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.
Small quick guide easy to use in the field. The tree pictures are small and when looking at a tree from a distance it is difficult to pinpoint the tree type. Read morePublished 47 minutes ago by Franklin B. Mackenzie
Only good for East of the Rockies, I live in California. Sent to my New York sister, probably my fault for not looking more closely at the description.Published 4 days ago by Rob Harrison
Great little book for $5. Color, especially fall leaf colors, would have been nice, but what can you expect in a $5 book that will fit in your pocket.Published 9 days ago by Mary Lamb
The book is okay.. Not as informative as I would have liked..Published 2 months ago by E. B. Fidler
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 2 months ago by Emily
very poor descriptions and very difficult to identify don't be fooled by the pricePublished 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Lab Rat