Publications & Guides

 

See a list below of some recommended publications and field guides to help you find and identify the wildlife you’ll find in the field.  Get from clueless to comfortable to super-competent with the help of photographs and write-ups from the experts.  Many of these are specifically focused on what you’ll find in our local patch of wilderness!

Publications and Field Guides for Sale

Sydenham Field Naturalists is a distributor for several useful field guides. These field guides offer hundreds of photos to provide help with the identification of these fascinating species.

At present, the Wallaceburg & District Museum, 505 King Street, Wallaceburg, 519-627-8962 is offering a point of purchase for these books or contact us for any requests.

Photo Field Guide to the Butterflies  of Southern Ontario

by Ian Carmichael and Ann Vance.

Published by St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club.  $10.00

Caterpillars of Southern Ontario Photo Field Guide to Some Caterpillars of Southern Ontario

by Ian Carmichael and Ann Vance.

Published by St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club $10.00

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Southwestern Ontario Photo Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Southwestern Ontario   2nd Edition

by Ian Carmicael, Alistar MacKenzie and Brad Steinberg.

Published by The Friends of Pinery Park. $10.00

Photo Field Guide to the Bats of Ontario

by Erin Fraser, Alistair MacKenzie and Christina Davy.

Published by St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club.  $10.00

Guide to Freshwater Mussels of Ontario Photo Field Guide to the Freshwater Mussels of Ontario

by Janice Metcalfe-Smith, Alistair MacKenzie, Ian Carmichael and Daryl McGoldrick.

Published by St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club. $10.00

Photo Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Southern Ontario Photo Field Guide to Some Wildflowers of Southern Ontario

by Ian Carmichael, Ann Vance and Alistair MacKenzie.

Published by St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club.  $15.00

Photo Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario

Published by St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club.  $15.00

 

 

Other Field Guides We Recommend

On top of the publications distributed by our club, there are an overwhelming number of other guides out there; we polled our members for their favourite books that they have and would recommend!  Check in with your local bookstore, library, or online to find these helpful guides.

Wetland Plants of Ontario Steven G Newmaster, Allan G. Harris, Linda J. Kersahw, published by One Pine Publishing  ISBN 1-55105-059-5

A colorful and help guide to identification of over 450 species of wetland plants of Ontario.

Trees of the Carolinian Forest: A Guide to Species, Their Ecology and Uses  Gerry Waldron, published by Boston Mills Press  ISBN 1-55046-404-3

A guide to help identify, propagate and establish the trees that have a natural place in our landscape.

Field Guide to the Birds of North America  National Geographic Society; many contributors  ISBN 0-87044-472-7

Excellent color plates and brief descriptions, with range maps, of all species seen in North America.

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America  David Allen Sibley, published by Alfred A. Knopf  ISBN 0-679-45120-X

A smaller version of the Sibley Guide to Birds, Excellent colour plates showing multiple images of all major colour variations with range maps.

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America  Eric R. Eaton & Kenn Kaufman, published by Houghton Mifflin  ISBN-10: 0-618-15310-1

Includes more than 2300 excellent images of insects, representing all major groups, with brief descriptions of families and selected species from each.

Caterpillars of Eastern North America  David L. Wagner, published by Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-12143-5

Includes 1200 colour photos of nearly 700 species seen east of the Mississippi. A full page for each species, with a large photo of the caterpillar and a small photo of the adult; good descriptions of recognition, occurrence and common food plants. Includes some extra photos of colour variations.

Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada  George Barron, published by Lone Pine Publishing  ISBN 1-55105-199-0

875 excellent colour photos of the most commonly seen mushrooms in Ontario, with short non-technical descriptions.

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