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lookout bob
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PostSun Dec 20, 2020 3:46 pm 
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I have three field guides from Timber Press and was so happy that I just bought my fourth.  They have great pictures and are organized well.
Do you have field guides you like better or have you tried these

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https://www.timberpress.com/series/timber-press-field-guides

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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 12:44 pm 
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I like the Timber Press field guides too. I have the Butterflies, Mushrooms, Wildflowers and Birds guides covering the Pacific Northwest. I also have the original butterfly one before the Timber Press one was published and itís autographed by Robert Michael Pyle.

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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 1:04 pm 
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lookout bob wrote:
Do you have field guides you like better or have you tried these†

I have Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest . It is an excellent book and is a good companion volume along with Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest  from the same publisher. There is some overlap. For example heather is covered in both books, but the latter is little harder for botany amateurs like me to use in that its index lacks common names for some plants.

My favorite field guide for Trees and Shrubs of Washington is by C.P. Lyons, a revision of my cherished, heavily worn copy of Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers to Know in Washington by Lyons, which I got it when I was ten, so it is now  seen 63 years of use.

Another Timber Press book I  have is Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest but haven't used it much.

I have not seen the geology book but should get a copy.  Other geology field guides I have used, at least those that try to aid the user in identification of minerals and rocks that are not in a specified location, are difficult to use for a layperson.

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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 1:43 pm 
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Cascade-Olympic Natural History: A Trailside Reference by Daniel Mathews


It's got everything in it. Whatever you see out there, is in this book.

I saw a curious critter swimming across Lake Ferguson last July. I got home, and looked it up. It's a water vole, page 326.

Plants, animals, geology, and pictures. It's all in there.
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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 3:11 pm 
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rbuzby wrote:
by Daniel Mathews

I was going to plug that one as well, especially since Daniel is a contributing member of NWHikers. But then I noticed that the Timber Press book "Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains" is actually the second edition of Daniel's field guide.

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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 3:37 pm 
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Sculpin wrote:
rbuzby wrote:
by Daniel Mathews

I was going to plug that one as well, especially since Daniel is a contributing member of NWHikers. But then I noticed that the Timber Press book "Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains" is actually the second edition of Daniel's field guide.

He's a NW Hiker too?  Cool.  I love that book, I think I am going to start reading it from cover to cover this winter. So far I have only read sections of it,  as needed for research.
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PostWed Dec 30, 2020 1:25 pm 
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Great guidebooks and worth the money!  I have five of them.  A bit heavy to take with me on a hike but useful after hikes when it comes time to ID stuff I've taken photos of!  I used the Natural History book to ID a red splotch on maple leaves:

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PostThu Dec 31, 2020 12:13 am 
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Pojar's is considered the Bible for PNW plants, but I find the illustrations wanting at times; I'm going to check out some of the other suggestions here.

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