The Next Generation of Field Guides?

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As you can imagine, the Land Library has hundreds and hundreds of field guides on its shelves. Among our favorites are classic guides to animal tracks & sign by naturalists such as Olaus Murie, James Halfpenny, and Paul Rezendes. In recent years we’ve been excited by a new generation of tracking guides, ones that assume an even sharper focus on what you might find in the field.

One of our favorites is Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, truly a one-of-a-kind field guide. With over 1,000 color plates, this 582-page reference gives you clues to some of the most mysterious traces you’ll ever encounter in the field. A quick glance at the table of contents gives you a hint of what you’ll find in this wonderful book: Eggs and Egg Cases, Webs and Other Silken Constructions, Cocoons, Galls, Leaf Mines, Leaf Shelters, Burrows and Mounds, and Coverings, Cases, Retreats & Nests Made from Foreign Materials. And that just scratches the surface of this remarkable and unexpected book.

pictured above: Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species by Charley Eiseman & Noah Charney, and two more next generation tracking guides: Bird Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch, Eleanor Marks, & C. David Boretos, Practical Tracking: A Guide to Following Footprints and Finding Animals by Louis Liebenberg, Adriaan Louw, & Mark Elbroch.

And here’s three fun & informative books from our Waterton Canyon Kid’s Library:

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Wild Tracks! A Guide to Nature’s Footprints by Jim Arnosky, Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints by Millicent E. Selsam & Marlene Hill Donnelly, Animal Tracks and Signs by Jinny Johnson.

images from Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates by Charley Eiseman & Noah Charney

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