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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.
Would be better if it included things in addition to leaves. Bark, shape, fruit, etc.Published 29 days ago by Thomas R. Skonie
Cute pocket guide; has the most common trees in it, organized by leaf shape/arrangement.Published 1 month ago by AP
This Nature Study Series is hard to beat for the person wishing to know plants and understand the differences in physical characteristics. All this at a very reasonable cost.Published 1 month ago by Bruce A. Loomis
I like the book although it's not a very big book, it does help identify trees in a clear manner. I keep the book in a heavy duty small size ziplock bag which I can tuck in my bag... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lauren Nagel
This little book is a great aid to tree identification. It's small enough to stick in your pocket when you're on a hike. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Walter T. Pollard
This is a very useful little book for tree ID. Although it is meant to be used as a key, it is short enough to flip through and find what you are looking for. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karen E. Linder