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Great Lakes Flora and Fauna Guide - Recommended Reading List

From small bats and voles to the large moose, elk and black bear, the Great Lakes is home to many beautiful (and not so beautiful) mammals. These guides will help you get acquantained with the variety of species that make their home around the Great Lakes Basin. Further suggested reading is below in our list of Web sites.

Other field guides:
amphibians & reptiles - birds - fish - invertebrates - plants

Call No. 281382
American Wildlife & Plants: A Guide to Wildlife Food Habits / By Alexander C. Martin, Herbert Spencer Zim, and Arnold L. Nelson. New York: Dover Publications1951.
This is a compilation of nearly a century of research on the food and feeding habits of American birds, mammals and fish from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Very comprehensive.

Call No. 281384
Mammals of Wisconsin / By Hartley H. Jackson. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press1961.
This is one of the most comprehensive, useful and enjoyable mammal guides for the North Central States region. It is equally valuable to the professional zoologist, the lay 'wildlife watcher,' and the ecology-minded student.

Call No. 281385
Mammals of the Great Lakes Region / By Allen Kurta and William Henry Burt. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press1995.
Heavily illustrated and easy-to-use, this quick reference guide contains information on 83 species relating to their appearance, behavior and ecology.

Call No. 281386
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals / By John O. Whitaker. New York: Knopf1996.
An all-photograph field guide featuring 374 identification photos in full color shows North American wildlife in their natural settings. Animals are arranged by type, shape, and size--making it a natural field reference. A second key has a guide to animal tracks.

Call No. 281387
Animal Tracks of Minnesota & Wisconsin / By Ian Sheldon. Renton, Wash.: Lone Pine Pub.2000.
This is a very handy guide to identifying regional wildlife by their tracks. Has drawings of the animals, their fore and hind prints, and stride patterns. Sized perfectly to take along on a hike.

And check out these useful Web sites:

International Wolf Center
The mission of the International Wolf Center is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves. Visit this site to find information about identifying wolves as well as their history, biology, existing populations and methods of communicating. A special feature allows the user to track wild wolves in the Superior National Forest.

North American Mammals
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has put together this searchable database of all living mammals in North America to serve as a resource for students, teachers and the general public. It is searchable by geographic location, common or scientific name, and family tree. Site allows the user to convert a list of species to a printed personal field guide.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Mammals Checklist
The mammals section of the Checklists of Wisconsin Vertebrates contains a list of 72 Wisconsin species with links to pictures and descriptions.

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