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National Audubon Society Field Guide to New EnglandPeter Alden, Brian CassieGeneral guide to flora and fauna of New England
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Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New EnglandKenn Kaufman & Kimberly KaufmanGeneral guide to flora and fauna of New England
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Reading the Forested LandscapeTom WesselsNew England natural history; an interesting guide to viewing New England's natural history by looking at the landscape
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Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other InvertebratesCharley Eiseman and Noah CharneyInvertebrates; field guide to minutiaNorthern Naturalists
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Wildflowers of New EnglandTed Elliman, New England Wild Flower SocietyNew England wild flowersNEWFS books
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Flora Novae AngliaeArthur Haines (illustrations by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Gordon Morrison)Very technical taxonomical guide to all New England vascular plantsNEWFS books
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Newcomb's Wildflower GuideLawrence Newcomb"The" handbook for identification of wildflowers in New England with key
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Common Mosses of the Northeast and AppalachiansKarl B. McKnight, Joseph R. Rohrer, Kirsten McKnight Ward, Warren J. PerdrizetWarning: Mosses are addictive and require a microscope; and someone might object to small container full of moss on your dining room table. But, they stay green in winter. Bonus: You can find tardigrades in moss.
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Peterson Field Guide to Ferns: Northeastern and Central North America, 2nd EditionBoughton Cobb, Cheryl Lowe, Elizabeth FarnsworthFerns are awesome, but difficult. Always look at the underside of the frond.
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Fascinating Fungi of New EnglandLawrence MillmanAlways look underneath. Never eat a mushroom.Lawrence Millman
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Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North AmericaDavid Beadle, Seabrooke LeckieMoths (underwings, in particular) have some of the BEST names. Here are just a few: black witch, betrothed, penitent, old maid, widow, tearful, oldwife, youthful, sad, bride, mother, once-married, darling, sweetheart, sordid, scarlet, and girlfriend...Seabrooke Leckie (author website)
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Caterpillars of Eastern North AmericaDavid L. WagnerSearch by color and host species, also shows adult moth or butterfly.
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Insects of New England & New YorkTom MurrayThis is a very manageable guide to insects. With tens of thousands of species, this guide narrows the field to just over 1250, so you can usually get an ID to genus. From there, you can use online tools (like bugguide.net) to try to get to species. If you use bugguide.net, I recomment you LOOK only. Don't post anything unless you check with me first. Some of the moderators are VERY serious and, unfortunately, can be quite nasty to "amateurs."BugGuide.net - Advanced bug ID (not for the faint of heart)
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NEWFS Field Manual of Invasive Plants for the NortheastBayard Ewing, Christopher MattrickBad plants are bad.New England Wild Flower Society
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A Guide to Invasive Plants in Massachusetts Paul Somers, Rachel Kramer, Karen Lombard, Bill BrumbackBad plants are bad.Massachusetts NHESP publications
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A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts 2nd editionBlair Nikula, Jennifer L. Ryan, Matthew R. BurneSearch by body shape, size colors, habitat, month of the year, anatomy (esp. tails), wing vein patterns, male/female variantsMassachusetts NHESP publications
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A Field Guide to the animals of Vernal PoolsLeo P. Kenney, Matthew R. BurneReally good opportunity for citizen science and conservation involvoing salamanders, frogs, fairy shrimp, tiny crustaceans, predaceous diving beetles, snakes, newts, worms, turtles, mites, amphipods, isopids, all-sorts-of-pods.Massachusetts NHESP publications
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The Vascular Plants of Massachusetts: A County Checklist, First RevisionMelissa Dow Cullina, Bryan Connolly, Bruce Sorrie and Paul SomersFor the serious plant geek. Keep a checklist of everything you find. Get a digital copy at the Massachusetts NHESP publications link for three books above. See my list of Dedham flora and fauna using the link to the right.Dedham Species Checklist
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