Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Reptiles & Amphibians

December 26, 2008

I sit here at my computer listening to a recording of frog and toad sounds. H gifted me a field guide and accompanying CD of Minnesota reptiles and amphibians. This rounds out my collection of Tekiela’s field guides. Hopefully, this CD will resolve the disagreements H and I have about whether the noises we hear while camping are birds or frogs (or something else).

I usually ignore reptiles and amphibians, because I think they’re gross, but this book and CD should help open my mind.

Tekiela’s Field Guides

December 11, 2008

With the gift-giving season upon us, Stan Tekiela’s field guides are a good choice for budding naturalists. I personally own the Minnesota versions of Birds of Prey, Mammals, Trees, and Wildflowers. I also have the Birds field guide and its companion CD of bird songs. Matching the song to the plumage is a good time, and requisite if you want to get into birding.

These field guides are great because they have just the right amount of information without overwhelming you, and the photography is stunning! Some of the reviews on amazon.com are negative, saying Tekiela’s guides are too basic. But if you’re a novice like myself, basic is what you want!

Looking Forward to Spring

December 3, 2008
Hoping that the sage and rosemary make it through the winter indoors

Hoping that the sage and rosemary make it through the winter indoors

I am already looking forward to spring. I know, I know—winter is not even here yet. But next year I plan to convert areas of grass (weeds, really) to gardens with flowers, herbs, and berries. I’ll be spending time this winter strategizing with the book Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota. Gardening is a lot of work, so I’ll be taking it one step at a time, starting with the sunniest patch in the yard.