This list will help you determine what resources you will need for each level of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program. Please read it carefully, as there are some helpful hints within…
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IMPORTANT: Where given options, be sure to choose books for your own bioregion. For example, if you live in California, choose Western bird guides, and if you are exploring Kamana Four and live in New Mexico, your best choice of forest guides is Peterson Field Guides: Rocky Mountain & Southwest Forests. For students outside of North America, checkwww.kamana.org for recommendations.
Note: The “recommended” Kamana books at the end of this list will enhance your learning experience.
Kamana One Required
Readers Digest: North America Wildlife
Seeing Through Native Eyes: Understanding the Language of Nature, CD set by Jon Young
Kamana Two Required
Nature Awareness Trail…
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message, by Jake Swamp
Ingwe, by Ingwe
Spirit of the Leopard CDs, by Ingwe
Peterson Field Guides: Mammals, by Fiona Reid
Peterson Field Guides: Venomous Animals & Poisonous Plants, by Steven Foster & Roger Caras
Peterson Field Guides: Animal Tracks, by Olaus Murie and Mark Elbroch
Note: Mammal Tracks & Sign, by Mark Elbroch will also cover this need
The Birder’s Handbook, by Erlich, Dobson & Wheye
Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Birds, by Roger Tory Peterson
Peterson Field Guides: Western Birds, by Roger Tory Peterson
Peterson Field Guides: Birds of Texas, by Roger Tory Peterson
Peterson Field Guides: Birds of North America, by Roger Tory Peterson
Sibley Field Guide: Birds Eastern, by David Allen Sibley
Sibley Field Guide: Birds Western, by David Allen Sibley
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, by Lawrence Newcomb
Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers Northeastern/North-Central, by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny
Peterson Field Guides: Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, by John J. and Frank C. Craighead, and Ray J. Davis
Peterson Field Guides: Southwestern & Texas Wildflowers, by Theodore F. Niehaus
Peterson Field Guides: Pacific States Wildflowers, by Theodore F. Niehaus
Note: If you live in the Northwest, an alternative for PFG: Pacific State Wildflowers is Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, BC & Alaska, by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon
Audubon Field Guide to Trees: Eastern, by Elbert L. Little
Audubon Field Guide to Trees: Western, by Elbert L. Little
Golden Guides: Reptiles & Amphibians, by Hobart Smith & Herbert S. Zim*
Golden Guides: Pond Life, by George K. Reid*
Golden Guides: Insects, by Herbert Spencer Zim & Clarence Cottam*
*Note: If you already have more detailed versions of these guides, they are optional
Kamana Three Required
Botany in a Day, by Tom Elpel
Skulls and Bones: A Guide to the Skeletal Structures and Behavior of North American Mammals, by Glenn Searfoss
Golden Guides: Bird Life, by Stephen W. Kress
Note: Helpful in that it illustrates bird calls. If budgeting, not absolutely essential.
Golden Guides: Weather, by Paul Lehr
Note: Not necessary if you already have a weather book or guide.
Peterson Field Guides: Edible Wild Plants, by Lee Peterson and Roger Tory Peterson
Note: Not necessary if you already have a local wild-edible guide.
Peterson Field Guides: Medicinal Plants & Herbs Eastern, by Steven Foster & James A. Duke
Peterson Field Guides: Medicinal Plants & Herbs Western, by Steven Foster & Christopher Hobbs
Kamana Four Required
Stokes Guide to Animal Tracking, by Donald W. Stoke and Lillian Q. Stokes
Note: This book is really great, though it is not essential if you are on a tight budget.
Stokes: Field Guide to Bird Songs, Western, CDs by Kevin J. Colver with Donald and Lillian Stokes
Stokes: Field Guide to Bird Songs, Eastern, CDs by Donald and Lillian Stokes and Lang Elliott
Peterson Field Guides: Reptiles & Amphibians, Eastern, by Roger Conant and Joseph Collins
Peterson Field Guides: Reptiles & Amphibians, Western, by Robert C. Stebbins
Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Forests, by John Kricher and Gordon Morrison
Peterson Field Guides: California & Pacific Northwest Forests, by John Kricher and Gordon Morrison
Peterson Field Guides: Rocky Mountain & Southwest Forests, by John Kricher and Gordon Morrison
Kamana Recommended Books and CD’s
These resources are highly recommended for the Kamana student’s growing library:
Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature: For Kids of All Ages and their Mentors, by Jon Young, Ellen Haas and Evan McGown
Advanced Bird Language: Reading the Concentric Rings of Nature, CD set by Jon Young
National Audubon Society regional field guides
Note: These guides are excellent if they have one for your bioregion. (We carry the NAS Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States.) They will be especially helpful for family journals in Kamana Three.
Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species, by Mark Elbroch
The Tracker, by Tom Brown, Jr.
Jungle Lore, by Jim Corbett
Note: We no longer carry Jungle Lore, but you can find it through other online bookstores or the publisher, Oxford University Press.
Also, please check out any of the other resources recommended in our Tracking Section!