Double Hummingbird, Oh My God, It's So Intense! (But what kind were they?)
August 1, 2010 2:34 PM Subscribe
I want to learn more about wildlife/natural science in my local area. Can you recommend books? More on what I'm looking for inside.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to science & nature (13 answers total)
I'm in central Illinois. We have a large prairie garden with a mix of plants appropriate to our area, as well as some more traditional garden areas and a veggie garden. We are starting to see a lot more native animals (two hummingbirds today!), and I am curious about their habits and habitats and breeding and growth and food and all that stuff.
I would like to read stuff fairly specific to my area, ideally with lots of pictures, and that will help me identify what I'm looking at. ("Birds of Illinois" is good ... "Birds of the Eastern US" is okay ... "Big Book of Interesting Birds from All Over The Place" is useless.) Ideally books would go into a fair amount of detail about several animals. I have an Audubon guide that helps me identify birds, for example, but then it's up to me to go read more about them, usually from many sources. (And not just after birds but mammals, insects, etc.)
As I have no background in this, I have no idea what sorts of books are even out there. I'm not even sure how to clarify more, I feel like I'm casting about. Webpages are okay, but books are even better.