Bio-Regional Field Guides for North America

NOTE: This list is not meant to inform you of Kamana resource replacements, but to inform you of resources that can supplement and/or enhance your bio-regional research.

Please help us! If you want to add to this list of resources we already have for a bio-region OR give us information for a bio-region not listed here, please email the information to: [email protected]. Thanks to the Kamana students that supplied this list.


  • Shrubs and Trees of the Southwest Deserts: Bowers and Wignail
  • Shrubs and Trees of the Southwest Uplands: Elmore and Janish
  • Plants of Arizona: Anne Epple
  • Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners: Dunmire and Tierney
  • Wild Plants of the Pueblo Province: Dunmire and Tierney
  • Flowering Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains, Coastal and Chaparral Regions of Southern California: Nancy Dale
  • Reptiles and Amphibians of New Mexico: William Degenhardt

Northwest US and Western Canada

  • Plant Technology of First Peoples in British Columbia: Nancy Turner
  • Food Plants of British Columbia Indians – Coastal Peoples: Nancy Turner
  • Food Plants of British Columbia Indians – Interior Peoples: Nancy Turner
  • Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Pojar and McKinnon
  • Northwestern Wild Berries: J.E. Underhill
  • Atlas of Oregon Wildlife: Csuti, Kimberling, and O’Neil
  • Trees to Know in Oregon: Edward Jensen
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest: Alden and Paulson
  • Weeds of the West: Tom Whitson
  • Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest: Mark Turner
  • Insects of the Pacific Northwest: Peter Haggard
  • Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest: Trudell and Ammirati
  • Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest: WAS Instructor David Moskowitz
  • Northwest Trees: Identifying and Understanding the Region’s Native Trees: Arno and Hammerly

General Eastern

NOTE: This list is sparse. Part of the reason for this is because our required resources cover most of these guides.

  • Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of North America-Eastern Region: Fred Alsop III


  • Field Guide to Coastal Wetlands Plants of the Southeastern United States: Ralph Tiner
  • Seaside. Plants of the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts: Duncan and Duncan
  • Louisiana Conservationist Magazine: LA Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Native Trees of the Southeast; An Identification Guide: Kirman, Brown, and Leopold
  • Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Louisiana: Allen, Newman, and Winter
  • Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildflowers: Miller and Miller
  • A Guide to Moist-Soil Wetland Plants of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Michael Schummer
  • Wildflowers of the Coastal Plain: Ralph Neyland
  • Louisiana Wildflower Guide: Allen, Wilson, and Winters
  • Southeast Foraging: Chris Bennett
  • Edible Plants of the Gulf South: Allen and Winters
  • Turtles of the Southeast: Buhlmann, Tuberville, and Gibbons
  • Lizards and Crocodilians of the Southeast: Gibbons, Greene, and Mills
  • Frogs and Toads of the Southeast: Dorcas and Gibbons
  • Snakes of the Southeast: Gibbons and Dorcas
  • Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana: Boundy and Car
  • Butterflies of Louisiana: Marks


  • Flora of Glacier National Park: Paul Carpenter Standley
  • Colorado Flora – Western Slope: Weber and Whitman
  • Central Rocky Mountain Wildflowers: H. Wayne Phillips
  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rockies: Linda Kershaw
  • The Guide to Colorado Birds: Mary Taylor Gray
  • Bagging Big Bugs: How to Identify, Collect and Display the Largest and Most Colorful Insects of the Rocky Mountain Region: Cranshaw and Knodratieff, ISBN 1555911781
  • Mammals of Colorado: Fitzgerald, ISBN 0870813331
  • Mammals of the Rocky Mountains: Fisher, Pattie, and Hartson
  • Edible Native Plants of the Rocky Mountains: HD Harrington
  • Guide to Colorado Wildflowers: Guennel, Volume 1: ISBN 1565791185 and Volume 2: ISBN 1565791193
  • Rocky Mountain Flower Finder: Janet Wingate, ISBN 0912550201
  • Best-Tasting Plants of Colorado and the Rockies: “Cattail” Bob Seebeck, ISBN 1565792750
  • Grassland to Glacier: Mutel and Emerick ISBN 1555660894
  • Sagebrush Country: A Wildflower Sanctuary: Ronald Taylor
  • Idaho Mountain Wildflowers: A. Scott Earle
  • Plants of the Rocky Mountains: Kershaw, MacKinnon, Pojar
  • Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary: Harris and Harris
  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West: Gregory Tilford
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