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National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first reference books I picked up when I moved to Florida from up North, and it's been a valuable resource for identifying common flora and fauna in an unfamiliar region. Now that I AM familiar with the area, however, this guide isn't nearly as useful. Several times in the past month I have seen unfamiliar animals and insects (in my new affection for walking), and they haven't been included here.
The book includes the life that is COMMON to Florida, but if you have a desire to identify less common animals and plants, it's probably better to stick with the specialised field guides. Audubon usually does a better job than this, and make a few other books that are well put together and more inclusive than this one.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is the BEST nature guide I have found for Florida, but unfortunately that is not saying much. I have been spoiled by the wealth of naturalist and natural history books available for all different parts of the west, books which not only tell you how to ID a species, but which also give you enough information to feel like you know it afterwards.

I take young people on wilderness trips for a living, and enjoy sharing with them my love of nature. I especially enjoy introducing them to members of the natural community, neighbors they have had all their lives but probably have never taken time to become aquainted with. I grew up in the southeast, before heading west in search of adventure. Now I am back, working with at-risk and adjudicated youth, taking them on canoe paddles in old cypress swamps and along inter-coastal waterways. I normally find a variety of great books to take on trips for my kids to consult when they spot something new. But here in my old stomping grounds, this is the best I could come up with.

The National Audubon guides are great for covering a wide range of information, from weather to constellations to identifying plants and animals. But they won't tell you much of anything about those plants and animals. I know there are naturalists and writers in the south who can do better. Would love to find them (in print) someday soon.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is helpful because it contains descriptions of plants and animals, all of which you can find somewhere in Florida. This makes it easier to find out what you are looking at. It would be nice if it were divided by characteristics, at least more than how it is. I still like it a lot. Points out subtle differences among very similar plants and animals.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Provides good overview of flora/fauna of Florida. Includes snakes, fish, insects, birds, trees, flowers, and bushes (as well as others, I'm sure). If you want a comprehensive guide to a particular type of plant or animal, you are better off getting a specific book (ie. if you want to know about ALL birds in Florida, get a bird book for the region). Very good for a general guide, good car or bag reference. Used this book in a Flora & Fauna of Florida college class (required book).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2001
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As an amateur photographer and father of 2, I have found this book indispensible. It covers the full range of what we find in the field in one easy to carry guide. It is well organized, with nice, detailed photos for identification, with the species information right there with the photo--no cross referencing. It has helped to open up Florida's natural bounty to myself and my kids, and I would highly recommend it as a general field guide to FL.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2003
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This Book is portable and all-incluseive. I was happy to see the state's wonderful parks included.It's clearly divided into sections such as;Topography, Night Sky,Habitats,Weather,Invertebrates,and more..If you are not adverse to writting in books this is the book for it. Each time I spot a bird,a plant, a flower, a tree that is shown in the book I date the picture of it. It makes a good historical review of sightings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I must admit that I would never buy a book like this on my own. Most of the time I find books like this to be a waste of money. I recieved this book as a gift, and I was awed at what a great reference book this was. I have been living in Florida for 14 years, and have seen plenty of wildlife. Now thanks to this book, I could tell you what the wildlife that I see is. The book has great color picture of all kinds of plants and animals, star charts, information on weather, Florida's environmental history, and a section on State and National parks. The state and national park section of the book was my only complaint though. It left out many of the parks that I find to be better than some of the ones that were listed. But other than that, the book is almost perfect!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2001
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Great book to keep in your car. Whenever I see something I don't recognize, I usually find it in this book. I've identified many plants and animals using this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2003
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As a nature photographer and new to Florida this is what I needed, concise and accurate and small enough to fit into my camera bag this is an excellent book with well detailed sections, which make it easy to identify the wildlife. It also is a good read if you are intersted in Florida's wild life and ecology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2008
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is an excellent field guide, with tons of color pictures, that cover lots of species of flora, fauna, birds and much more. Even though I am a Florida native, I have personally been using it for many years, and still carry it with me whenever I am outdoors. Our local Audubon chapter has also been providing it to local schools, teachers and children for many years. Highly recommend as a good, general guide to anyone interested in learning about Florida wildlife, plants and trees and much more. Co-president, Flagler Audubon Society
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