I included the Hummingbirds for the novelty.
George, Thanks for the comment. I own both Peterson reptile guides, and the eastern edition was one of the very first field guides I owned as a kid.
I have received many great recommendations so may do another blog on more great field guides. Butterflies of the East Coast is one of my favorites. Bird of North America Golden Guide. They also all feature dichotomous keys which is essential for any serious naturalist. This guide can also help you identify any nymph to species level with phenomenal keys. Easily the best in its class. Also has amazing pictures in keys. It is simply amazing though and the best in its class for proficient ID. Flora of alberta by moss is similar in quality but specific to AB region -Also on another note my favourite books for wild edibles are easily The Foragers Harvest and Natures Garden by Thayer could not recommend these enough for anyone interested in wild edibles -Lichens of North America by Brodo.
Simply a masterpiece. I dare you to find a review that is not good. Once again though very advanced and quite pricey. Once again these are just a select few there are tons out there for every order,family, genus or even just species. If you have any questions about any of them or any field guides on specific topics feel free to ask or feel free to suggest more options.
Finally not all the titles I put are exact and I may have spelling mistakes in authors names so sorry for that. With there being so many species of arthropods in the world, you really need a good field guide that focuses in on a particular order, such as beetles, dragonflies, butterflies. Here is a great list of particularly helpful general and a few extremely specific ones. Heartbroken when I lost it! But it was always handy when someone unusual made an appearance in the back yard like a peregrine falcon who had caught a pigeon and was eating it on a branch near the house!
Love the Sibley. And a squirrel guide! I will have to check it out. Several items on the list are geared towards the western states and not the entire US. Looks like he could make a list for the eastern states as well as there are guides out there for both since many of the species are different from one coast to the other. This one is full of […]. The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada Heyday Books is wonderful because comprehensive on species, from trees to fungi to birds to plants — and because Laws is an artist, he teaches discernment so well, including how to key a plant.
Every state or ecoregion should have their own set of these guide books. In Kenya such guides are scarce. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeastern Ohio. A well organized, comprehensive guide. Applies to more than Ohio.
Field Guide to the Insects of South Africa by Picker, M.; Griffiths, C.; Weaving, A.
Stunning photography. Published by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Larry O. Rosche and Judy Semroc.
I would like to share a recent observation and get your feedback I am seeing some changes in nature here in Arizona taking place that are very disturbing I am in a position to see things that others might not notice… Swimming pools are traps for insects… I have always scooped insects up from the surface of pools and tried to save their lives…Pools have always been traps full of insects… Recently there are no insects in these traps…They are literally gone.. I am seeing fewer and fewer birds around..
I am concluding the humans are far more adaptable to climate change than small creatures such as insects …The smaller the creature the less adaptable it probably is.. The gurus talk about how life in the oceans is impacted by changes of 1 or 2 degrees… The insect size creatures around us in Arizona are impacted by recent climate changes of 10 degrees or more… I went out this morning and sat by the pool….
In one half hour I saw 3 birds… One was a bird of prey looking for the same thing I was looking for.. We may have to change our perspective.. I hope there is another answer to what I have observed, but I have to think that the bottom of the food chain is not adapting to the drastic climate changes we are experiencing..
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- Field Guide to Insects of South Africa (Field Guide Series).
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- Stuarts' Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa.
- Field Guide to Insects of South Africa by Mike Picker.
Shame on you! All of life depends on the beings that turn sunlight into food.
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- When The Animals Went To Play (An illustrated bedtime story for children ages Baby – 4 years) (Dixie Tails).
- Epico Bayou.
- Insects of South Africa (Pocket Guide) im Namibiana Buchdepot;
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Natural history is not just about animals. Not one guide on plants, or fungi, or lichens, etc. If you look at the extinction crisis numbers, it is the plants that are giving way first. Everything else will follow. Humans have stirred plant life on the planet so violently without regard to the consequences, that our ecological relationships are breaking down. It would behoove us to at least know what is of use to our local ecology and what is not.
That is the most basic lesson in natural history of all. No compatible plants, no insects. No insects, no birds. I find the photography of the Audubon field guides especially helpful as either a primary or secondary i. The regional, e. Hello Matthew, I appreciate your blog and wonder if you would be interested in reviewing some of our nature guides. They are a laminated 12 panel folding format, and are intended to present information about the animal and plant life in an accessible format. From memory I think it might be southern flying squirrel. Many of us with interest in less common groups of insects were drawn here through butterflies and before that with birds.
I guess we can think of birds as that first gateway drug. Where are plants? I have and collect many field guides. It has some simple yet effective summary pages showing many birds of a particular group. It has sonograms next to many birds to see their calls. Although I use some apps in the field, like Ibird, I still love the field of having the physical book with me and carry a small rubbermaid tub in my car that has most of the field guides that I use on a regular basis.
As the latter are going to be used, get dirty, maybe wet etc. I purchase used copies, often Ex-Lib, to bounce around in my car. Thanks for your comment.
My goal for this post was to show the diversity of field guides out there, from general overview to more specialized. Miller January 21, Follow Matthew. Twitter Facebook Mail Print. Smart nature straight to your inbox every week Sign up for the newsletter. Let me know your own favorites in the comments section. Harper Design. Princeton University Press. Google Scholar. Burgess N. Journal of East African Natural History 87, special issue, pp.
Cahusac B. Kakamega Forestthe official guide. Kenya Indigenous Forest Conservation Programme, 67 pp. Kingdon J. Classey Ltd Google Scholar.
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