Books: PNW

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Books marked with a ✔ we have in our library.

General natural history books for the Pacific Northwest
Animal Tracks of Washington and Oregon by Ian Sheldon
Atlas of Oregon Wildlife: Distribution, Habitat, and Natural History by Blair Csuti, Thomas A. O’Neil, Margaret M. Shaughnessy, Eleanor P. Gaines, and John C. Hak
Cascade-Olympic Natural History : A Trailside Reference by Daniel Mathews
Exploring the Tualatin River Basin by Susan Peter, Shirley Ewart, and Barbara Schaffner
A Field Guide to California and Pacific Northwest Forests by John C. Kricher
Field Guide to the Cascades & Olympics by Stephen Whitney and Rob Sandelin
Field Guide to Urban Wildlife: Common Animals of Cities & Suburbs How They Adapt & Thrive by Julie Feinstein
A Forest in the City: Your Guide to Tryon Creek State Park by Friends of Tryon Creek
Great Northwest Nature Factbook: A Guide to the Region’s Animals, Plants, & Natural Resources by Ann Saling
Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest by P. Dee Boersma, S. H. Reichard and A. N. Van Buren
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest by Peter Alden and Dennis Paulson
Natural History of Oregon by Gerald J. Bakus
The Northwest Nature Guide: Where to Go and What to See Month by Month in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia by James Luther Davis
One City’s Wilderness: Portland’s Forest Park by Marcy Cottrell Houle
Oregon Wildlife Viewing Guide by James A Yuskavitch
A Pacific Northwest Nature Sketchbook by Jude Siegel
Plants and Animals of the Pacific Northwest: An Illustrated Guide to the Natural History of Western Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia by Eugene N. Kozloff
Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast by James C Halfpenny
The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Washington and Oregon Nature Guide by Erin McCloskey
Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine: The Portland-Vancouver Region’s Network of Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas edited by Michael C. Houck and M.J. Cody
Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest: Tracking and Identifying Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates by David Moskowitz

Pacific Coast Finders
Pacific Coast Bird Finder
Pacific Coast Fern Finder
Pacific Coast Tree Finder
Pacific Coast Berry Finder

Pocket Naturalist Guides
Animal Tracks, Oregon Birds, Oregon Trees & Wildflowers, Oregon Wildlife, Pacific Northwest Butterflies & Moths, Pond Life, Portland Birds, Urban Wildlife, Western Coastal Birds

Bird books for the Pacific Northwest
The Backyard Birdsong Guide: Western North America by Donald Kroodsma
Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species by S. David Scott and Casey McFarland
Bird Tracks & Sign : A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch, Eleanor Marks and C. Diane Boretos
The Birder’s Guide to Oregon by Joseph E. Evanich, Jr.
Birding Oregon: 44 Prime Birding Areas with More Than 200 Specific Sites by John Rakestraw
Birds of Oregon: A General Reference by David Marshall
Birds of Oregon by Roger Burrows and Jeff Gilligan
Birds of Oregon: Field Guide by Stan Tekiela
Birds of the Pacific Northwest Mountains by Jan L. Wassink
Birds of the Willamette Valley Region by Harry B. Nehls
Birds of Western North America A Photographic Guide Princeton Field Guides by Paul Sterry
Birdsongs of the Pacific Northwest
Crossley Guide Raptors
Crossley Guide Western
Falcon Pocket Guide Birds of the Pacific Northwest
Familiar Birds of the Northwest by Harry J Nehls
Field Guide to Western Birds’ Nests Hal H Harrison
Handbook of Oregon Birds A Field Companion to Birds of Oregon
Must-See Birds
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds Washington/Oregon by Jonathan Alderfer
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America
New Stokes Field Guide to Birds Western Region
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America Fourth Edition
Portland Birds An Introduction to Familiar Species by James Kavanagh and Raymond Leung
Raptors of the Pacific Northwest by Thomas Bosakowski
Sibley Guide to Birds of Western North America

Mammal books for the Pacific Northwest
Field Guide to Animal Tracks by Olaus J Murie
Land Mammals of Oregon
Mammal Tracks & Sign
Mammal Tracks and Scat Life-Size Tracking Guide
Mammals of the Pacific Northwest From the Coast to the High Cascades by Chris Maser
Mammals of Washington and Oregon by Tamara Eder
Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast
Squirrels of the West

Reptile and amphibian books for the Pacific Northwest
Amphibians of Oregon, Washington And British Columbia by Charlotte C. Corkran and Chris Thoms
Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest by Lawrence L. C. Jones, William P. Leonard, and Deanna H. Olson
A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians by Robert C. Stebbins
Reptiles of the Northwest by Alan St. John
Reptiles of Washington and Oregon edited by Robert M. Storm and William P. Leonard

Insect and other invertebrate books for the Pacific Northwest
Banana Slug The
Bug Chicks coloring book
Bugs of Washington and Oregon by John Acorn
Butterflies of Cascadia by Robert Michael Pyle
Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest
Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest by William Neill
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon
Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West by Dennis R Paulson
Field Guide to the Slug
Field Guide to the Slug by David C Gordon
Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America
Insects of the Pacific Northwest by Peter Haggard and Judy Haggard
Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest
Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies
Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs The
Secret Lives of Slugs and Snails The
Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates A Guide to North American Species

Botany books for the Pacific Northwest
Conifers of the Pacific Slope
Field Guide to Alpine Flowers of the Pacific Northwest by Phillipa Hudson
Field Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers
Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States
Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington & Northwestern Oregon
Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest by Bruce McCune
Field Guide to Western Trees
Handbook of Northwestern Plants
Mosses Lichens & Ferns of Northwest North America Lone Pine Guide by Dale H Vitt
National Geographic Field Guide to Trees of North America
National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America
National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America
Northwest Trees Identifying and Understanding the Region’s Native Trees by Stephen F Arno
Oregon Wildflowers A Children’s Field Guide to the State’s Most Common Flowers
Pacific Northwest Wildflowers
Pacific Northwest Wildflowers A Guide to Common Wildflowers
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast Washington Oregon British Columbia & Alaska
Plants of Western Oregon Washington & British Columbia by Eugene N Kozloff
Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests
Sibley Guide to Trees
Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest May 2014
Trees of the Pacific Northwest by George A Petrides
Trees to Know in Oregon
Wetland Plants of Oregon and Washington
Wild Flowers of the Pacific Northwest The Third Edition of a Timeless Classic
Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge by Russ Jolley
Wildflowers of the Inland Northwest by Ralph Faust
Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest Timber Press Field Guide

Edible plants/foraging books for the Pacific Northwest
Northwest Foraging: The Classic Guide to Edible Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Doug Benoliel
Pacific Coast Foraging Guide: 40 Wild Foods from Beach, Field, and Forest by Jennifer Hahn
Pacific Northwest Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Alaska Blueberries to Wild Filberts by Douglas Deur

Mushroom books for the Pacific Northwest
All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms by David Arora
Common Mushrooms of the Northwest by J. Duane Sept
Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora
Mushrooms of Northwest North America by Helene M. E. Schalkwijk-Barendsen
Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by Steve Trudell

Coastal books for the Pacific Northwest
Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest by J Duane Sept
Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest by Andy Lamb and Phil Edgell
Common Seashore Creatures of the Pacific Northwest by J Duane Sept
Field Guide to Coastal Flowers of the Pacific Northwest by Phillipa Hudson
Field Guide to Nudibranchs of the Pacific Northwest by Rick M Harbo
Field Guide to Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest by Neil McDaniel
Field Guide to Seashells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest by Rick M Harbo
Intertidal Invertebrates from Central California to Oregon by Sol Felty Ligh
Mac’s Field Guide to Northwest Coastal Invertebrates by Craig MacGowan
Mac’s Field Guide to Northwest Coastal Water Birds by Craig MacGowan
Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest by Eugene N Kozloff
Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest A Photographic Encyclopedia
Oregon Coastal Access Guide A Mile-by-Mile Guide
Pacific Northwest Beachcomber A Waterproof Pocket Guide
Quick Field Guide to Tidepools of the Pacific Coast by Michael Rigsby
Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast An Illustrated
Seashore of the Pacific Northwest by Ian Sheldon
Whales and Other Marine Mammals of Washington and Oregon by Tamara Eder
Whelks to Whales Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest by Rick M Harbo

Geology, paleontology, and meteorology books for the Pacific Northwest
Bretz’s Flood The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World’s Greatest Flood Cataclysms on the Columbia
The Climate of Oregon: From Rain Forest to Desert by George H. Taylor and Chris Hannan
The Great Missoula Floods by John Eliot Allen
Field Guide to Gemstones of the Pacific Northwest by Rick Hudson
Geology of the Pacific Northwest Investigate How the Earth Was Formed with 15 Projects
Hiking Oregon’s Geology
In Search of Ancient Oregon A Geological and Natural History by Ellen Morris Bishop
In the Blast Zone Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St Helens by Charles Goodrich
Oregon Fossils by Elizabeth L Orr and William N Orr
Oregon Geology
Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters by William L Sullivan
The Oregon Weather Book: A State of Extremes by George H. Taylor and Raymond R. Hatton
Restless Northwest A Geological Story by Hill Williams
Roadside Geology of Oregon by David D Hyndman and Donald W Alt
Weather of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass

Hiking and walking books for the Portland area
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Portland 3rd
Afoot & Afield Portland/Vancouver A Comprehensive Hiking Guide by Douglas Lorain
Best Easy Day Hikes Portland
Best Hikes Near Portland
Exploring the Tualatin River Basin
Nature Walks in & Around Portland Peaceful Places Portland by Paul Gerald
One City’s Wilderness Portland’s Forest Park
One Night Wilderness Portland
Portland City Walks Twenty Explorations In and Around Town by Laura O Foster
Portland Forest Hikes
Portland Forest Hikes Twenty Close-In Wilderness Walks by James D Thayer
Portland Hill Walks Twenty Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods by Laura O Foster
Walk There Metro
Wild in the City

Hiking and walking books for Oregon
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon
100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington 3rd Edition by William L Sullivan
100 Hikes in Southern Oregon by William L Sullivan
100 Hikes Travel Guide Eastern Oregon by William L Sullivan
100 Hikes/Travel Guide Oregon Coast & Coast Range by William L Sullivan
120 Hikes on the Oregon Coast by Bonnie Henderson
50 Hikes in Oregon
75 Hikes in the Oregon’s Coast Range and Siskiyous by Rhonda Ostertag and George Ostertag
75 Scrambles In Oregon The Best Non-technical Ascents
Around & About Mount Hood Exploring the Timberline Trail Access Trails and Day Hikes
Atlas of Oregon Wilderness by William L. Sullivan
Babes in the Woods Hiking Camping & Boating with Babies and Young Children
Best Hikes with Kids Oregon by Bonnie Henderson
Best Short Hikes in Northwest Oregon
Best Short Hikes in Northwest Oregon by Rhonda Ostertag and George Ostertag
Camping Oregon 2nd Regional Camping Series by Rhonda Ostertag
Creaky Knees Guide Oregon The 80 Best Easy Hikes
Day Hiking Central Cascades by Craig Romano
Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Silver Star Scenic Area Portland-Vancouver to the Dalles
Day Hiking North Cascades Mount Baker Mountain Loop Highway San Juan Islands
Day Hiking Oregon Coast by Bonnie Henderson
Day Hiking South Cascades Mt St Helens / Mt Adams / Columbia Gorge by Dan Nelson
Grant’s Getaways 101 Oregon Adventures
Hiking Oregon 2nd A Guide to Oregon’s Greatest Hiking Adventures by Lizann Dunegan
Hiking Oregon’s Geology
Hiking the Columbia River Gorge 2nd by Russ Schneider
Hiking the Oregon Coast Day Hikes Along the Oregon Coast and Coastal Mountains
Listening for Coyote A Walk Across Oregon’s Wilderness by William L Sullivan
One Hundred Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades 100 Hikes by William L Sullivan
Oregon Favorites Trails and Tales by William L Sullivan
Oregon State Parks A Complete Recreation Guide by Jan Gumprecht Bannan
Oregon Trips & Trails by William L Sullivan
Soggy Sneakers A Paddler’s Guide to Oregon Rivers
Trails of Crater Lake National Park & Oregon Caves National Monument by William L Sullivan
Waterfall Lover’s Guide Pacific Northwest
Other outdoor recreation books for Oregon
Canoe and Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon
The Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail
Oregon Nature Weekends
The Willamette River Field Guide by Travis Williams

Children’s books with Pacific Northwest themes
B Is for Beaver An Oregon Alphabet
Falcons in the City
Good Night Oregon
I Would Tuck You In
Loowit’s Legend The Story of the Columbia River Gorge
Northwest Animal Babies
Salmon Forest
S is for Salmon
Terra Tempo
Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest
Where Do I Sleep A Pacific Northwest Lullaby
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree
Why Do I Sing Animal Songs of the Pacific Northwest
Wildwood, Under Wildwood, and Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Children’s books from Pacific Northwest authors
The EverGreen Twins Activity Book: 40+ Eco-Activities, Games, and Outdoor Adventures by Rick Reynolds
Marco the Molecule: Water Adventure and Activity Book by Rick Reynolds

Children’s books featuring the papercut art of Nikki McClure
All in a Day, Mama, Is It Summer Yet?, To Market, to Market, and Awake to Nap

Nature education books for parents & educators
101 Nature Activities for Kids
Beyond Ecophobia Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education by David Sobel
Celebrate Nature Activities for Every Season
Childhood and Nature by David Sobel
Closer to the Ground
Companions in Wonder Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together
Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature
Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method More Than 100 Hands-On Science Experiments
Discovering Nature with Young Children by Ingrid Chalufour and Karen Worth
Ecoart Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3-To 9-Year-Olds by Laurie Carlson
Ecological Literacy Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World by David W Orr
Ellie’s Log
Exploring Ecology 49 Ready-to-Use Activities for Grades 4-8
Exploring Nature with Your Child An Introduction to the Enjoyment and Understanding
Failure of Environmental Education And How We Can Fix It
Fifteen Minutes Outside 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids
Free to Learn
Geography of Childhood Why Children Need Wild Places
Get Out 150 Easy Ways for Kids & Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future
Green Hour A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier Healthier Smarter Kids
Handbook of Environmental Education by Philip Neal and Joy Palmer
Hands-On Nature Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children
Hey Kids Out the Door Let’s Explore
I Love Dirt 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature
Imagine Childhood Exploring the World through Nature Imagination and Play
Inside-Out Environmental Science in the Classroom and the Field Grades 3-8
It’s a Jungle Out There 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids by Jennifer Ward
Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up
Kids’ Nature Book 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences by Susan Milord
Kids’ Wildlife Book by Warner Shedd and Loretta Trezzo Braren
Last Child in the Woods Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
Leave No Child Inside A Selection of Essays from Orion Magazine
Lens on Outdoor Learning
Let’s Go Outside Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature
More Teaching Kids to Love the Earth
Natural Sense of Wonder Connecting Kids with Nature through the Seasons
Nature and Young Children Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments
Nature Connection An Outdoor Workbook for Kids Families and Classrooms
Nature Explorer by DK Publishing
Nature in a Nutshell for Kids Over 100 Activities You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less
Nature Principle Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder
Nature Sparks Connecting Children’s Learning to the Natural World by Aerial Cross
Nature’s Notes
Nature-Oriented Activities A Leader’s Guide
Nature’s Playground Activities Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors
No Student Left Indoors Creating a Field Guide to Your Schoolyard by Jane Kirkland
Outdoor Inquiries Taking Science Investigations Outside the Classroom
Outdoor Science A Practical Guide by Steve Rich
Rhythm of Family Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons
Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool K-8
Science Adventures Nature Activities for Young Children
Science Beyond the Classroom by Linda Froschauer
Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson
Sharing Nature with Children 20th Anniversary Edition by Joseph Cornell
Sharing Nature With Children II by Joseph Cornell
Small Wonders Nature Education for Young Children by Linda Garrett
Survivor Kid A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival by Denise Long
Taking Inquiry Outdoors Reading Writing and Science Beyond the Classroom
Teaching Kids To Love The Earth
Thunder Tree
Trails Tails & Tidepools in Pails Over 100 Fun and Easy Nature Activities for Families
What the Robin Knows
Wild Play Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors by David Sobel
You Are the Earth Know Your World So You Can Help Make It Better
Young Children and the Environment Early Education for Sustainability by Julie M Davis

Books about the history of connecting children to nature
Nature’s Keeper: John Ripley Forbes and the Children’s Nature Movement by Gary Ferguson
The Nature Study Movement: The Forgotten Popularizer of America’s Conservation Ethic by Kevin C. Armitage
Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930 by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

Nature writings from the Pacific Northwest
The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest by Jack Nisbet
David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest by Jack Nisbet
Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World by Kathleen Dean Moore
Meander Scars: Reflections on Healing the Willamette River by Abby Phillips Metzger
The Pine Island Paradox: Making Connections in a Disconnected World by Kathleen Dean Moore
The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion by Robert Michael Pyle
Visible Bones: Journeys Across Time in the Columbia River Country by Jack Nisbet

One Response to Books: PNW

  1. Here is another great Oregon Field/Hiking Guide. It is out of print but you can still find it locally and online sometimes. The Oregon Coast Trail: Hiking Inn to Inn
    (2005) by Jack Remington

    I’ll look forward to further posts!

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