This book is one of the "Finders" series of pockets guides to native plants and animals of North America, which includes similar tree keys for the West: Pacific Coast Tree Finder, Rocky Mountain Tree Finder, and Desert Tree Finder.
In her books Reading the Landscape of America and Reading the Landscape of Europe, Watts pioneered the idea of studying natural history at the landscape level, considering the biological and cultural forces that have shaped the world around us. Her books are considered classics in landscape interpretation and field ecology.
Watts created the first Finders keys as mimeographed handouts for her students at the Morton Arboretum in Illinois. She adapted the dichotomous keys used by botanists, creating highly illustrated keys that amateur naturalists would find fun and easy to use.
May Theilgaard Watts led the movement to create the Illinois Prairie Path, the first major rails-to-trials conversion in the United States. She received the Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation Education from National Garden Club of America, the Arthur Hoyt Scott award in Gardening and Horticulture, and was honored by the Dept. of the Interior and the Audubon Society for her conservation work.
Very disappointed in this book. Bought it for our grandchildren and it was a total waste. No color, no real way to use the book for children to identify trees. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Emily
very poor descriptions and very difficult to identify don't be fooled by the pricePublished 1 month ago by binky
I have several trees nearby that I could not identify with this book. The drawings of the leaves in some cases are too similar to identify the leaves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. A. Thompson
A child's book. Not as advertised. Very crude drawing and no photographs. I was looking for a definitive guide to know what type of trees I have in my front yard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lab Rat
I was not expecting such a small booklet; however it is good for kids.Published 1 month ago by Joan Bender
didn't know there was so much to identifying a tree by lines in leaves ,amazing little book for the price but with little drawings you'd need to understand and keeps referring to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tim
Really amazing little book. It has no wasted space or information. For the price and size you can identify an amazing amount of trees, very usefulPublished 1 month ago by C. Pilieri
Is a smaller book of about 60 pages stapled together, it contains a good amount of information that was able to accurately help me identify one tree by the shape and design of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike