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Atlantic and Gulf Coasts (Audubon Society Nature Guides) by William Amos, Stephen Amos
My comments:
This guide is intended to help the user discover all the many kinds of habitats on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The guide is intended to be used both at home and in the field. If I take it with me, I leave it in the car since it is an awkward size. It is divided into 4 parts -color plates, species description, essays and appendices. It attempts to cover all the wildlife expected in one book. There are over 600 color photos and plates. It does a very credible job, but you will find that an extra resource on one subject or another will be useful.

desert.jpg - 2639 BytesDeserts (Audubon Society Nature Guides)by James MacMahon
azcactus@primenet.com from Bisbee, Arizona , 10/27/97, rating=10:
A desert rat raves about "Deserts!" Vol. 45, #12 ....On The Desert By David L. Eppele azcactus@primenet.com Bisbee, Arizona 10-27-97 Audubon Society Nature Guide "Deserts"
I'm often asked to identify a tree, shrub, bug, bird or a Cactus by telephone. The call goes something like this: "David, I read your column On The Desert each week and I enjoy it. While we were hiking in the Pelloncillo mountains this weekend, I found a little fuzzy brown and white cactus that looks like a giant golf ball, covered with hooks... "What's the plant with yellow flowers that I see on the roadsides?" Since there are at least 20 plants with yellow flowers that can be found growing by the side of the road in our area, I need a lot more information than the caller can give me. This brings us to the subject of books that are used as field guides. There are bird books, rock books, mammal books, tree books and even buggy-books. Cacti of The Southwest, by Hubert Earle, is probably the best cactus field guide, but what about snakes or butterflies? The absolutely best all-around field guide that I can recommend to newcomers and old-timers alike is "Deserts." It's a field guide produced by the National Audubon Society. It sells for $19.95 and is published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. of New York. The author is James A. MacMahon, of Utah State University. Of all the field guides I've ever used, "Deserts" is by far the best. Here's what you get for your hard-earned 20 bucks: A 638-page guide to just about everything that flies, lives, walks, crawls and grows on our deserts. There's an excellent introduction to the four major deserts and they even got the Chihuahua desert in the right place...sort of. It has two maps of the Chihuahua desert. The old one displays the traditional boundaries of the desert, while the new map reflects a much larger desert, with a finger of it extending into Arizona. There are actually three fingers of the Chihuahua desert that extend into Arizona. But hey, we can't have everything overnight! "Deserts" has species descriptions for Wildflowers, Mushrooms, Reptiles and Amphibians, Fishes, Trees, Shrubs, Cactus, Grasses, Insects, Spiders, Butterflies, Moths, Mammals and Birds. Now here's the bestest part: The guide is arranged in four parts-habitat essays, COLOR PLATES, species descriptions and appendices. There is easily enough information in this single book to replace a whole library of field guides! There are over 600 photographs of different plant and animal species. The species descriptions cover the most important information about a plant or animal, including description, the range, specific habitat and comments. The appendices include a bibliography, a glossary and a comprehensive index. "Deserts" is the book I recommend to all desert travelers. It will be a great Christmas gift for the whole family. "Deserts" is available at your favorite book store or on-line from the big bookstore in cyberspace, Amazon. Their address is www.amazon.com. 1997, Arizona Cactus.
My comments:
This guide is intended to help the user discover the many kinds of desert habitats and the relationship among the plants and animals that live there. The guide is intended to be used both at home and in the field. If I take it with me, I leave it in the car since it is an awkward size. It is divided into 4 parts -color plates, species description, essays and appendices. It attempts to cover all the wildlife expected in one book. There are over 600 color photos and plates. It does a very credible job, but you will find that an extra resource on one subject or another will be useful.

Eastern Forests (Audubon Society Nature Guides) by Ann Sutton, Myron Sutton, National Audubon Society
My comments:
A fairly comprehensive field guide, fully illustrated with color photos to the trees, wildflowers, birds, mammals, and insects of North America's forest and woodlands from Hudson Bay to Florida. The guide is intended to be used both at home and in the field. If I take it with me, I leave it in the car since it is an awkward size. It is divided into 4 parts -color plates, species description, essays and append1ces. It attempts to cover all the wildlife expected in one book. There are over 600 color photos and plates. It does a very credible job, but you will find that an extra resource on one subject or another will be useful.

Grasslands (Audubon Society Nature Guides) by Lauren Brown
My comments:
A fairly comprehensive field guide, illustrated with color photos to the grasses, trees, wildflowers, birds, mammals, and insects of North America's prairies, fields, and meadows. The guide is intended to be used both at home and in the field. If I take it with me, I leave it in the car since it is an awkward size. It is divided into 4 parts -color plates, species description, essays and appendices. It attempts to cover all the wildlife expected in one book. There are over 600 color photos and plates. It does a very credible job, but you will find that an extra resource on one subject or another will be useful.

pacific.jpg - 2753 BytesPacific Coast (Audubon Society Nature Guides) by Evelyn McConnaughey, Bayard Harlow McConnaughey
My comments:
A fairly comprehensive field guide, illustrated with color photos to the plants, birds, and seashore creatures of North America's western shore from Alaska to Southern California. The guide is intended to be used both at home and in the field. If I take it with me, I leave it in the car since it is an awkward size. It is divided into 4 parts -color plates, species description, essays and appendices. It attempts to cover all the wildlife expected in one book. There are over 600 color photos and plates. It does a very credible job, but you will find that an extra resource on one subject or another will be useful.

western.jpg - 2793 BytesWestern Forests (Audubon Society Nature Guides) by Stephen Whitney
A Reader from Philadelphia, PA , 01/13/98, rating=9:
Great book full of useful information! This book is probably one of the best deals that you'll find if you're looking for a nature guide for the Western Forests area. It features the typical Audubon Society photos for easy identification, with a great deal of information. The best part is that plants, mammals, and birds are all combined into one book, so you don't have to buy separate guides. If you're taking a trip to the West Coast, buy this guide along with Bayard MCConnaughey's "Pacific Coast" (in the same Audubon series), and you're set.
My comments:
You have heard all of mine if you have read the repetitive comments of the other books in this series. They are a great set of books to have on your shelf, they just don't hold ALL the answers.

wetland.jpg - 2633 BytesWetlands (Audubon Society Nature Guides) by William A. Niering
My comments:
This issue is concerned with the wetlands of North America from swamps to marsh to pond. This guide is intended to be used both at home and in the field. If I take it with me, I leave it in the car since it is an awkward size. It is divided into 4 parts -color plates, species description, essays and appendices. It attempts to cover all the wildlife expected in swamps and wetlands in one book. There are over 600 color photos. It does a very credible job, but you will find that an extra resource on one subject or another will be useful.

The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States by Janine M. Benyus, Glenn Wolff (Illustrator)
Synopsis:
A noted outdoors expert and an acclaimed illustrator have banded together to create a stunning picture of the wildlife in the eastern half of the United States. Complete with observation tips. 75 illustrations.

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Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events (Seasonal Guides) Upper Midwest by John Bates
The author, John Bates manitowish@centuryinter.net , 04/02/97:
Looking for feedback.

This book attempts to direct the reader to the most spectacular natural events in the Upper Midwest, and where specifically to see them. I expect I missed some sites that should have been listed - it's a huge and diverse area after all. I'd be very appreciative to receive some feedback on places and/or events readers think should have been included. Hopefully, we'll do a 2nd edition down the line, and we can include new sites and events. Thanks! You can e-mail me directly at manitowish@centuryinter.net or write the publisher if you wish.

florida.jpg - 2643 Bytes Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events : Florida With Georgia and Alabama Coasts by M. Timothy O'Keefe
Synopsis:
Uncover the bountiful secrets of Florida's wildlife and landscape in this month-by-month guide to natural events in this popular state. Also included are natural sites and events on the Georgia and Alabama coasts. Maps.
The author, M. Timothy O'Keefe (okeefeuw@aol.com) , 11/16/97:
Named "BEST BOOK" by The Florida Outdoor Writers Association (Sept. '97)

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events : Mid-Atlantic by Scott Weidensaul
Synopsis:
In nature, timing is everything--timing of the seasons, of birth, of migration. This exciting travel guide tells readers not only where to travel, but which times of the year are best for observing natural events in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Photos and illustrations.
Booknews, Inc. , 10/01/92:
For each month, covers four wild spectacles of unusual interest, with directions to "hotspots" of exceptional quality, and gives background on the natural history of the events. An interesting guide to where to go as well as when to go in the Mid-Atlantic region. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events : North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee by John Rucker
Synopsis:
Use this month-by-month guide to natural events to discover the rich wildlife, wildflowers, and national treasures of the Carolinas and Tennessee. Maps.

northwst.jpg - 2684 BytesSeasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events : Oregon, Washington and British Columbia (Seasonal Guide Series) by James Luther Davis
Synopsis:
Uncover the wild secrets of the Pacific Northwest in this month-by-month guide to natural events in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. More than just a listing of natural places, this unique guide provides all the necessary information about where and when to view natural events in the Pacific Northwest. Maps, illus.

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events : Southern California and Baja California (Seasonal Guides) by Judy Wade
bverbos@aol.com , 04/23/97, rating=8:
A New Way to Discover Attractions!

At last, a book that allows you to see what will be happening at a destination at the time of year you will there. No more missed whale-watching opportunities (unless you are looking for gum), or wishing you had gone someplace LAST week instead. The monthly arrangement is very useful, and the index at the back is cross-referenced so you can look up places you are interested in by location as well as time of year. A welcome addition to my travel book shelf.
A Reader, 04/19/97, rating=10:
Do your homework and take it with you when you go!

This book is one of the strongest in the series. Travel books generally have no personal warmth - not so this one. Wade takes us to wonderful places, with feeling. Her appreciation of nature is unmistakable. The abundance of factual information contained in the book is delivered in pleasant, enjoyable to read narrative. I plan, as I urge others to do, to become thoroughly familiar with this book and then travel with it to So.Cal. and Baja. I certainly will visit Santa Catalina, which I am sure has been awaitin' for me since high school, and perhaps even do a little "grunion grabbing".

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month-To-Month Guide to Natural Events : Northern California by Bill McMillon
My Comments:
When is the time for migrating Gray Whales? The best time and places for the spring wildflowers? Where and when for nesting shorebirds?. How about those numerous hummingbirds? This information and much more is available for those exploring the northern California environs. Use it to plan your trip to make sure you are there at the right time.

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events, New England & New York by Scott Weidensaul
Synopsis:
Advising not only where to go but when to go, Weidensaul takes readers on a first-person tour to view the natural events of every month in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Photos and illustrations.

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah by Ben Guterson

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events, Texas (Seasonal Guide Series) by Steve Price
Synopsis:
Filling a huge gap in nature guidebooks to Texas, Steve Price delivers a a guide to the natural flora and fauna found in the Longhorn State. More than a simple listing of natural places, this guide provides readers with all the necessary details of where and when to view the most spectacular natural events in the state. Maps, illus.

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year : A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events--Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas by Barbara Perry Lawton
Synopsis:
Barbara Perry Lawton tells readers the best times to catch all nature's glorious wonders in llinois, Missouri, and Arkansas, in this unique travel guide centered around the seasons. Photos and illustrations throughout.

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