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Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England (Kaufman Field Guides) Vinyl Bound – October 16, 2012
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KENN KAUFMAN, one of the world's foremost naturalists, is the originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, which includes books on birds, butterflies, mammals, and insects.
KIMBERLY KAUFMAN is the executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio and a contributing editor to Birds & Blooms magazine.
About the Author
KIMBERLY KAUFMAN is the executive director of Ohio's Black Swamp Bird Observatory and a contributing editor to Birds & Blooms.
- Publisher : Mariner Books; 1st edition (October 16, 2012)
- Language : English
- Vinyl Bound : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 061845697X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0618456970
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 4.5 x 0.87 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #485,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This guide is not filled with extreme details. It's the opposite. The Kaufman's give you just enough to launch you on your own discovery about ANY aspect of nature in New England. This doesn't mean they don't help you identify what you've found, but if they don't help exactly, they narrow your focus. My children(5 and 8) and I who homeschool in southern Maine have already used it at the ocean, in our back yard for birding, salamander and insect queries, while hiking discovering the differences between common ferns and wildflowers. I've also used it in my garden, identifying potential insect concerns. The fact it also includes basic information about geology and astrology has me wanting one for home and our backpacks. The Kaufman's inspire you to explore.
Details that save you time in identification are the color tabs at the top corner and side of each page. The ones on the side move top to bottom with the bottom color tab being at the back of the book. Once you familiarize yourself with the colors, you will know in seconds where to open the book and spot the bird who is just about to fly away.
One factor to consider is whether you prefer illustrations or photos for identification. Up to now, I have solely used Peterson's bird guides and Marilyn Dwelley's wildflower and tree guides as they provide such detail in their hand illustrations. The photos have attracted my children more. So, this may be something to consider in gift giving.
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