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My Suggestions for Field Guides for Families

Barbara McCoy "Harmony Art Mom"
The list author says: "These field guides are ones that I especially find helpful on the West Coast. You can use these suggestions to find guides that would be appropriate to your particular region. These field guides will help you in starting your library of research books to go along with the Outdoor Hour Challenges offered on my blog HandbookofNatureStudy.blogspot.com"
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, Fourth Edition (Peterson Field Guides)
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, Fourth Edition (Peterson Field Guides)
"This book is in my backpack and I use it all the time in the field."
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
"I just started using this very thorough field guide. It contains color photographs to help you identify insects and spiders."
A Field Guide to Western Trees: Western United States and Canada (Peterson Field Guides)
A Field Guide to Western Trees: Western United States and Canada (Peterson Field Guides)
"This tree field guide shows not only the tree but the leaf, needle, and/or cones. It is well organized and it is my pick for a field guide to trees.Love this field guide!"
A Field Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers: Washington, Oregon, California and adjacent areas (Peterson Field Guides)
A Field Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers: Washington, Oregon, California and adjacent areas (Peterson Field Guides)
"This one is specific to my particular region of the US. Search for the Peterson Field Guide to your region on Amazon."
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
"This has worked well for our family in identifying reptiles and amphibians in our area. The photographs are in color and clearly show the subject. Easy to use."
Pond Life (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)
Pond Life (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)
"This little guide is so easy to take along in a pocket when you know you are going to be visiting a pond. We have found it to be thorough and easy to use."
Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks)
Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks)
"This is not really a field guide but our family has used it with rocks we have collected to get more information for our nature journals. The photographs are very large and detailed."
The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies
The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies
"Butterflies are something that catch every young person's eye and this field guide will help your family put a name to those beautiful creatures we see in the garden during our nature study."
Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America: Fourth Edition (Peterson Field Guides)
Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America: Fourth Edition (Peterson Field Guides)
"This is one that I just started using last year and it has helped by providing lots of information about identification and tracks."
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather
"This guide will help you identify what kind of clouds you see while on your nature walks."