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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees--W: Western Region [Paperback]

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Item description for National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees--W: Western Region by Elbert Luther Little...

Identifies and illustrates 360 species in the area ranging from the eastern seaboard to the Rocky Mountains

Publishers Description
All 933 identification pictures are full-color photos of significant details of virtually all native trees and many cultivated species as you see them in their natural habitat.

Citations And Professional Reviews
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees--W: Western Region by Elbert Luther Little has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 420
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 318
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 158

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Knopf
Pages   640
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.69" Width: 4.1" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 12, 1980
Publisher   Knopf
ISBN  0394507614  
ISBN13  9780394507613  

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More About Elbert Luther Little

National Audubon Society WAYNE R. PETERSEN is the Director of theMassachusetts Important Bird Areas(IBA) program atMass Audubon. He had led many birding tours across North America and abroad. In 2005, Petersen received theAmerican Birding Association s Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology."

National Audubon Society has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Audubon Field Guide
  2. National Audubon Society Field Guide
  3. National Audubon Society Field Guides (Hardcover)
  4. National Audubon Society Field Guides (Paperback)
  5. National Audubon Society Pocket Guides
  6. National Audubon Society Regional Field Guides
  7. Peterson Field Guides (Paperback)

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a decent field guide to western trees  Jan 2, 2008

As with all the Audubon Field Guides, so too with this one. The color plates are the best in all the field guides; these photos are indispensible for anyone who needs to ascertain which one of the 314 Western tree species needs to be identified.

The durable leatherette cover, along with the heavy duty (turtleback) book binding make this a book that can easily withstand much wear and tear.

The descriptive information is good; where the text starts to show deficiencies is in the Range, Habitat, and Summary sections on each species. The information tends to be vague and merely glosses over critical facts that should be included. I can only assume it's the usual story of the editors not having the space to include more relevant information.

The index is cross referenced to the color plates - this is a big plus when out in the field attempting to do identifications. As far as a good tool to increase one's knowledge of the natural world, this field guide is helpful and deserves a place in any naturalist's library.

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Great Book !!!  Nov 3, 2006
These Audubon books are the best ones for learning about the subject matter, ie: trees. Colored pictures are a MUST and these books have pictures that allow you to identify your tree easily. I have purchased a number of them over the years and will do so in the future.
North American trees, West.  Dec 14, 2004
If your going to be stuffing your field guide into your pocket, glove box, daypack or backpack, the "turtleback" binding used by Audubon is perfect. Personally, I don't use it that way. When I encounter a species I cannot identify, I take notes (usually of the mental variety) -- leaf characteristics, bark characteristics, size, form, habitat, seeds, flowers, etc. -- and identify it when I return home. The photos and drawings in this volume are generally excellent. So far as I can recall, the Audubon guide has yet to fail me. It doesn't include very many introduced (non-native) trees, that's not it's purpose, of course, so it may not help you identify the trees that have been planted in your yard. The Sunset Western Garden Book, or perhaps your local nurseryman, will fit that niche.
Could the book be better? Well, the obvious answer is always yes, I suppose, but I don't know how. Would some kind of a 'flow-chart' for identifying specimens improve this edition? Well, there is one, created quiet simply in the way the book is organized; refer to the "How to Use this Guide" section in the front. I won't claim to be a connoisseur of guidebooks, but this one has worked very nicely for me for several years and I recommend it without hesitation.
Dissappointing: Very hard to identify unknown trees  Nov 28, 2004
I spent $20 on this at a local bookstore (that was a mistake: it is only $14 here on this site) and got it home and went into my backyard. An hour later, I was only able to identify one of the three trees in the yard.

I got the book because it had the Audobon name, and it included some sharp color photos. I should have got the Peterson guide instead.

What the Audobon book is missing is an algorithm or process to identify an unknown tree (they call this "differential diagnosis" in medicine). I was expecting something like: "If it has 5 needles per cluster turn to page 45, if it has grey bark turn to page 64, etc" until you pinpoint your tree.

I would even be happy if it had some illustrations like Silbeys bird book ... with arrows pointing to the discriminating features that distinguish the tree from similar trees.

But in the Audobon book, the reader is expected to browse thru dozens of photos and try to match your tree to the photo. But SURPRISE, the photos of similar trees all look alike and what then? You are expected to browse the the dense textual (!) descriptions and flip back and forth reading minutae like "two white strips on the undersides of the needles"

How about some color illustrations? How about a list of similar trees a given tree is often confused with? How about a handful of distinguishing characteristics of each tree?

Try Petersons book instead!
Quite reliable for outdoor travellers.  Jul 11, 2004
The Audubon Guide to Western Trees will prove a long lasting reference for outdoor lovers and tree finders. This easily equals the excellent Eastern Region guide in quality, detail, number of species listed, and beautiful photographs. However, if you want a heavy duty instant identification tool, hold off on this and purchase the Peterson Guides to Trees. However, if you love to marvel at trees and identify them in any amount of time at all, buy this along with the Eastern Guide. The quality binding of this newly updated edition is nice quality, and easy to carry. The earlier, out of print, hardback Economy Press edition was bulky, but contained more species listings. Still that difference is hardly noticeable, and buy this edition at good costs. This guide, (compared to the Petersons) will please a patient outdoor searcher attempting to identify any tree they find. Though the Peterson Guide to Trees should be bought prior to this, it is still an excellent and reliable addition to your collection.

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