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Iowa Wildlife Literature

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Non-Game Technical Series

  • A Guide to the Bats of Iowa, 32pp., Christyna M. Laubach, John Bowles, and René Laubach: Out of Print
  • The Lizards and Turtles of Iowa, 20pp., J. L. Christiansen & R. M. Bailey
  • The Salamanders and Frogs of Iowa, 24pp., J. L. Christiansen & R. M. Bailey
  • The Snakes of Iowa, 16pp., J. L. Christiansen & R. M. Bailey

$2 should be sent for each publication to:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 900 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319-0034, Phone: 515/281-5918

General Field Guides

Field guide selections appropriate for beginning and experienced wildlife watchers.

Birds

  • The Audubon Society: Field Guide to North American Birds, Eastern Region; Photographs, range maps, and extensive text information about the birds’ natural history; Birds are arranged by color for beginners; Bull, J., J. Farrand, Jr., L. Hogan. 1994. Knopf. 796pp. ($19.95)
  • Birding By Ear: Eastern/Central (Petersen Field Guides); 3 audiocassettes or CDs for 91 common species,grouped by similar sound characteristics; Comes with booklet of drawings, text descriptions; Walton, R.K. & R.W. Lawson. 1999. Houghton Mifflin Audio. ($30.00)
  • A Field Guide to the Birds: Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides); Drawings using Peterson’s pioneering method of using arrows to point out key field identification marks; Peterson, R.T. 1998. 4th ed. Houghton Mifflin Co. 384pp. ($18.00)
  • A Guide to Field Identification: Birds of North America, Golden Guide; Drawings, range maps, and text descriptions for all the birds found on the continent; Robbins, C. S., B. Bruun, and H. S. Zim. 1983. Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc., Racine, Wisconsin. 360pp. (~$12.00)

Mammals

  • A Field Guide to the Mammals (Peterson Field Guides); Drawings using Peterson’s pioneering method of using arrows to point out key field identification marks; William H. Burt and Richard P. Grossenheider. 1980. 3th ed. Houghton Mifflin Co. 289pp. ($18.00)
  • Mammals of North America (Princeton Field Guides). Detailed drawings, range maps, and natural history text. Roland W. Kays and Don E. Wilson. 2002. Princeton University Press. 240pp. ($19.95)
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals. Color photos, range maps, and extensive natural history text. John O. Whitaker Jr. 1996. rev. ed. Knopf. 937pp. ($19.95)
  • Tracking & the Art of Seeing, How To Read Animal Tracks and Signs. Beautiful color photos of tracks and scat, and detailed natural history/instruction. Paul Rezendes. 1999. HarperPerennial. 336pp. ($25.00)
  • A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America. Easy to follow, drawing-based guide to tracking common mammals. James Halfpenny and Elizabeth Biesiot. 1986. Johnson Books, Boulder Co.161pp. ($14.95)
  • A Field Guide to Animal Tracks (Peterson Field Guides). Black and white line drawings of tracks, scat, and signs, natural history text. Olaus J. Murie. 1982. Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY. 375pp. ($18.00)

Amphibians and Reptiles

  • A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides). Color photos, natural history text, and detailed range maps. Conant, R. & J. T. Collins. 1998. 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin Co. 616pp. ($20.00)
  • A Key to Amphibians and Reptiles of the Continental United States and Canada. Robert Powell, Joseph T. Collins, & Errol D. Hooper, Jr. 1998. University Press of Kansas. ISBN#: 0-7006-0929-6. 150pp. ($17.95)
  • The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians. Color photos, range maps, and extensive natural history text. John L. Behler, F. Wayne King. Knopf. 743pp. ($19.95)
  • Sounds of North American Frogs - The Biological Significance of Voice in Frogs. Bogert, Charles M. 1998. Smithsonian Folkways. ($15.00)

Natural History Publications

Birds

  • Birds in Iowa; Early and late arrival/departure data. Kent, T. H. & J. J. Dinsmore. 1996. Privately published, Iowa City and Ames, 400pp. Hardbound. Available from: Thomas Kent, 211 Richards Street, Iowa City, IA 52246. ($30 plus $3.50 shipping and handling and $1.50 sales tax if mailed to Iowa).
  • The Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas. The statewide census of nesting birds. Jackson, L. S., C. A. Thomson, & J. J. Dinsmore. 1996. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, Iowa. 484pp. ($24.95)
  • Bird Feeding: Tips For Beginners and Veterans, (Publication # G3176); University of Wisconsin Extension; Available from the ISU Cooperative Extension Service. ($2.25)
  • Landscaping Plants that Attract Birds, (Publication # G1609); University of Wisconsin Extension; Available from the ISU Cooperative Extension Service. ($2.00)
  • Shelves, Houses and Feeders For Birds and Mammals, (Publication # NRC-338); North Central Regional Extension Publication; Available from the ISU Cooperative Extension Service. ($1.50)

Mammals

  • Skulls and Bones-a guide to the skeletal structures and behavior of North American mammals. Detailed line drawings of mammal skeletons. Searfoss, G. 1995. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA. 277pp. ($19.95)

Miscellaneous

  • A Guide to Nature in Winter. Stokes, D. W. 1976. Natural history of animals, plants, weather, and winter survival strategies. Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA. 374pp. ($14.95)
  • Iowa Wildlife Viewing Guide. Select locations in Iowa to view wildlife. Dinsmore, S. J., L. S. Jackson, B. L. Ehresman, & J. J. Dinsmore. 1995. Falcon Press Publishing Co., Inc., Helena and Billings, Montana. 95pp. ($8.95)
  • Landforms of Iowa. Fantastic book on the natural history of Iowa's geology. Prior, J. C. 1991. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA. 153pp. ($15.95)
  • Midwestern Ephemeral Wetlands – A Vanishing Habitat. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Available from the Center for Reptile and Amphibian Conservation and Management at herps@ipfw.edu or 219/482-5725.

Classroom Appropriate Materials

  • A Teachers Activity Booklet About… Iowa Birds; Linda R.F. Zalatel; Iowa Ornithologists Union and Iowa Conservation Education Council, Ames, IA; 1997. Elementary school level. Covers topics of: bird biology, adaptations, behaviors, nesting, bird watching, habitat, research, and rehabilitation; Send $9.50 to: Linda Zalatel, 1928 6th Street, Nevada, IA 50201.
  • Classroom BirdWatch – Teacher’s Guide, FeederWatch Module; Classroom-based bird monitoring and education. For more information go to: http://birds.cornell.edu/cfw/
    Iowa Winter Birds – Iowa Wildlife Series; Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN-602); In your school or public library, or available from the ISU Cooperative Extension Service. ($1.00)
  • Iowa’s Nesting Birds – Iowa Wildlife Series; Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN-606); In your school or public library, or available from the ISU Cooperative Extension Service. ($1.00)