favorite field guides (from a real field-guide freak!)
WE ARE BLESSED to live in an age when field guides are having a heyday, and I confess to being a passionate consumer of them. I applaud presses like Princeton University and University of Chicago, plus publishers of series such as the Peterson, Sibley and Kaufman guides, for investing in these essential works.
Listeners to my weekly public-radio show will know I often interview field-guide authors who help me make sense of the natural world around me (all my nature stories, including those, are here). Links below the last row of book-cover photos on this page will take you to interviews I’ve done with authors of some of the recommended guides.
Disclaimer: Links reached by clicking any of the books or captions are to my Amazon affiliate account, where I earn a commission if you shop.
my field-guide author interviews
- “The Naturalist’s Notebook,” with Nathaniel Wheelwright
- Learning to I.D. butterflies, with Jeffrey Glassberg
- Garden insects, with David Shetlar
- Beetles, with Arthur Evans
- A firefly primer, with Lynn Frierson Faust
- Your backyard’s “other” mammals, with Roland Kays
- Tracks and sign of insects (galls, leaf mines and more), from Charley Eiseman
- Native bumblebees, with Leif Richardson
- Eastern spring wildflowers, with Carol Gracie
- Dragonflies and damselflies, with Dennis Paulson
- Moths, with Seabrooke Leckie
- Southeastern moths, with Seabrooke Leckie
- Hawks and other raptors, with Pete Dunne
- Tree bark, with Michael Wojtech
- Eastern and Western U.S. trees with forest ecologist Chris Earle
- Getting to know sparrows, with Rick Wright