Edward Kanze Products
The following products---books, CDs, and, I envision, more as I find the time to add items---are ones I've found worth owning. If you want to own them, too, by all means purchase them from a local merchant and support small businesses in your community.
On the other hand, if internet ordering is what you plan to do, ordering via the links below will be easy and quick. It'll also send a small trickle of funds in my direction to help support this website and other worthy causes (birdseed, for example, and fresh fruit for the kids).
Note: the list is by no means comprehensive. There are plenty of worthy products not listed here. In time, I plan to expand these recommendations to include a wide range of products helpful to nature-lovers far and wide.
Thanks for perusing! ---Ed
A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Peterson's field guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement.
By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative skills of an artist and writer, Peterson created a field guide that Robert Bateman, in his foreword to the fifth edition, says was the doorway for millions of people into the wonderland of natural history.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition (National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America). Birding is the fastest growing wildlife-related activity in the U.S., and even conservative estimates put the current number of U.S. birders at 50 million. According to the New York Times, some authorities predict that by 2050 there will be more than 100 million—and the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America will be the essential reference for field identification and the cornerstone of any birder's library. This is the ultimate, indispensable bird field guide—comprehensive, authoritative, portable, sturdy, and easier than ever to use.
Common Birds and Their Songs (Book and Audio CD). This book-audio package provides a unique introduction to fifty of the most familiar birds of North America and the songs they sing. Each bird is described in vivid detail - its natural history, habitat, voice, range, and field marks - and illustrated in stunning color photographs. Range maps show where each species is found in different seasons. The audio CD features original high-quality field recordings of each bird's songs and calls, which are track-coded for easy access. Common Birds and Their Songs will be valuable to anyone interested in birds, from beginner to expert. It's the perfect gift for any birder - or anyone with a bird feeder.
Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America: Fourth Edition (Peterson Field Guide Series). The most comprehensive, in-depth, and current guide to North American mammals, this book covers all the mammals found in North America north of Mexico, including those that live in near-shore waters. The only guide to include paintings and photographs of the animals as well as photographs of mammal skulls, it has 80 color plates, plus 46 additional color illustrations and black-and-white drawings, nearly 400 range maps, and more than 100 color photographs.
Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. A compact field guide to treat every species of butterfly that occurs regularly in North America north of the Mexican border, from south Texas to the Arctic. Using the same method of illustration as Birds of North America, it features more than 2,200 pictures of butterflies in natural poses, in digital images based on photographs. The illustrations show most butterflies from both above and below. Males and females are both illustrated if they look noticeably different, and regional variations are shown as well. Range maps show where each species is common or rare, and the facing-page format means that illustrations, text, and map for each butterfly are all visible at a glance.
A Field Guide to Wildflowers : Northeastern and North-Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) Grouped by color and by plant characteristics, 1,293 species in 84 families are described and illustrated. Included here are all the flowers you're most likely to encounter in the eastern and north-central U.S., westward to the Dakotas and southward to North Carolina and Arkansas, as well as the adjacent parts of Canada.
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide An essential field guide for anyone interested in native plants, this classic identification guide uses a simple dichotomous key for identification -- the preferred system for botanists. With 1,075 mostly black-and-white drawings, it covers the Northeast and Great Lakes region, south to Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and most of Tennessee.
A Field Guide to Eastern Forests: North America (Peterson Field Guides(R))This latest edition to the "Peterson Field Guide" series seeks to train the reader to recognize patterns that define a woodland. Calling his book a "field guide to ecology," Kricher introduces basic ecological concepts and describes notable field marks that define a particular environment. Twenty-seven types of forest communities east of the Rockies are described in terms of their characteristic indicator species. Illustrative plates, many of which are in color, accompany these descriptions. Seasonal processes within the forest are also discussed. This book, when used in conjunction with appropriate field guides, is an excellent introduction for the amateur naturalist who wants to see the forest as a whole.
The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State: Identification, Natural History, and ConservationThis is the first guide yet produced to the amphibians and reptiles of New York State, a large and heavily populated state that hosts a surprisingly diverse and interesting community of amphibians and reptiles. This much needed guide to the identification, distribution, natural history and
conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of New York State fill a long-empty niche.
A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of Eastern & Central North America (Peterson Field Guide Series)This newly designed field guides features detailed descriptions of 595 species and subspecies. The 656 full-color illustrations and 384 drawings show key details for accurate identification. More than 100 color photographs and 333 color photographs and 333 color distribution maps accompany the species descriptions.
Peterson Field Guide to Ferns, Second Edition: Northeastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)Since 1956, when the late Boughton Cobb wrote his field guide to ferns, this book, unchanged in all the years since, has become the classic on the subject. Now the New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) has completely updated the text and added 100 color photographs. The incredibly beautiful full-page line drawings by the late Laura Louise Foster have been reproduced from the original art. New subjects include a section on habitats and conservation, a glossary of botanical terms, and a chapter on gardening with ferns.
A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs: Northeastern and north-central United States and southeastern and south-centralCanada (Peterson Field Guides(R))All the wild trees, shrubs, and woody vines in the area north to Newfoundland, south to North Carolina and Tennessee, and west to the Dakotas and Kansas are described in detail. Accounts of 646 species include shape and arrangement of leaves, height, color, bark texture, flowering season, and fruit. Clear, accurate drawings illustrate leaves, flowers, buds, tree silhouettes, and other characteristics.
A Field Guide to Eastern Trees (Peterson Field Guides)This field guide features detailed descriptions of 455 species of trees native to eastern North America, including the Midwest and the South. The 48 color plates, 11 black-and-white plates, and 26 text drawings show distinctive details needed for identification. Color photographs and 266 color range maps accompany the species descriptions.
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