Books about nature in Wellesley and New England

  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England by Peter Alden and Brian Cassie. An easy to use field guide covering wildflowers, trees, fishes, reptiles, birds, mammals and more. Good if you only want to carry one guide.
  • Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich. A highly-readable survey of how different types of animals survive the winter by a University of Vermont professor, writer, and naturalist.
  • Autumn: A Season of Change by Peter J. Marchand. A delightful and in-depth discussion of how plants and animals prepare for winter.
  • Nature Guide to the Northern Forest: Exploring the Ecology of the Forests of New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine by Peter J. Marchand. While aimed at areas north of the Massachusetts border, this wonderful small book tells you the Northern Forest evolved and how it works.
  • The Charles River, Exploring Nature and History on Foot and by Canoe by Ron McAdow.
  • The Sibley Guide to Trees. A large and beautifully illustrated field guide to North American trees. This book does for trees what Sibley’s other books have done for birds.
  • The Stokes Guide to Animal Tracking and Behavior by Donald and Lillian Stokes. This compact book provides tracking and behavioral information on mammals from meadow voles to moose.
  • The Hidden Charles: An Explorer’s Guide to the Charles River by Michael Tougias
  • Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts: Nature-rich walks within an hour of Boston Features the Bay Circuit Trail by Michael Tougias
  • Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels. An examination of the history and development of the New England landscape as revealed in the patterns we can still see in the forest today.
  • Forest Forensics by Tom Wessels. A field guide and key to accompany Reading the Forested Landscape.

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