NATIVE PLANTS OF THE SOUTHEAST
By Larry Mellichamp
This is one of our go to books for native plants in our area. There are similar books for different geographic areas of the US.
The book describes 450 native grasses, trees, shrubs, vines, ferns and mosses, wildflowers and even bog plants.
Each plant is rated on a 4 star scale with 4 stars being outstanding for your garden and 1 star just ok.
The book doe not assess each plant’s value to wildlife which would be helpful. The photos don’t always align with the text making them hard to match.
Where to Buy: Amazon (we do not get paid to recommend this book) 4.5 star rating with 73 ratings
THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS: MY ADVENTURES WITH THE WORLD’S MOST MISUNDERSTOOD MAMMALS
By Merlin Tuttle
We first heard of Merlin Tuttle when we read his book about bats and his crazy adventures. The book is a fascinating read about one man’s personal journey to save bats around the world and what he did to study them, protect them and photograph them.
It truly is one of the best resource books we’ve seen and we highly recommend it to all of our friends. But wait, there’s more. We contacted Merlin to thank him for his excellent work. And that led us to flying out to Austin to spend a weekend with Merlin and his wife Paula, observing bats in downtown Austin and at Bracken Cave where 15 million bats emerge every night during the summer. A mind blowing experience.
So if you want to learn more about bats and read a wild adventure story at the same time, get his book! You will not be sorry.
Where to Buy: Amazon (we are not paid to recommend this book) 5 star rating with 110 ratings
KEEPING A NATURE JOURNAL
By Clare Walker Leslie & Charles E. Roth
One of the best ways to see the natural world is to get outside and be curious. This book teaches you how to record, in a fun way, your observations through drawing. It covers the four seasons, different journaling styles, how to get started and even how to teach nature journaling to kids.
GARDENING FOR THE BIRDS: HOW TO CREATE A BIRD-FRIENDLY BACKYARD
By George Adams
We find this book a very helpful as a resource for buying specific plants birds like for food and nesting, tips for building and installing a bird house, setting up a garden pond and lots more.
There is a plant directory describing what bird, and other wildlife, is attracted to each plant. Also included is a chapter on each bird species, their migratory patterns, feeding habits and where they nest which is very cool.
Where to Buy: Amazon (we do not get paid to recommend this book) 4.5 star rating with 30 ratings