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Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by their Leaves (Eastern US) (Nature Study Guides) Paperback – January 1, 1991

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From the Publisher

To identify deciduous trees (trees that drop their leaves in the fall) east of the Rockies in winter, use Winter Tree Finder.

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.

About the Author

May Theilgaard Watts was well known as a naturalist, teacher, writer, and conservationist in her native Midwest and beyond, through her lectures, classes, books, and newspaper column. She was the first to introduce a broad readership to concepts from ecology.

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Nature Study Guides
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Nature Study Guild Publishers; English Language edition (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912550015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912550015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roberta V. Russo VINE VOICE on June 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
I took a class about tree identification several years ago at Morton's Arboretum near Chicago and this book was used as part of the class. I really love this little book. I have several of the fancier (and more expensive) books with color plates and photos, but for identifying trees this one is the best. Based on the tree's leaves it very clearly walks you through the identifation process step by step.
If you want to read more about the tree once you have identified it, the other guides are great. But for purposes of tree identification, this is the best I have seen.
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By A Customer on June 5, 2002
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This is about the best I've seen. It is compact for carrying with you and easy to use. It is a logical key that you can follow from the tree down to its identification by its leaves. It covers the eastern US so there is not a lot of extraneous material to wade through. I have been looking for exactly this kind of book since I started being interested in trees.I recommend it very highly especially to the beginner.
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By A Customer on October 21, 1999
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A great little book to take along on a walk in the woods. The easy step-by-step key really helps you identify trees, and it's fun to use.
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I too took a tree identification class at a state park some years ago and this was the official guide book. It's easy to use, laid out well and has many varieties of trees in it. With practice, you can get to the point where you know what they look like by sight without having to resort to the book.

If you're a novice, get this book. It's inexpensive and offers you a great deal!
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This is the easiest tree finder book out there. Not only are the pictures very clear, but the questions that allow you to narrow down the tree type are very clear. This book is also small, so it's easy to bring with you when hiking so you can just whip it out when you see an interesting tree. This is the book that led to my profound curiosity and love of trees. Too bad I lent my copy to someone who took it back with her to Korea!
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I have a "Master Tree Finder" booklet copyrighted in 1963 that I use to teach Boy Scouts how to identify trees. It was passed down to me from my mom. I was delighted to hear that the bok is still available and that there are other titles in the series. The dichotomus key is the most effective tool for making identifications. I also believe in teaching the boys how to use the book (and other guides) to identify plants and animals instead of just memorizing from rote. The names of those trees will eventualy fade. But the skills to identify a tree with a good guide will last a lifetime.
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My 7 yr old loves to look through this book while we go on nature hikes...yes in NJ! As a prior reviewer stated there are no illustrations of the whole tree - just the leaves. For my child's age and curiosity it works very well.
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I use this book to teach trees to people of all ages. I carry it with me on all camping trips plus a copy in my truck. The best part about it is to find a specific tree, say one of 6 different type of maples within just a couple pages. It helps teach the basics of how they classify the trees, also. Great book.
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