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The forest is a great place to get some exercise while getting away from life’s hectic pace. It’s also a great place to learn about the world around us and to appreciate wildlife and plant life. Here are some inexpensive field guides you might find useful as you explore the forest.

“Critters of Maine”

Adventure Publications


Produced in conjunction with Wildlife Forever and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, “Critters of Maine” is a succinct, 128-page full-color pocket guide that features photos of Maine’s most abundant wildlife. Each entry features a color photo, trivia, and basic information about an animal’s size, habitat, diet, mating season, nesting habits, predators, tracks, and whether the animal is nocturnal, diurnal, or crepuscular. The guide features 21 mammals, 24 birds, and five “other critters.”

“Scats and Tracks of the Northeast”

Falcon Guide


This 150-page guide features descriptions and illustrations of tracks and scats of 70 wildlife species you can find in the Northeast. Each entry is two pages and has a description of the species, its track, trail, scat, habitat, and other signs to look for in the environment. Illustrations show what a species’ track looks like when the species is walking, ambling, running, bounding, trotting, loping, galloping, pronking, or hopping. Maps show where in the Northeast you’re most likely to find a particular species. Measurements for tracks are also given.

“First Field Guide: Birds”

National Audubon Society



Featuring full-page color photos of the most common birds in North America, this 160-page guide also features photos of lookalike birds. Each entry includes brief descriptions of each bird’s physique and calls. Each bird’s range and habitat are also listed. The beginning of the guide has tutorials on how birds are named, avian anatomy, how birds fly and migrate, where they lay their eggs, how young birds are brought up, why birds come in so many different colors, the usefulness of various beak styles, why birds sing, and more.

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