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.
I was required to buy this for one of my biology classes and I am definitely keeping it. My husband and I are thinking of making sure we throw it in the trunk of the motorcycle for... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Isla N.
Drawing of leaves is not good enough to make clear identifications
I ordered this handy guide on a whim, because it went well with another book that I was ordering at the time. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kaycee Kendall
I love trees and when I'm walking in the woods or the park I'll often wonder what a tree is, but trying to remember what it looked like or pulling leaves off was not something I... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Wandering boy
Wonderful compact tree book that compliments the other larger tree book that we purchased. This one actually has some trees within it that that other larger book did not.Published 1 month ago by sk