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Books in Peterson Field Guides series

  • Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes

    Lawrence M. Page, Brooks M. Burr, Eugene C. Beckham, Justin Sipiorski, Joseph Tomelleri, John P. Sherrod

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 21, 2011)
    There are nearly 1,000 species of freshwater fishes in North America alone, and identifying them can sometimes be a daunting task. In fact, in just the twenty years since publication of the first edition of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, the number of species has risen by almost 150, including 19 marine invaders and 16 newly established nonnative species. This second edition incorporates all of these new species, plus all-new maps and a collection of new and revised plates. Some of the species can be told apart only by minute differences in coloration or shape, and these beautifully illustrated plates reveal exactly how to distinguish each species. The guide includes detailed maps and information showing where to locate each species of fish—whether that species can be found in miles-long stretches of river or small pools that cover only dozens of square feet. The ichthyologic world of the twenty-first century is not the same as it was in the twentieth, and this brand-new edition of the definitive field guide to freshwater fishes reflects these many changes.
  • Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America

    Robert Powell, Roger Conant, Joseph T. Collins

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 12, 2016)
    A completely updated edition, including 122 newly recognized or recently established non-native species of reptiles and amphibians. The new edition of this definitive guide reflects 25 years’ worth of changes in our knowledge of reptiles and amphibians. It includes descriptions of 122 newly recognized or recently established non-native species, updated maps, and new figures and photos. Color illustrations and drawings show key details for accurate identification. More than 100 color photographs and 322 color distribution maps accompany the species descriptions. Clear and concise species accounts provide key characteristics, similar species, habitats, and ranges, as well as subspecies, voice descriptions, and conservation status. This edition will be a crucial resource for professional and amateur herpetologists, naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, and students.
  • The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America

    Bill Thompson III

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 24, 2012)
    Covering 300 of the most common birds in all of the United States and Canada, The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America is loaded with color photographs, drawings showing typical behaviors, range maps, an easy-to-use checklist, fun facts, and authoritative information about each bird, its vocalizations, and its habitat. While other field guides might overwhelm kids who are new to birding, The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America was created with help from kids. Bill Thompson’s own son and daughter and their elementary school classes helped select the content. Kid tested, kid approved!
  • Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America

    Roger Tory Peterson

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 14, 2010)
    Guide to birds of eastern and central north america guides a unique identification system, which has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. This guide is illustrated with drawings and photographs in color and black and white and all provide up to date range information and the most useful descriptions, pinpoints key field marks for quick recognition and easy comparison of species. Measures 5.3 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches.
  • A Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians

    Robert C. Stebbins, Roger Tory Peterson

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 27, 2003)
    This guide covers all the species of reptiles and amphibians found in western North America. More than 650 full-color paintings and photographs show key details for making accurate identifications. Color range maps give species' distributions. Important information on conservation efforts and survival status rounds out the detailed species descriptions.
  • A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico

    Donald J. Borror, Richard E. White

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 15, 1998)
    Detailed descriptions of insect orders, families, and many individual species are illustrated with 1,300 drawings and 142 superb color paintings. Illustrations - which use the unique Peterson Identification System to distinguish one insect from another - include size lines to show the actual length of each insect. A helpful glossary explains the technical terms of insect anatomy.
  • A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America

    Joseph T. Collins, Roger Conant, Roger Tory Peterson, Isabelle Hunt Conant, Tom R. Johnson

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 15, 1998)
    This newly designed field guides features detailed descriptions of 595 species and subspecies. The 656 full-color illustrations and 384 drawings show key details for accurate identification. More than 100 color photographs and 333 color photographs and 333 color distribution maps accompany the species descriptions.
  • Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America

    Roger Tory Peterson

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Co, Aug. 1, 2008)
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  • Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

    Roger Tory Peterson

    Vinyl Bound (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 14, 2010)
    With all-new range maps, updated text, and 40 new paintings, the completely revised editions of two classic Peterson Field Guides are sure to be valuable additions to any birder's pocket or daypack. At a trim size of 5 x 8, they are portable but also beautifully illustrated. Photographs, while modern looking and colorful, capture just one moment in time. The paintings in these guides, however, show all of a bird's key field marks and use the Peterson Identification System to make bird identification easier for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. / Author: Roger Tory Peterson / ISBN: 0547152701
  • Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks

    Olaus J. Murie, Dr. Mark Elbroch, Roger Tory Peterson

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov. 10, 2005)
    Roger Tory Peterson's unique identification system explains exactly what features to look for to tell one species from another. In each Peterson Field Guide, an author with expertise in the subject and an experienced artist work closely with the editors to ensure that both text and illustrations are accurate. This edition includes 100 color photographs of tracks and signs, more than 1,000 line drawings, and nomenclature for all the mammals of North America. The text includes descriptions of habits, habitats, tracks, signs, and ranges, and is filled with wonderful natural history stories. Olaus J. Murie, one of America's leading mammalogists, has completed fieldwork throughout the United States and Canada, from Labrador to the Aleutian Islands, with special concentration in the Northwest. He wrote The Elk of North America and many articles on natural history. Mark Elbroch is the author of several tracking guides,including two award-winning books, Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species and, with Eleanor Marks, Bird Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species. He has contributed to numerous North American research projects, from monitoring bears to capturing cougars to inventorying carnivores in dry tropical forests.
  • Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America

    Nathan Pieplow

    Vinyl Bound (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 7, 2017)
    The first comprehensive guide to the sounds of eastern North American birds, featuring an innovative visual index that allows readers to quickly look up unfamiliar sounds in the field. Bird songs and calls are just as important as visual field marks in identifying birds. But until now, the only way to learn them was by memorization. With this groundbreaking book, it’s possible to visually distinguish bird sounds and identify birds using a field guide format. At the core of this guide is the spectrogram, a visual graph of sound. With a brief introduction to five key aspects—speed, repetition, pauses, pitch pattern, and tone quality—readers can learn to visualize sounds, without any musical training or auditory memorization. Picturing sounds makes it possible to search this book visually for a bird song heard in the field. The Sound Index groups similar songs together, narrowing the identification choices quickly to a brief list of birds that sound alike. Readers can then turn to the species account for more information and/or listen to the accompanying audio tracks available online, through Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. Identifying birds by sound is arguably the most challenging and important skill in birding. This book makes it vastly easier to master than ever before.
  • Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles & Amphibians

    Robert C. Stebbins, Samuel M. McGinnis

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct. 16, 2018)
    PETERSON: The best-selling field guides of all time This is the most comprehensive and trusted guide to reptiles and amphibians of western North America. The new edition retains the realistic and accurate paintings by Robert Stebbins and includes 160 color photographs for additional detail. All range maps are up to date and placed within their species accounts. Family, genus, species, and subspecies names have been updated to the currently accepted usage. Illustrations of eggs and larvae, which can aid in identifying salamanders and frogs, are a particularly helpful feature. The area covered includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, the western corner of Nunavut, Yukon, and Baja California. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute