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Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States belongs in the home of every resident of the Southeast and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor. This compact volume contains:
An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more;
A complete overview of the southeastern region's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns, and the night sky;
An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, hiking trails, forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others.
The guide is packed with visual information -- the 1,500 full-color images include more than 1,300 photographs, 13 maps, and 16 night-sky charts, as well as more than 100 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals.
For everyone who lives or spends time in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee, there can be no finer guide to the area's natural surroundings than the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States.

About the Author

Peter Alden, principal author of this series, is a birder, naturalist, author, and lecturer. He has led nature tours to more than 100 countries and is the author of books on North American, Latin American, and African wildlife. Peter organized an event called Biodiversity Day, the first of which took place in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts.

Gil Nelson, regional consultant and author of the habitats, flora, and parks and preserves sections of this guide, is a naturalist, writer, and educator who has contributed articles to many national and regional magazines. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Series: National Audubon Society Field Guide
  • Turtleback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (September 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679446834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679446835
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. E. Rifkin on May 11, 2000
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This field guid is really easy to extract information from. My sister-inlaw, who lives on a boat traveling all around the southeastern states, absconded with mine and I was left in the dark. I own many audubon field guides but I truely like the format of this one because all aspects are under one cover. It makes my pack much lighter! Alden and Nelson do a wonderful job for introducing the newcomer to the southern states. Thank you, JE Rifkin
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This is the BEST nature guide I have found for the southeast, but unfortunately that is not saying much. I have been spoiled by the wealth of naturalist and natural history books available for all different parts of the west, books which not only tell you how to ID a species, but which also give you enough information to feel like you know it afterwards.

I take young people on wilderness trips for a living, and enjoy sharing with them my love of nature. I especially enjoy introducing them to members of the natural community, neighbors they have had all their lives but probably have never taken time to become aquainted with. I grew up in the southeast, before heading west in search of adventure. Now I am back, working with at-risk and adjudicated youth, taking them on canoe paddles in old cypress swamps and along inter-coastal waterways. I normally find a variety of great books to take on trips for my kids to consult when they spot something new. But here in my old stomping grounds, this is the best I could come up with.

The National Audubon guides are great for covering a wide range of information, from weather to constellations to identifying plants and animals. But they won't tell you much of anything about those plants and animals. I know there are naturalists and writers in the south who can do better. Would love to find them (in print) someday soon.
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The book contains a lot of information. It has a lot of good pictures of plants and animals found in the Southeastern States. The info is difficult to access because not all entries a listed in the index. If you are willing to read the entire book you will gain much. But if you want to use it to identify animals and plants you have seen you have to go through each section page by page. A little intelligent thought about providing a proper index would have helped greatly.
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Some say the information is a jumbled mess, and you would have to read the entire volume to make of any use, since they cannot look up everything in the back. Well this is false, and the information is very handy when needed. I placed a book mark at each section. this book covers it all even star maps for different times of the year, common mammal tracks, distinction between species, is perfect, even for identifying plants. This is zone specific, meaning dont buy this book if you are in california, this is for southeast states only. Each is broke down into sections, mushrooms and plants, trees, birds, mammals, reptiles, even bugs. Tells which state you can find them in, and what part if it is not statewide. This is a smaller sized paper back book about 8-9" long and bout 4" wide, very portable. Each species has atleast 1 photo, some have 2 to display color changes in males/females, or different times of the year what color the animal or plant/tree will take on. 5 star book for identifying everything you see.
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We do nature walks for homeschooling, and I have to say this is the best guide to carry with you. It covers so many plants, animals, reptiles that are easy to find and identfy. The descriptions are concise and informative. I do think it's best to have other books at home for looking up more detailed info at home (or use the internet).
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I live out of this book. A must for anyone going outdoors in the South. I continue to impress my friends with the knowledge I retain from this book. If you are packing on the trail this is the book for you. Don't carry 10 different books. This is the only one you need.
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This is a great little book to keep in the car or carry with you on nature walks. I find that we refer to it almost weekly - either while we are out or just in the yard. We have identified many birds and trees we otherwise would not have known, as well as become familiar with the constellations.

The pictures a nice, plus the descriptions give just enough that we know what we are looking at. Later, if we are so inclined, we can learn more about it online or at the library.

It covers pretty much everything you would be interested in outdoors in the Southeast - Topography & Geology; Habitats; Conservation & Ecology; Weather; Night Sky; Plants; Animals; Parks & Preserves.
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I have previously purchased one of these guides for New England. As a new resident in a new region, I knew that I would need this and have used it dozens of times since our move. I think that this is a 'must have' for anyone who has even a remote interest in biology.

If I had only one complaint, it is that the book covers too large and biodiverse a region, so the guide is seemingly incomplete. I have already found several insects that were not included in the guide.
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