A Field Guide to the Wildlife of North America
A Field Guide to the Wildlife of North America is a reference book of North American wildlife with a brief description and large full-color photograph of over 170 animals. It was written by Bryan Richard and published in 2006.
I bought this book, not just because it was on clearance and quite cheap, but also because of the beautiful photographs of each animal. I had leafed though it for years, but finally read it through cover-to-cover and finished on 2017-11-07.
I own the flexibound version and have read it.
- Over all, the book is pretty great. It's a good read and fun just to flip through.
- The large photos of each animal are very useful and much better than a long description found in many less-visual guides.
- The descriptions are full of interesting trivia for each animal.
- The side notes include size and ways to distinguish the animal from similar looking species.
- The binomial nomenclature is included for each animal.
- The descriptions seem to only focus on the more interesting facts and are far from exhaustive. Sometimes they describe how the animal winters, sometimes not; sometimes they talk about reproduction, sometimes not. No doubt, it's a matter of space constraints, but I would gladly accept a smaller font size for more information.
- With fewer than 180 animals and a range of the entire continent, it's not very useful for the average hiker or explorer, but more of a home reference book. It would have been nice to see a book for each region or state.