Field Guides, Links, and Literature

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Recommended Field Guides:

Peter Alden, Fred Heath. National Audubon Society Field Guide to California.

California Native Plant Society publications

California Natural History Guides publications

Bauer, Nancy. California Wildlife Habitat Garden: How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds and Other Animals.

Mark Elbroch, Michael Raymond Kresky. Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California.

Obi Kaufmann. The California Field Atlas.

Kavanagh and Leung, California Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals. Waterford Press. 2016.

Tim Palmer. Field Guide to California Rivers.

Recommended Links:

California Natural History Guides (UC Press)

California Native Plant Society at

Recommended Literature

This list includes scientists and artists, activists and educators who have contributed, among many others, to the establishment and development of environment and ecology movements, and our expanding understanding both of the complex relationships in nature and of the interaction between nature and human nature. 

Their perspectives, discoveries and creativity reveal why “the wild” and “wildlife” are fundamentally necessary to the survival of life on earth and crucial to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all of life’s creatures.

Mary Austin - The Land of Little Rain

Rachel Carson - Silent Spring 

Susan Fenimore Cooper - Rural Hours

Laura Cunningham - A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature and Other Selected Essays

Elizabeth Kolbert - The Sixth Extinction

John Muir - My First Summer In The Sierra / The Mountains of California

Margaret W. Owings - Voice from the Sea: Reflections on Wildlife and Wilderness

Paul Shepard - Man and The Landscape

Gary Snyder - Turtle Island 

Henry David Thoreau - Walden 

E.O. Wilson - The Diversity of Life / The Creation: An Appeal To Save The Eart