Field Guides and Literature

Selected guides and resources for learning more about California wildlife.


Recommended Books

  • Alden, Peter, Heath, Fred. National Audubon Society Field Guide to California. Alfred A. Knopf. 1998.
  • Bauer, Nancy. California Wildlife Habitat Garden: How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds and Other Animals. University of California Press. 2012.
  • Berthoin, Paola F., Bayless, Laura, Dotson, John et al. Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed. 2012.
  • California Wildlife Conservation Challenges: California's Wildlife Action Plan. California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 2005.
  • Clark, Jeanne L. California Wildlife Viewing Guide. FalconGuides. 1996.
  • Elbroch, Mark and Michael Raymond Kresky. Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California. 2012.
  • Fenimore, Bill. Backyard Birds of California. Gibbs Smith. 2008.
  • Jameson Jr., E.W., Peeters, Hans J. Mammals of California. University of California Press. 2004.
  • Kaufman, Obi. The California Field Atlas. Heyday. 2017.
  • Kavanagh, James. The Nature of California. Waterford Press. 2005.
  • Kramer, Gary. California Wildlife Impressions. Farcountry Press. 2006.
  • Marianchild, Kate. Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals Among California's Oaks. 2014.
  • Muir, John. My First Summer in the Sierras
  • Muir, John. The Mountains of California. 
  • Muir, John. Spiritual Writings. Orbis Books.  2013.
  • Muir, John. The Yosemite.
  • Stienstra, Tom. Foghorn Outdoors: California Wildlife. Rick Steves. 2000.
  • Tekiela, Stan. Birds of California. Adventure Publications. 2003.