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Supplement for Family Go Guide

Field Guides
(suggested readings from the Family Go Guide!)

There are a number of field guide series available. Books within these series cover many natural history subjects. Here are some of the popular field guide series, including series aimed at children with pertinant titles listed beneath each. Toward the end of this list are some individual field guides of interest.

Field Guide Series

Golden Guides (New York: Golden Books Publishing Company)

These pocket-sized books have been used by adults and children for many years. Over 30 titles are in the series. Here is a sampling.

  • Birds Mammals
  • Butterflies and Moths Venomous Animals
  • Reptiles and Amphibians Spiders and Their Kin
  • Insects Rocks and Minerals
Easy Field Guides (Phoenix: Primer Publishers)

These pocket-sized booklets of about 30 pages each include excellent black and white line drawings of southwest desert animals and a short description of each.

  • Easy Field Guide to Southwest Snakes
  • Easy Field Guide to Common Desert Insects
  • Easy Field Guide to Common Desert Cactus
  • Easy Field Guide to Arizona Mammals
National Audubon Society Field Guides (New York: Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated)

Each title begins with "North American"

  • Wildlife: Western Region Insects and Spiders
  • Reptiles and Amphibians Mammals
  • Butterflies Rocks and Minerals
  • American Birds: Western Region Night Sky
Peterson Field Guides (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company)

There are over 50 titles in this popular series.

  • Western Birds Insects
  • Mammals Southwestern and Texas Wildflowers
  • Rocks and Minerals Western Butterflies
  • Animal Tracks Hawks
  • Western Reptiles and Amphibians Western Trees
Southwest Parks and Monuments Series (Tucson: Southwest Parks and Monuments Association)
  • 50 Common Birds of the Southwest
  • 50 Common Reptiles & Amphibians of the Southwest
  • 70 Common Butterflies of the Southwest
  • 70 Common Cacti of the Southwest

Field Guides for Kids

National Audubon First Field Guides (New York: Scholastic, Incorporated).

These books serve as home references as well as field guides and include background information about the subject, color photographs, and a reference section. Titles include:

  • Insects Birds
  • Mammals Wildflowers
  • Reptiles Rocks and Minerals
  • Trees Weather
  • Amphibians
Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists (Boston: Houghton Mifflin).

These guides are not specific to the southwest.

  • Backyard Birds Caterpillars
  • Songbirds Butterflies
  • Shorebirds Wildflowers
  • Bizarre Birds

Individual Field Guides

Arnett, Ross H. and Richard L. Jacques
1997 Simon and Schuster's Guide to Insects and Spiders. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Large photographs, clear descriptions, easy use of classification, and good introductory information.
Davis, Barbara
1997 Field Guide to Birds of the Desert Southwest. Houston: Gulf Publishing Company.
Earle, W. Hubert
1990 Cacti of the Southwest. Bisbee, AZ: Tortilla Press.
Epple, Anne Orth
1995 A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona. Helena, MT: Falcon Publishing, Incorporated.
Halfpenny, James and Elizabeth Biesiot
1998 Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America. Boulder, CO: Johnson Books.
Merlin, Pinau
1999 A Field Guide to Desert Holes. Tucson: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press.
Robbins, Chandler S., Bertel Bruun, and Herbert S. Zim
1983 Birds of North America. New York: Golden Books Publishing Company.
Sheldon, Ian
1998 Animal Tracks of Arizona and New Mexico. Renton, WA: Lone Pine Publishing Company.
Smith, Hobart M.
1990 Reptiles and Amphibians of North America. New York: Golden Books Publishing Company.
Stall, Chris
1990 Animal Tracks of the Southwest States. Seattle: The Mountaineers.
Watts, May Theilgard and Tom Watts
1974 Desert Tree Finder. Berkeley: Nature Study Guild.
An easy key for identifying desert trees, yuccas, and cactus.