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National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America Paperback – May 9, 2008
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Gil Nelson is a writer, naturalist, field botanist, and educator in Thomasville, Georgia. He is a research associate in botany at the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State University and has written widely about Florida and the southeastern United States. His works include three field guides to Florida plants, a guide to native landscape plants, and coauthorship of two Audubon field guides. This is his tenth book. He is also the author of "East Gulf Coastal Plain Wildflowers," published by The Globe Pequot Press.
Gil also teaches relational database programming and geographical information systems, with a particular interest in the design, development, and uses of relational database technology and GIS for the management and use of biological and botanical data. His hobbies and interests include hiking, wildflower and landscape photography, the phytogeography of the southeastern United States, plant ecology, and the structure and composition of natural vegetative communities.
Las Cruces, New Mexico resident Richard Spellenberg has a doctoral degree in botany and is Professor Emeritus of Biology at New Mexico State University. He has studied plants in western North America, particularly those of the desert Southwest, contributing to technical classification works and several books on wildflowers and general ecology.
Daniel Mathews is a writer who has always been enamored of views from mountains. He is the author of Cascade-Olympic Natural History and Rocky Mountain Natural History.
Brenda C. Roberts lives in Los Angeles, California, and this is her second book for children.
Frank Morrison lives in New Jersey. This is his first book.
Paul Cox has illustrated numerous books for children and adults, and his drawings have been published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other periodicals. He lives in Sussex, England.
Gerry Moore, who died shortly after delivering the manuscript for this book, was a cycling writer, with a strong interest in the arts.
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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
Is a gift for my son,and I believe it will prove perfect for this avid outdoorsman!Published 27 days 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 1 month ago by Florida wild
Wonderful book. Bark and leaf identifications. Great beginners bookPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
National Wildlife Federation Field Guide wasn't as good as expected. I will pass it on to our library store.Published 3 months ago by Curtrenton
This book includes much ecological information about the trees as well as the usual descriptions. I particularly enjoy having illustrations of the leaf, bark, flower and fruit for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Placid Lane Farmer
My 8 year old saw this book at a nature store and really wanted it, so I knew what I was getting when I ordered this. Great field guide for trees!Published 6 months ago by richee