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Recommended Books
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TxMN reading recommendations Texas Master Naturalist Reading Recommendations Michelle Haggerty, TxMN State Coordinator
Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines Published by the Noble Foundation. 
This publication is a comprehensive reference book on the diverse woody plant flora of Southern Oklahoma and North Texas region. This book is ideal for farmers, ranchers, wildlife and plant enthusiasts, and other landowners who have a need to identify trees, shrubs and woody vines. This 138-page, full-color pictorial guide enables the reader to easily and accurately identify woody plants in the area. Authors: Stevens, R., Coffey, C. (book; 138 pp.)
Randy Moore
Grasses of Southern Oklahoma and North Texas Published by the Noble Foundation.
A comprehensive reference book on grasses in the southern Oklahoma and North Texas region, this publication is ideal for farmers, ranchers, wildlife enthusiasts and other landowners who have a need to identify grasses. This 120-page, full-color book can be used to easily and accurately identify grasses in the area. Authors: Coffey, C., Stevens, R. (book; 120 pp.)
Randy Moore
Field Guide to Native Oaks Species of Eastern North America FHTET-2003-01
Difficult to find, but well worth the effort.  Published by the USDA Forest Service. Includes the oak trees of Texas and shows the counties where they have been identified.  Shows pictures of leaves, etc. and a description.
Richard Danner
Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas ISBN 1-889878-01-4, ISSN 0833-1475
A large book that is the bible for flora in North Central Texas. “A collaborative project of the Austin College Center for Environmental Studies and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas to produce illustrative floristic treatments designed to be useful to both botanical specialists and a more general public.”  The link at left will tell you more about the book, how to look at the on-line version and how to order a copy.
Richard Danner
Animal Tracks of Texas ISBN-10-55105-248-2
Concise descriptions of the animals and their tracks are combined with detailed drawings of the front and back prints, stride patterns and other important identifying aspects. Each animal is captured in accurate black-and-white illustrations, including pattern and print comparisons. A perfect guide for teachers, parents, hikers and urban adventurers.
Richard Danner
A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects ISBN 0-87719-263-4

Meet the wild world of common Texas insects with this colorful and thorough introduction. Now you can identify that critter that just crawled under your bed or landed in your backyard. This extensive guide is packed with 384 color photos, thousands of facts and figures and dozens of illustrations. Discover more about the most common and diverse animals in the state and on the planet. From Ants to Zopherus nodulosus haldemani (the ironclad beetle), this field guide gives you an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Texas insects.
Richard Danner

Insects: Revised and Updated (Golden Guide)


ISBN 1-58238-129-1
This handy guide to the most common, important and showy North American insects will help the novice begin a fascinating study. Includes:
A key to insect groups
Mature and immature forms
How insects grow and develop and what they eat
How to find and observe them
Full color pictures, nontechnical language, and up-to-date range maps make this a gem of a guide for beginners at any age.
Richard Danner


ISBN 1-58238-156-9
This introduction to the diverse yet little known world of spiders is packed with concise, accurate information. With full-color pictures and readable text, this guide identifies representative species and describes:
Their characteristics and habits
Growth, courtship and enemies
Where they are found
Includes information on poisonous species and how to collect, preserve, and raise spiders.
Richard Danner

Reptiles and Amphibians: Revised and Updated (Golden Guide)


ISBN 1-58238-131-3
This guide to the snakes, frogs, turtles, and salamanders of North America aids in the identification of 212 species. Learn:· How to tell the difference between reptiles and amphibians· How and where to find them

· How to separate fact from fable

Reptiles and Amphibians Includes full-color illustrations, up-to-date range maps, and a host of fascinating facts about these interesting and unusual animals.

Using clear text and detailed illustrations, Golden Guides from St. Martin’s Press present accurate information in a handy format for the beginner to the expert. These guides focus on what your students are really going to see. They are easy to use: detailed, full-color illustrations, text, and maps are all in one place. They are easy to understand: accurate, accessible information is simplified without being misrepresented. They are authoritative, containing up-to-date information written experts and checked by specialists. And they are portable: handy and lightweight, designed to fit in a pocket and be carried anywhere.

Richard Danner


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