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Books on Wildlife of San Francisco Bay Area

Mammals


Mammals of California
(California Natural History Guides)(Paperback)
by E. W., Jr. Jameson (Author), Hans J. Peeters (Author)

Kaufman Field Guide to Mammals of North America
(Kaufman Field Guides) (Paperback)
by Kenn Kaufman, Rick Bowers, Nora Bowers

Marine Mammals of California New and Revised edition (California Natural History Guides, 29)
(Paperback)
by Robert T. Orr (Author), Roger C. Helm (Author), Jacqueline Schoenwald (Author)

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Sarah G. Allen (Author), Joe Mortenson (Author), Sophie Webb (Author)

Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast States
(Paperback)
by James Halfpenny

Birds


Birds of San Francisco and the Bay Area
(City Bird Guides) (Paperback)
by Joseph Morlan (Author), Chris C. Fisher (Illustrator), Gary Ross (Author), Ewa Pluciennik (Author)

Great beginners book. Covers 120 of the most common species found in the Bay Area.

San Francisco Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Bay Area Species
(Pocket Naturalist Guide Series) (Pamphlet)
by James Kavanagh (Author), Raymond Leung (Illustrator)

Waterproof, lightweight. Covers 140 common species found in the Bay Area.

Birds of Napa County
(Paperback)
by Hermann Heinzel


Bay Area Birds
by David Lukas

Comprehensive guide to the life history, status, and distribution of birds of the Bay area. Complements an illustrated field guide. This is not an identification guide.

Birds of Northern California
(Paperback)
by David Fix (Author), Andy Bezener (Author)

Great user reviews on Amazon

National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: California
by Mel Baughman (Editor)

Does not cover all the birds of California but is good for beginners.

Birds of Central and Northern California
(Pamphlet - folding, waterproof)
by Greg R. Homel

Good for beginners, based on photographs of 130 species

An Introduction to Northern California Birds
(Paperback)
by Herbert Clarke

Good for beginners, based on photographs of 200 species

Birds of California Field Guide
(Our Nature Field Guides) (Paperback)
by Stan Tekiela
For beginning birders.
California Birds
(Laminated, folding guide)
by James Kavanagh

Backyard Birds of California: How to Identify and Attract the Top 25 Birds Paperback
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Bill Fenimore


Raptors of California
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Hans Peeters

Bay Area author.

Field Guide to Owls of California and the West
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Hans Peeters, Pam Peeters

Bay Area author. Recent book - Oct 2007.

Birding


Birding Northern California
(Paperback)
by John Kemper

This is a guide to birding locations, NOT an identification guide. It helps a lot in planning trips and being prepared ahead of time.


Birding at the Bottom of the Bay
Compiled and published by the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
Includes over 50 sites in and around Santa Clara valley

Birds - Comprehensive Guides for Western North America


The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
by David Sibley (Author, Illustrator)

A bit heavy to lug into the field but one of the best and most popular guides.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
by Roger Tory Peterson

An old favorite and still loved by many. Lighter and smaller than the Sibley guide.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America
by Jon L. Dunn


National Audubon Society Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
by Roger Tory Peterson

An old favorite and still loved by many. Lighter and smaller than the Sibley guide.

Reptiles and Amphibians


A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians
(Peterson Field Guides(R)) (Paperback)
by Robert C. Stebbins

The classic field guide for Western USA

A Field Guide to Snakes of California
(Gulf's Field Guide) (Paperback)
by Philip Brown

Fish


Fishes of the Pacific Coast: Alaska to Peru
(Paperback)
by Gar Goodson

Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes
(Paperback)
by Daniel W. Gotshall

A Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes : North America
(Peterson Field Guides) (Paperback)
by William N. Eschmeyer, Earl S. Herald


Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of California
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Samuel M. McGinnis (Author), Doris Alcorn (Illustrator)


Sharks and Rays of the Pacific Coast
(Monterey Bay Aquarium Natural History Series) [Paperback]
by Ava Ferguson (Author), Gregor Cailliet (Author), Monterey Bay Aquarium (Corporate Author)

Sharks, Rays, and Chiaeras of California
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by David Ebert (Author), Mathew D. Squillante (Illustrator)

The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks
by Susan Casey

Insects


California Insects
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Jerry A. Powell

Older book but more complete information.

Bugs of Northern California
(Paperback)
by John Acorn (Author), Ian Sheldon (Illustrator)

Good beginner's guide.

Field Guide to Beetles of California
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Arthur V. Evans, James N. Hogue

Field Guide to the Common Bees of California: Including Bees of the Western United States
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Gretchen LeBuhn (Author), Noel Badges Pugh (Illustrator)

Mac's Field Guide to California Garden Bugs
(Mac's Guides (Charts)) (Misc. Supplies)
by Craig MacGowan

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
(Kaufman Field Guide Series) (Turtleback)
by Kenn Kaufma and Eric R. Eaton

Good photo-based illustrations.


National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America
(Paperback)
by Arthur V. Evans
Highly rated

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders
(National Audubon Society Field Guides) (Imitation Leather)
Illustrated with photogrqphs

Butterflies and Moths


Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Arthur M. Shapiro (Author), Timothy D. Manolis (Illustrator)

California Butterflies & Moths: An Introduction to Familiar Species
(Pocket Naturalist - Waterford Press) (Paperback)
by James Kavanagh (Author), Raymond Leung (Illustrator)

Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides) [Paperback]
by Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman

Butterflies through Binoculars: The West A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Western North America
(Butterflies and Others Through Binoculars Field Guide Series.) (Paperback)
by Jeffrey Glassberg (Author)

Good user reviews.

Moths of Western North America
(Hardcover), to be released in May 2009
by Jerry A. Powell, Paul A. Opler

Dragonflies and Damselflies


Dragonflies and Damselflies of California
(Paperback)
by Timothy D. Manolis

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
(Princeton Field Guides) [Paperback]
Dennis Paulson (Author)

Dragonflies of California and Common Dragonflies of the Southwest
(Mass Market Paperback)
by Kathy Biggs

Common Dragonflies of California A Beginner's Pocket Guide
by Kathy Biggs
The 100 most common dragonflies and damselflies found in California

Spiders


Field Guide to the Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Richard J. Adams (Author), Timothy D. Manolis (Illustrator)
New (2014) guide from U C Press.

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America
(Paperback)
by Arthur V. Evans
Highly rated

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders
(National Audubon Society Field Guides) (Imitation Leather)
Illustrated with photogrqphs

Marine and Seashore Life


California Seashore Life: An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals
(Pocket Naturalist - Waterford Press) (Laminated, folding guide)
by James Kavanagh

Whale Watching and Tidepools: A Guide to California Marine Life
(California Traveler Guidebooks) [Pamphlet]
by Gregory Lee (Author), Jenny Lee (Author)

Natural History of San Francisco Bay
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto (Author), Kathleen M. Wong (Author)

Down by the Bay: San Francisco's History between the Tides
(Hardcover and Kindle)
by Matthew Morse Booker

San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide: A State Coastal Conservancy Book: Access Maps to the entire San Francisco Bay Trail
(Paperback)
by by State Coastal Conservancy

Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast: An Illustrated Guide to Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia
(Paperback)
by Eugene N. Kozloff

Marine Mammals of California New and Revised edition (California Natural History Guides, 29)
(Paperback)
by Robert T. Orr (Author), Roger C. Helm (Author), Jacqueline Schoenwald (Author)

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Sarah G. Allen (Author), Joe Mortenson (Author), Sophie Webb (Author)

General Wildlife


California Wildlife: An Introduction to Familiar Species
(Pocket Naturalist - Waterford Press) (Laminated, folding guide)
by James Kavanagh

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California
(Turtleback)
by Peter Alden, Fred Heath, Amy Leventer, Richard Keen, Wendy B. Zomlefer

Foghorn Outdoors: California Wildlife
(Paperback)
by Tom Stienstra (Author), Paul B. Johnson (Illustrator)

Tom writes an outdoor column in the SF Chronicle. Read the book review on Amazon.com.

California Wildlife Viewing Guide
(Wildlife Viewing Guides Series) (Paperback)
by Jeanne L. Clark

Detailed guide to many great locations, although a bit out of date. Worth the inexpensive price for a used book.

Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Mark Elbroch, Michael Raymond Kresky, Jonah Wy Evans

Regional Guides for specific parks or regions


Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula
(California Natural History Guides) Paperback
by Jules Evens

Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore & Surrounding Area
Paperback
by Jessica Lage

Exploring Point Reyes: A Guide to Point Reyes National Seashore
(Tetra) Paperback
by Arnot & Monroe

Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area
(Exploring Series) Paperback
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre

Mount Tamalpais/Point Reyes (Trails Illustrated Map # 266)
(National Geographic Maps: Trails Illustrated) Folded Map, July 15, 2011
by National Geographic Maps

Point Reyes National Seashore and West Marin Parklands
Folded Map
by Wilderness Press

A Visitor's Guide to Angel Island State Park
by Michael Hanrahan

A Visitor's Guide to China Camp State Park
by Michael Hanrahan

A Visitor's Guide to Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods State Park
by Michael Hanrahan

The Complete Guide to Wilder Ranch State Park
(Paperback)
by Eric Henze
101 Hikes
101 Great Hikes Above Silicon Valley: Pre-planned trail adventures for all ability levels of hikers, runners, bikers, horses...and even dogs
by Miriam Nuney

Illustrated Guide to Common Animals of the East Bay Hills
by UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Available at the Garden Shop for $8.95 or by phone 510-644-9807 for $12

Nature and Travel


Room to Breathe: The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula
(Paperback)
by Ken Fisher (Foreword), Steve Abbors (Preface), Kristi Britt (Editor)
A book of photos, paintings, and poetry depicting the natural beauty and diversity of nature in the San Francisco peninsula.

Northern California Nature Weekends: Fifty-Two Adventures In Nature
(Nature Weekend Series) Paperback
by Jeanne Clark (Author), Bob Garrison (Author)
A seasonal guide - when and where to go.

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year--Northern California: A Month by Month Guide to Natural Events
(Paperback)
by Bill McMillon

A Natural History of California
(California Natural History Guides) (Paperback)
by Allan A. Schoenherr

Wildlife Gardening


The California Wildlife Habitat Garden: How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals
Paperback
by Nancy Bauer (Author)
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