Readers dig up welcome tidbits about field guides

We got some interesting and gratifying responses to our recent series on field guides for garden visitors.

One reader recommended an insect reference new to us: Whitney Cranshaw’s Garden Insects of North America (Princeton): “Great photos in many life stages with lots of detailed info on which plants are damaged by what stage. This is not a book for beginners nor is it region specific, but the photos are really terrific.” Duly noted. Princeton University Press has a splendid line of natural history guides.

We heard from local organizations that had published or were developing their own field guides. “The citizens group I am working with (Friends of the Lower Calaveras River) has just developed a field guide of large animals of the Calaveras River,” wrote Dale Sanders. “We use them on our frequent tours of various reaches of the river.”
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