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June 15, 2015

Summer is nigh upon us, and do you know what that means? It’s time to hike—and walk, and run, and bike, and paddle—your way through the beautiful Pacific Northwest! But before you embark on any adventures, browse the books below to see which field guides and handbooks might serve as helpful companions.

 

 

Field Guide to Oregon Rivers

By Tim Palmer FieldGuidetoORRivers

 

Our most popular field guide profiles 120 Oregon rivers, offering a bevy of color photographs, history, and tips for all manner of outdoor enthusiasts. Described by WaterWatch of Oregon Executive Director John Devoe as “an essential tool for anyone who paddles, fishes, explores, and wants to understand the natural history of our rivers,” Palmer’s work serves as an unprecedented reference for Oregonians and visitors alike.

 

 

Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest

By the Carex Working Group FieldGuidetoSedgesofPacNW

 

This updated second edition offers a comprehensive look at the Pacific Northwest’s 169 Carex sedge species. Notoriously difficult to identify, sedges can be tackled using this helpful guide, which contains more than 650 color photographs and distribution maps. Learn the tricks of the trade employed by botanists and ecologists to use in your own gardening, landscaping, or citizen science pursuits.

 

 

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon: A Field Guide DragonfliesandDamselflies

By Cary Kerst and Steve Gordon

 

Catered to naturalists, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts with all levels of experience, this companion guide includes stunning, vibrant photographs of Oregon’s Odonates and identification tips. Take the guide with you on any excursion to learn more about the distribution, habits, and natural history of the order.

 

 

Handbook of Oregon Birds: A Field Companion to Birds of Oregon HandbookofORBirds

By Hendrik G. Herlyn and Alan L. Contreras

 

The essential guide to Oregon ornithology, the Handbook provides a detailed field reference for birders interested in seasonal patterns, habitat information, and breeding and winter maps. Intended for more experienced birders, the guide includes specialized identification aids on such challenges as flying alcids and immature swallows.

 

 

Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest Macrolichens

By Bruce McCune and Linda Geiser

 

A useful guide for both beginners and specialists, this revised edition includes keys to 586 lichen species in Oregon and Washington and some parts of Idaho and Montana. With an emphasis on forested ecosystems, Macrolichens offers users an illustrated glossary, as well as ecological challenges like air quality currently faced by the species. The guide includes more than 240 color photographs for improved identification.

 

 

Handbook of Northwestern Plants HandbookofNWPlants

By Helen M. Gilkey and La Rea J. Dennis

 

Valuable to botany students and beginners, this revised handbook helps identify hundreds of plants found between the Cascade Mountains and Pacific Coast. Educational components include a glossary of botanical terms and a host of illustrations that highlight indentifying details. For years, The Handbook of Northwestern Plants has been widely used as the premiere guide for plants in western Washington and Oregon.

 

 

Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest LandSnailsandSlugs

By Thomas E. Burke

 

Turn to this field guide for the definitive authority on the animal kingdom’s second largest phylum. Browse its pages for information on the snails and slugs of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and western Montana.  As a reference, Land Snails and Slugs provides rich illustrations, characteristic traits, and biogeography details.

 

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