- Series: Nature Study Guides
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Nature Study Guild Publishers (January 1, 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0912550031
- ISBN-13: 978-0912550039
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.2 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winter Tree Finder: A Manual for Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter (Eastern US) (Nature Study Guides) Paperback – January 1, 1970
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A great take-along on winter hikes. The "finder" guides can be hard to find, but these easy-to-use, notebook-size illustrated keys to flowers, trees, ferns, tracks, and more are worth the search. -- Terry Krautwurst, in Backpacker Magazine, September 1999
An excellent and inexpensive pocket-sized key to winter identification. -- Denise Ellsworth, Akron Beacon Journal, Feb. 12, 2000
This is an excellent and inexpensive pocket-sized key to winter identification. -- Akron Beacon Journal, February 12, 2000
Winter Tree Finder has been my bible for as long as it's been available. It fits easily into your hip pocket and contains wonderfully clear illustrations showing the branch pattern, bud shape, fruit, and appearance of all the major midwestern and eastern tree species. You can find more comprehensive tree books, but not one that better combines breadth and utility. It's a terrific book to have when you're examining your new woods. Better still, this volume is only the tip of the iceberg. Nature Study Guild also publishes four tree finder books. . .divided by region, not to mention more than a dozen guides to wildflowers, ferns, berries, mammals, and even a Winter Weed Finder. -- William Bryant Logan, in Garden Design Magazine, February 1995
Winter tree walk: It's easiest to identify trees by their leaves, but equipped with a good key like May Watts' Winter Tree Finder, you will quickly learn the dozen species that dominate any given tree stand. Start with evergreens (use Watts' Tree Finder), since there are so few species and their distinctive leaves make identification easy. -- Susan Eschbach, in The Conservationist, February 1995
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The beginning chapter narrows down the types of trees and the type of terrain where they normally can be found and even though the illustrations are hand drawn, they are truly representative of the key features needed for identification. The index in the back covers both the common names and the Latin names.
Overall, a very handy book. It is 4"x6" and easily fits into my winter jacket pocket... and it's well-thumbed.
For such a small book, it packs a lot of trees into it - Eastern North America only. You won't find hybrids, some imports (garden) trees, but it packs in over 100 common trees & can lead anyone into a quick, accurate identification with very little practice. It's small enough to fit into a back pocket without a bulge, which means I'm more likely to have it with me when I want it. That's the biggest plus. The more comprehensive books are OK, but they're always back at the house when I need them or in the way as I walk through the woods & want to take a picture. Not this book!
I have several tree ID books & I may outgrow this one. But I haven't outgrown "The Tree Finder" by the same authors (for trees with leaves) & I've been using it for a couple of years on a pretty regular basis. Often I'll think I've found a tree that won't be in it, but there it is. It's been so worthwhile that I got a second copy to keep in the truck.
One nice thing about this and other guides in the series is its portability; it easily fits in a pocket or backpack.
I keep a small supply of both this and the Tree Finder guides on hand to give to younger naturalists. Great way to get to know your way around the woods.
Once you've identified a tree you can then use a more comprehensive guide to learn more about it, but these pocket sized ones are so convenient to keep with you.
Unfortunately i didn't notice that it was for eastern US, and i'm on the west coast, but there's still a great deal of cross coverage so i've managed to make use of it anyhow. I will be buying the pacific coast version of this book as soon as i find it.