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Trees of Illinois Field Guide (Tree Identification Guides)

By Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications Inc.
Paperback (272 pages)

Trees of Illinois Field Guide (Tree Identification Guides)
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Trees are all around, but how much do you know about them? With this famous field guide by award-winning author and naturalist Stan Tekiela, you can make tree identification simple, informative and productive. Learn about 124 Illinois trees, organized in the book by leaf type and attachment. Fact-filled information contains the particulars that you want to know, while full-page photos provide the visual detail needed for accurate identification. Trees are fascinating and wonderful, and this is the perfect introduction to them.

Oddball Illinois: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places (Oddball series)

By Jerome Pohlen

Chicago Review Press
Released: 2012-05-01
Paperback (400 pages)

Oddball Illinois: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places (Oddball series)
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There is more to Illinois than cornfields, corrupt politicians, and the Cubs! The Land of Lincoln is filled with fascinating people, one-of-a-kind places, and things with unique and bizarre histories. Forget about quaint small town bed-and-breakfasts and crowded Chicago nightclubs—Oddball Illinois, now fully updated and expanded, takes you to the places you really want to go. See:

 

  • Henry’s Rabbit Ranch
  • America’s One and Only Hippie Memorial
  • World’s First Jungle Gym
  • Popeye’s Hometown
  • The Leather Archives and Museum
  • General Santa Ana’s two wooden legs
  • World’s Largest Sock Monkey
  • Scarlett O’Hara’s green drapes
  • The Friendship Shoe Fence
  • And many, many more sites

 This book belongs in your glove box—you never know when you’ll be in range of an oddball adventure!

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest (Kaufman Field Guides)

By Kenn Kaufman & Jeff Sayre

Houghton Mifflin Peterson Books
Paperback (416 pages)

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest (Kaufman Field Guides)
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The only field guide to bring along to identify the birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, mushrooms, ferns, rocks, and sky of the Midwest

Even if we focus on certain things in the outdoors, most of us are curious about everything else that might turn up. Serious birders, botanists, and entomologists all have their specialized guides, but this book is the guide to “everything else"—the one guide to take when you go out for a walk. Wow, that’s a cool-looking mushroom. Wonder what it is. Hey, look at that weird insect.

Birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, mushrooms, ferns, grasses, even constellations overhead and rocks underfoot—it’s all here. With authoritative yet broad coverage, nontechnical language, and more than two thousand color photographs, this book is an essential reference for nature lovers living in or visiting Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (Field-To-Kitchen Guides)

By Joe McFarland

University of Illinois Press
Paperback (232 pages)

Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (Field-To-Kitchen Guides)
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Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred gorgeous full-color photos, this engaging guidebook carefully describes forty different edible species of wild mushrooms found around Illinois and surrounding states, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. With conversational and witty prose, the book provides extensive detail on each edible species, including photographs of potential look-alikes to help you safely identify and avoid poisonous species. Mushroom lovers from Chicago to Cairo will find their favorite local varieties, including morels, chanterelles, boletes, puffballs, and many others. Veteran mushroom hunters Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller also impart their wisdom about the best times and places to find these hidden gems.

Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States also offers practical advice on preparing, storing, drying, and cooking with wild mushrooms, presenting more than two dozen tantalizing mushroom recipes from some of the best restaurants and chefs in Illinois, including one of Food & Wine magazine's top 10 new chefs of 2007. Recipes include classics like Beer Battered Morels, Parasol Mushroom Frittatas, and even the highly improbable (yet delectable) Morel Tiramisu for dessert.

As the first new book about Illinois mushrooms in more than eighty years, this is the guide that mushroom hunters and cooks have been craving.

Visit the book's companion website at www.illinoismushrooms.com.

Birds of Illinois Field Guide

By Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications Inc.
Black Paperback (288 pages)

Birds of Illinois Field Guide
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  • Birds of Illinois Field Guide
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Make bird watching in Illinois even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in Illinois. This book features 111 species of Illinois birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps, and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see.

Illinois Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Illinois

By James Kavanagh

Waterford Press
Released: 2017-11-20
Pamphlet (2 pages)

Illinois Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Illinois
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The Illinois Nature Set offers the best in wildlife and plant identification for The Prairie State. The set includes three Pocket Naturalist Guides to Illinois, Trees & Wildflowers, Birds, and Wildlife, and is attractively packaged in an acetate bag. The beautifully illustrated folding guides highlight well over 300 familiar and unique species and include ecoregion maps featuring prominent wildlife-viewing areas and botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, Pocket Naturalist Guides are lightweight, pocket-sized sources of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike. Made in the USA.www.waterfordpress.com

Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide

By Michael Jeffords & James R. Wiker

Illinois Natural History Survey
Released: 2019-03-16
Paperback (440 pages)

Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide
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Prairie spaces and abundant wildflowers make Illinois an amateur lepidopterist's delight. Butterflies of Illinois offers a portable, easy-to-use guide rich with descriptions, field photography, and life-sized specimen photos of all the state's native species. It also includes:• identification quick guides depicting the tops and undersides of all butterfly species• scientific information and photos that explain life cycles, habitats, and ecology• range maps• flight period charts• key characteristics relevant to field identification• descriptions of rarely seen butterflies and irregular visitors from nearby states• supplemental information on various species, including collection records and unusual sightings Geared toward enthusiasts and experts alike, Butterflies of Illinois is a must-have companion for any nature hike or garden walk.

Cemeteries of Illinois: A Field Guide to Markers, Monuments, and Motifs

By Hal Hassen

University of Illinois Press
Paperback (208 pages)

Cemeteries of Illinois: A Field Guide to Markers, Monuments, and Motifs
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Illinois is home to cemeteries and burial grounds dating back to the Native American era. Whether sprawling over thousands of acres or dotting remote woodlands, these treasure troves of local and state history reflect two centuries of social, economic, and technological change. This easy-to-use guidebook invites amateur genealogists, historians, and cemetery buffs to decipher the symbols and uncover the fascinating past awaiting them in Illinois 's resting places. Hal Hassen and Dawn Cobb have combined almost three hundred photographs with expert detail to showcase how cemeteries and burial grounds can teach us about archaeology, folklore, art, geology, and social behavior. Features include
  • the ways different materials used as gravestones and markers reflect historical trends;
  • how to understanding the changes in the use of iconographic images;
  • the story behind architectural features like fencing, roads, and gates;
  • what enthusiasts can do to preserve local cemeteries for future generations.
Captivating and informed, Cemeteries of Illinois is the only guide you need to unlock the mysteries of our state 's final resting places.

Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms (Mushroom Guides)

By Teresa Marrone

Adventure Publications Inc.
Paperback (288 pages)

Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms (Mushroom Guides)
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  • Mushrooms of the Midwest Field Guide
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Hundreds of full-color photos with easy-to-understand text make this a great visual guide to learning about nearly 400 species of common wild mushrooms found in the Upper Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The species (from Morel Mushrooms to Shelf Mushrooms) are organized by shape, then by color, so you can identify them by their visual characteristics. Plus, with the Top Edibles and Top Toxics sections, you'll begin to learn which are the edible wild mushrooms. The information in the book, written by Teresa Marrone and Kathy Yerich, is accessible to beginners but useful for even experienced mushroom seekers.

The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places

By Marilyn J. Chiat

Brand: Hidden Spring
Paperback (368 pages)

The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places
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The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois is a unique guidebook. It introduces hundreds of churches, synagogues, mosques, meetinghouses, Buddhist meditation centers and Hindu temples, as well as retreat centers of various religious traditions. It lists landmarks that rank among America's finest works of architecture and contain treasures of spiritual art and history. It describes numerous beautiful gardens, parks, cemeteries, and other peaceful places, as well as the natural beauty of the land between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Introductory chapters recount the spiritual history of Illinois, offer an overview of many faith traditions, and explain its sacred architecture.

Written for readers and seekers of every faith or none, The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois reveals the stories behind these extraordinary sites and places of spiritual power and takes you to the heart and soul of this ancient land.



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