scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Trees, How to Identify Trees
Jeff Menaker (belay@PIKEONLINE.NET
Thu Mar 09 2000 - 22:05:52 CST
Someone asked about tree guides. Below is a list of some of the field
guides i have have experiences with.
1- Michigan Trees, Burton V Barnes and Warren H Wagner, JR. --
University of Michigan press
this was actually our textbook for a dendrology course at Penn
state. It has an excellent summer and winter dichotomous key for
identifying, also includes sketches of leaf, twig, bud, fruit, and pith.
Does not have photos. No drawings of overall tree, no discussion on
silhouettes... does have good intro info on parts to use for keying.
But since it's written for michigan, it does not have all of the trees
found in this area (Eastern Pocono Plateau).
2- Audubon Eastern Trees (I think... the book is at my parents house).
Good photos, little information. Book is designed for someone to flip
through and find the picture. It does attempt a very simplified keying
based on leaf structure and fruiting/non-fruiting. phtoos and tree
descriptions are not together.
3 - Peterson's Guide (Eastern Forests, i think)- Good drawings, but also
lacks on the dichotomous key.. more designed for the flip method.
Offers information with the drawings, (easy to find).
4- Treefinder -- very small, maybe 50 pages... have flipped through it,
have preferred my other field guides so have no experience with this
5- Golden Guide -- the golden series is very introductory, don't know
the tree specifically.
6 - Trees of Eastern and Central United States and Canada - William
Harlow. This book I haven't used either, but it has been recommended
several times by my boss for providing not only identification but also
usage and trivia about the trees. Paperback book, a little bigger than
the golden guides, but not as big as a peterson's guide.
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