Volume 3 2014

Wisconsin's Water Library

Who Lives in and Around the Great Lakes?

Many are familiar with the Peterson’s Field Guide series, but there are many other excellent nature guides available both in print and on the Web that include the Great Lakes region. Can’t tell if that’s a chipmunk or a ground squirrel in your yard? Researching amphibians of the Great Lakes? Curious about the birds at your feeders? You need to take a look at these books!

Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region
By James H. Harding. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.
Harding has produced a nontechnical guide to the identification, distribution and life history of reptiles and amphibians found in the Great Lakes area.

Birds of Minnesota and Wisconsin
By Robert B. Janssen, Daryl D. Tessen and Gregory Kennedy. Auburn, Wash.: Lone Pine Publishing, 2003.
This book is a useful tool for learning more about the biological diversity of the upper Midwest. 322 species of birds are grouped and color coded in this guidebook for easy reference. It includes the top 10 birding sites in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Guide to Great Lakes Fishes
By Gerald Ray Smith. Ann Arbor: Michigan Sea Grant and University of Michigan Press, 2010.
“The Guide to Great Lakes Fishes” describes 62 of the region’s most commonly found species, from giants like the sturgeon all the way down to the minnows and shiners, some of the lakes’ smallest residents. Illustrations by Emily S. Damstra.

Mammals of the Great Lakes Region
By Allen Kurta and William Henry Burt. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.
Heavily illustrated and easy-to-use, this quick reference guide contains information on 83 species relating to their appearance, behavior and ecology.

If you wish to see more books on this topic (and about Great Lakes flora, too), visit our recommended reading list.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.











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