Brian Hauge have provided a unique effort, putting the serious issue of invasive alien species to the forefront while still offering an informative and entertaining read.

 

National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Amphibians by Brian Cassie

 

A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants : North America : North of Mexico (Peterson's Field Guides)
by Steven Foster and Roger A. Caras

 

 

 

 

 
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