Broadsides from the Other Orders: A Book of Bugs
Author: Sue Hubbell
Publisher: Random House, NY: 1993
California Natural History Guide No. 50: The Natural History of Vacant Lots
Authors: Vessel, M.F. and H.H. Wong
Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley: 1987
A Field Guide to Insects North of Mexico
Authors: Borrer, D.J. and R.E. White
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA: 1970
A Field Guide to Nearby Nature: Fields and Woods of the Midwest and East Coast
Author: Kochanoff, P.
Publisher: Mountain Press, Missoula, MT: 1994
A Field Guide to Your Own Backyard
Author: Mitchell, J.H.
Publisher: W.W. Norton, NY: 1985
Fruit Key and Twig Key to Trees and Shrubs
Author: Harlow, W.M.
Publisher: Dover Publications, NY: 1946
Guide to Colorado Wildflowers
Volume 1: Plains and Foothills
Volume 2: Mountains
Author: Guennel, G.K.
Publisher: Westcliffe Publishers, Englewood, CO: 1995
How to Know the Spiders
The Picture Key Nature Series
Author: Kaston, B.J.
Publisher: Wm C. Brown Company, Dubuque, IA: 1972 (third edition)
No Bones: A Key to Bugs and Slugs, Worms and Ticks, Spiders and Centipedes, and Other Creepy Crawlies
Author: Shepherd, E.
Publisher: Macmillan, NY: 1988
The Shrub Identification Book
Author: Symonds, G.W.D.
Publisher: William Morrow, NY: 1963
Spiders and their Kin
The Golden Guide Series
Authors: Levi, H.W. and L.R. Levi
Publisher: Golden Press, NY: 1990
Suburban Nature Guide: How to Discover and Identify the Wildlife in Your Backyard
Authors: Mohrhardt, D. and R.E. Schinkel
Publisher: Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA: 1991
The Tree Identification Book: A New Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees
Author: Symonds, G.W.D.
Publisher: M. Barrows, NY: 1958
Tree Trails in Central Park
Author: Graff, M.M.
Publisher: Greensward Foundation Inc., NY: 1970
Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada
Author: Harlow, W.M.
Publisher: Dover Publications, NY: 1957
Winter Botany: An Identification Guide to Native Trees And Shrubs
Author: Trelease, W.
Publisher: Dover Publications, NY: 1931
Woodlands, Wetlands & Wildlife: A Guide to the Natural Areas of New York City Parks
Publisher: City of New York Parks and Recreation: 1994
Field Guide Series
Audubon Society Guides
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, NY
Description: The Audubon Society puts out three series of identification guides--Field Guides (comprehensive), Pocket Guides (limited to most common species), and Nature Guides (guides to major ecosystems, including their habitats and inhabitants), all of which use photographs to illustrate species. These series support identification through the use of the most salient shapes and colors of species (while the text supplies more general information), and the photographic plates are arranged by these characteristics. This organization assumes that the user will page through the book rather than follow a key when searching for a species' identity.
Publisher: Golden Press, NY
Description: Golden Press publishes two series--Golden Nature Guides and Golden Field Guides. These are excellent, easy to follow, and extremely inexpensive series intended for children and beginner naturalists. The books use colored drawings as species illustrations, with text descriptions on the opposing page. Identification is based on comparisons between specimens and drawings (there are no keys), while limiting scientific terminology.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston
Description: Peterson puts out two series--Field Guide (comprehensive) and First Guide (more simplified, less comprehensive). Identification is based on "keying out" species using a simplified dichotomous key. Species are illustrated using both color and black-and-white drawings, with arrows placed to point out key "species-specific" features. Identification can be done either using the key in concert with the pictures, or through comparison with the pictures.
Stokes Nature Guide Series
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co., Boston
Description: The Stokes Guides are limited to the most common species. These focus on how and where organisms live through discussions of behavior, ecology and life history. Species are illustrated through black-and-white drawings, which are scattered throughout the text. Identification is made by comparison with these pictures.
More About This Resource...
This reference includes individual titles of note along with the most popular field guide series. For each guide, the author, publisher, and publication date are given. The diverse list has:
- 17 individual titles, which cover everything from wildflowers in the Colorado mountains and insects north of Mexico to the natural history of vacant lots; and
- detailed descriptions of four of the most popular field guide series: Audubon Society Guides, Golden Guides, Peterson Guides, and Stokes Nature Guide Series.