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National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America Paperback – May 9, 2008
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As a field guide I think the identification keys are its weakest point. They start, as all lay-oriented keys, with leaf arrangement and shape, and then quickly move to flower and fruit characters. For most of the year you don't have flowers and fruits, so I wish the keys concentrated more on leaf details (margins, venation, size). Experienced enthusiasts will spend more time in the index than the keys; the inexperienced will probably spend a lot of time paging through, looking at the excellent pictures, for a pattern match. Because the guide is so comprehensive, though, there are a LOT of pictures to page through. It's printed on thick, durable paper, though this makes it rather big and heavy for the pocket.
An ideal combination might by this guide paired with May T. Watts' "Tree Finder: A Manual for the Identification of Trees by Their Leaves," only $4.00 from Amazon & truly vest pocket-sized. It has excellent keys for the layperson who lives east of the Rockies.
The Amazon price for the NWF guide makes it a steal. You won't find this much information about trees in one small volume anywhere else.
I give it 5 stars for the information & 4 as an identification guide.
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So before I bought this one I had the Field guides for Insects and bugs and birds of North America (separate books). I used those for a science project and found it absolutely useful and a must have! I bought the two from Barns and Nobles and decided that I needed a cheaper price if I was going to get the one on trees and Amazon of course had it :)
I'd recommend this book to beginners through advanced! I'm a beginner and I was able to spot things right off the bat and I love being able to identify the world around me! I also ordered the one on Wild Flowers so that'll be coming in soon :) I would really say this is a book that should be in ever house hold because we should all be able to identify at least a little of the world we live in. AND this has maps included so you know exactly where the tree is!! I'll include a video so you can see it!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Way more trees than I could imagine in a book this size. Not sure why I waited so long to buy one of these!Published 1 month ago by Sabretooth
Best book I've found on identifying trees
Love the layout and information
Completes my NWF Guide collection and couldn't be more happy to have these. Wonderful pictures to help a beginner identify!Published 2 months ago by Katharine Shaver
Is a gift for my son,and I believe it will prove perfect for this avid outdoorsman!Published 3 months ago by ruth
I love this book! Great pictures and very useful for primary identification. Shows the leaf, growth habit, range and sometimes it shows the bark. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Florida wild
Wonderful book. Bark and leaf identifications. Great beginners bookPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer