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Naturalist Resources

Recommended Field Guides

  • The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America: Second Edition
  • Birds of Berkshire County by Bartlett Henricks
  • Exploring Stone Walls: A Field Guide to New England’s Stone Walls by Robert M. Thorson
  • Newcomb's Wildflower Guide
  • Flora of Berkshire County Massachusetts by Pamela B. Weatherbee
  • Wildflowers of the Berkshire and Taconic Hills by Joseph G. Strauch
  • Woody Plants of the Northern Forest: A Photographic Guide by Jerry Jenkins
  • Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America
  • Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
  • Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians
  • Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast by Lynn Levine
  • Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide by Lynn Levine
  • Mushrooms of the Northeast: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms
  • Peterson Field Guide to Ferns: Northeastern and Central North America, 2nd Edition
  • Bogs of the Northeast by Charles W. Johnson
  • MassWildlife Publications: (available to purchase from MassLife)
    • A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Massachusetts by Peter G. Mirick with Tom French and Jacob Kubel
    • Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools by Leo Kenney and Matthew Burne
    • Field Guide to MA Dragonflies & Damselflies by Blair Nikula, Jennifer Loose, and Matthew
    • BurneGuide to Invasive Plants in Massachusetts

Recommended Books

  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels
  • Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich
  • Berkshire Forests Shade the Past by Bernard A. Drew
  • Exploring the Berkshire Hills: A Guide to Geology and Early Industry in the Upper Housatonic Watershed by Ed Kirby
  • Most Excellent Majesty: A History of Mount Greylock by Deborah E. Burns and Lauren R. Stevens
  • 50 Hikes in the Berkshire Hills by Laruen R. Stevens
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
  • Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb

Recommended Apps/Websites

  • iNaturalist App and Website: Record your observations. Share with fellow naturalists. Discuss your findings. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. Your findings are shared with scientific data repositories to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.
  • Merlin Bird ID App: Browse more than 8,000 stunning images taken by top photographers. Merlin also includes more than 3,000 audio recordings from the Macaulay Library, identification tips from experts, and range maps from the Birds of North America Online and Neotropical Birds.
  • eBird App and Website: Explore birds and hotspots near you and wherever you go, all based on the latest sightings from around the world. Share and keep track of your sightings!
  • Go Botany Website: Simple Plant ID Key
  • Northern Woodlands Website: The mission of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education is to advance a culture of forest stewardship in the Northeast and to increase understanding of and appreciation for the natural wonders, economic productivity and ecological integrity of the region’s forests.
  • Mary Holland’s Naturally Curious Website & Blog: Happenings around the fields, woods, and marshes of New England
  • Northern Forest Atlas Articles: Articles are short to medium-length, illustrated documents. Some,  are stand-alone pieces. Others are segments of running blogs.


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