The Sibley guide to trees

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Alfred A. Knopf, Sep 15, 2009 - Nature - 426 pages
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David Allen Sibley, the preeminent bird-guide author and illustrator, now applies his formidable skills of identification and illustration to the trees of North America. Monumental in scope but small enough to take into the field,The Sibley Guide toTrees is an astonishingly elegant guide to a complex subject. It condenses a huge amount of information about tree identification-more than has ever been collected in a single book-into a logical, accessible, easy-to-use format. With more than 4,100 meticulous, exquisitely detailed paintings, theGuidehighlights the often subtle similarities and distinctions between more than 600 tree species-native trees as well as many introduced species. No other guide has ever made field identification so clear. Features highlighted include: bull; leaves (including multiple leaf shapes and fall leaf color) bull; bark bull; needles bull; cones bull; flowers bull; fruit bull; twigs bull; silhouettes More than 500 maps show the complete range, both natural and cultivated, for nearly all species. Trees are arranged taxonomically, with all related species grouped together. By focusing on the fundamental characteristics of, for example, oaks or chestnuts or hickories, theGuidehelps the user recognize these basic species groups the same way birders recognize thrushes, warblers, or sparrows. In addition, there are essays on taxonomy, on the cultivation of trees, and on conservation issues, reflecting Sibley's deep concern with habitat preservation and environmental health. An important new contribution to our understanding of the natural world,The Sibley Guide to Treeswill be a necessity for every tree lover, traveler, and naturalist. It is sure to become the new benchmark in field guides to trees.

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Great tree identification and informational book.

User Review  - td01 - Overstock.com

Great book to gain information on the various species of trees. The color drawings/paintings are very good and accurate and good for identification. Book is nicely bound and sturdy. Read full review

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User Review  - Ringtail Cats - Goodreads

This guide is comprehensive (has all NA trees), which really distinguishes this book as excellent for me. There may be some alien species the book does not cover, and the ranges for the introduced ... Read full review

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David Allen Sibley began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Since 1980 he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. This intensive travel and study culminated in the publication of his comprehensive guide to bird identification, The Sibley Guide to Birds, followed by The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, Sibley’s Birding Basics, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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