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5 Best Nature Field Guides for Outdoor Explorers

Use a helpful mushroom field guide, tree field guide, wildflower guide and more on your next adventure or hike in the great outdoors.

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Peterson Field to Mushrooms

Mushroom Field Guide

Discover the fascinating world of fungi firsthand with a mushroom field guide. In the Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, you’ll learn which mushrooms are edible and which ones are poisonous in a flash. Make sure you bring it along when you go foraging for food.

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Psst—try growing your own mushrooms at home — it’s easier than you think!

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America

Wildflower Field Guide

Check out descriptions of leaves, stalks and blooms in the National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America. This wildflower field guide offers range maps and seasonal info for hundreds of flowers.

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National Audubon Society Trees of North AmericaCredit to Alfred A. Knopf

Tree Field Guide

With more than 540 species highlighted in National Audubon Society Trees of North America, you’ll easily figure out which trees you’re seeing on your next hike. This tree field guide offers essential information and plenty of photos to help you identify a tree by its leaves, bark, and more.

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Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America

Birding Field Guide

The pictorial table of contents in the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America makes pinpointing birds on your life list a cinch. You won’t want to go bird-watching without this book and a pair of binoculars in your backpack.

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Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests

Bird Nest Field Guide

Get up close with fascinating bird nests in the Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests. Learn about different species’ preferred nesting habitats and breeding behaviors

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Learn how to identify bird eggs by color and size.

Molly Jasinski
Molly Jasinski is a writer, editor and social media manager for Birds & Blooms. She enjoys watching the robins, cardinals and occasional goldfinch seen around her apartment.

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