February 22, 2010
Resources for Observing & Enjoying Wildlife
Guides, books, and websites to help you identify your wild neighbors, where to find them, and the sounds they make
Baicich, Paul J. and Colin J.O. Harrison. A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds. Second Edition. San Diego, California: Academic Press, 1997.
Brock, Jim P. and Kenn Kaufman. Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003.
Conant, Roger and Joseph T. Collins. Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide Series). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998.
Eaton, Eric R. and Kenn Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.
Elbroch, Mark. Mammal Tracks and sign: A Guide to North American Species.Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 2003.
Elbroch, Mark and Eleanor Marks. Bird Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species.Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 2001.
Good Birders Don’t Wear White: 50 Tips from North America’s Top Birders. White, Lisa, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.
Nardi, James B. Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Reid, Fiona. Field Guide to Mammals of North America (Peterson Field Guide Series). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.
Schneck, Marcus. Your Backyard Wildlife Year: How to attract birds, butterflies, and other animals every month of the year. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale Press, 1996.
Sibley, David Allen. Sibley’s Birding Basics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
___. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
___. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
___. The Sibley Guide to Trees. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Silver, Donald M. One Small Square: Backyard. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993.
Stebbins, Robert C. and Roger Tory Peterson. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians (Peterson Field Guide Series). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003.
The Xerces Society. Attracting Nataive Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees And Butterflies. North Adams, Massachusetts: Storey Publishing, LLC, 2011.
Elliott, Lang. Common Birds and Their Songs. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998.
___. Know Your Bird Sounds, Volume 1: Songs and Calls of Yard, Garden, and City Birds. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2004.
___. Know Your Bird Sounds, Volume 2: Songs and Calls of Birds of the Countryside.Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2004.
___. A Guide to Night Sounds: The Nighttime Sounds of 60 Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, and Insects. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2004.
Elliott, Lang and Will Hershberger. The Songs of Insects: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification, Behavior, and Calls. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.
Elliott, Lang, Carl Gerhardt, and Carlos Davison. The Frogs and Toads of North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification, Behavior, and Calls. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2009.
http://www.birc.org/: Bio-Integral Resource Center. Specializing in finding non-toxic and least-toxic, integrated pest management (IPM) solutions.
www.allaboutbirds.org: Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s guide to identifying birds. Learn the keys to Identification: size and shape; color pattern; behavior; habitat; field marks; and songs and calls.
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/index.html: Cooperative Extension Office finder
http://ebird.org: An online checklist program for reporting and tracking bird sightings, sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society.
www.learner.org/jnorth/: Annenberg Media’s Journey North program, a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change, with engaging independent and classroom activities for tracking the arrival of spring.
www.amnh.org/ology/index.php?channel=biodiversity: American Museum of Natural History’s kid-friendly page of interactive activities about biodiversity.
www.mnh.si.edu/mna/: National Museum of Natural History's North American Mammals searchable database of all living mammals of North America. Search by species name, family tree, or conservation status to find natural history, photos, maps, and more.
www.nestwatch.org: NestWatch is a continent-wide citizen-science project and nest-monitoring database of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
www.xerces.org: Xerces Society is an international, nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Their site is packed with exciting and useful information about insects.
Create a Sanctuary
Enjoy the company of birds and other wild neighbors in your backyard. Every day, more and more bird and wildlife habitat is lost to the spread of development. But you can help all wild animals in urban and suburban areas by offering them sanctuary in your own backyard (or front yard, roof-top garden, or deck), no matter how small. Learn how your green space can become an Urban Wildlife Sanctuary.