Winter, spring, summer, or fall, I enjoy identifying the animals, plants, and fungi (mostly mushrooms) I encounter as I walk (or jog or bike) around. Here are some of the field guides I use. Please note that earlier editions of the series "Kaufman Field Guide to ..." have alternate titles. You can find them in the library catalog by searching for the author(s).
By Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson
"In celebration of the centennial of Roger Tory Peterson's birth comes a historic collaboration among renowned birding experts and artists to preserve and enhance the Peterson legacy. This new book combines the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and the Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds in one volume, filled with accessible, concise information and including almost three hours of video podcasts to make bird watching even easier."
An excellent field guide. Lincoff includes "look-alike" species, with descriptions to help tell them apart. Very reassuring for the beginner.
Enables birders to recognize birds of eastern and central North America by their songs and calls. Points out exactly what to listen for to tell one bird from another. Available on both cassette and CD.