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Illinois Guide Books


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Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (Field-To-Kitchen Guides)

By Joe McFarland

University of Illinois Press
Paperback (232 pages)

Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (Field-To-Kitchen Guides)
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Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred gorgeous full-color photos, this engaging guidebook carefully describes forty different edible species of wild mushrooms found around Illinois and surrounding states, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. With conversational and witty prose, the book provides extensive detail on each edible species, including photographs of potential look-alikes to help you safely identify and avoid poisonous species. Mushroom lovers from Chicago to Cairo will find their favorite local varieties, including morels, chanterelles, boletes, puffballs, and many others. Veteran mushroom hunters Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller also impart their wisdom about the best times and places to find these hidden gems.

Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States also offers practical advice on preparing, storing, drying, and cooking with wild mushrooms, presenting more than two dozen tantalizing mushroom recipes from some of the best restaurants and chefs in Illinois, including one of Food & Wine magazine's top 10 new chefs of 2007. Recipes include classics like Beer Battered Morels, Parasol Mushroom Frittatas, and even the highly improbable (yet delectable) Morel Tiramisu for dessert.

As the first new book about Illinois mushrooms in more than eighty years, this is the guide that mushroom hunters and cooks have been craving.

Visit the book's companion website at www.illinoismushrooms.com.

Trees of Illinois Field Guide (Tree Identification Guides)

By Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications Inc.
Paperback (272 pages)

Trees of Illinois Field Guide (Tree Identification Guides)
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Trees are all around, but how much do you know about them? With this famous field guide by award-winning author and naturalist Stan Tekiela, you can make tree identification simple, informative and productive. Learn about 124 Illinois trees, organized in the book by leaf type and attachment. Fact-filled information contains the particulars that you want to know, while full-page photos provide the visual detail needed for accurate identification. Trees are fascinating and wonderful, and this is the perfect introduction to them.

Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide

By Michael Jeffords & James R. Wiker

Illinois Natural History Survey
Released: 2019-03-16
Paperback (440 pages)

Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide
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Prairie spaces and abundant wildflowers make Illinois an amateur lepidopterist's delight. Butterflies of Illinois offers a portable, easy-to-use guide rich with descriptions, field photography, and life-sized specimen photos of all the state's native species. It also includes:• identification quick guides depicting the tops and undersides of all butterfly species• scientific information and photos that explain life cycles, habitats, and ecology• range maps• flight period charts• key characteristics relevant to field identification• descriptions of rarely seen butterflies and irregular visitors from nearby states• supplemental information on various species, including collection records and unusual sightings Geared toward enthusiasts and experts alike, Butterflies of Illinois is a must-have companion for any nature hike or garden walk.

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest (Kaufman Field Guides)

By Kenn Kaufman & Jeff Sayre

Houghton Mifflin Peterson Books
Paperback (416 pages)

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest (Kaufman Field Guides)
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The only field guide to bring along to identify the birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, mushrooms, ferns, rocks, and sky of the Midwest

Even if we focus on certain things in the outdoors, most of us are curious about everything else that might turn up. Serious birders, botanists, and entomologists all have their specialized guides, but this book is the guide to “everything else"—the one guide to take when you go out for a walk. Wow, that’s a cool-looking mushroom. Wonder what it is. Hey, look at that weird insect.

Birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, mushrooms, ferns, grasses, even constellations overhead and rocks underfoot—it’s all here. With authoritative yet broad coverage, nontechnical language, and more than two thousand color photographs, this book is an essential reference for nature lovers living in or visiting Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Illinois Wildlife Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Guide to Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians

By Scott Shupe

Skyhorse
Released: 2019-05-07
Hardcover (256 pages)

Illinois Wildlife Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Guide to Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians
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Illinois’s wildlife has always played an important role in the history of human beings inhabiting the state. Native Americans depended on birds, mammals, and fish for sustenance and the state’s first Europeans came in search of Beaver and buckskins. Although the state’s wildlife is still an important resource for human consumption, wildlife is also increasingly important in today’s culture for its intrinsic, aesthetic value. For many Illinoisans, the age-old traditions of hunting and fishing have been replaced by a desire to simply observe wildlife and experience nature. But most Illinoisans are largely unaware of the diversity of species inhabiting their state. This volume is intended to provide an introduction to the state’s fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

In The Illinois Wildlife Encyclopedia, nationally known naturalist Scott Shupe has collected information on all the wildlife that reside in the Prairie State. The fourth volume in a series of state wildlife encyclopedias, this book will be a handy, usable, layman’s guide to Illinois’ wildlife.

Included are over 800 color photographs, depicting the different species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish, while also offering over 600 range maps to show their territory. Along with basic information for the biology of each animal, Shupe includes the size, habitat, and abundance of each species located in the state.

Whether you’re a lover of the outdoors, photography, or are looking to learn more about your state, this comprehensive guide will teach you about the wonderful wildlife that covers the water, earth, and skies of Illinois.

Illinois Politics: A Citizen's Guide

By James D. Nowlan & Richard J. Winkel

University of Illinois Press
Paperback (280 pages)

Illinois Politics: A Citizen s Guide
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Illinois Politics: A Citizen's Guide sheds light on these important questions and more:

 

Why has corruption flourished in Illinois even as reformers struggle for ethical change?

How do the three regions of the state compete for resources?

How does the legislature work?

When did the state become so blue?

What powers do the governor and other elected officials really have?

How are judges appointed to and removed from the bench?

Why does Illinois have more units of government than any other state?

How did higher education lose ground as a funding priority?

What role did politics play in the current budget deficit?

And how can Illinois move beyond its status as the "most average state in the nation"?

Birds of Illinois Field Guide

By Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications Inc.
Black Paperback (288 pages)

Birds of Illinois Field Guide
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Make bird watching in Illinois even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in Illinois. This book features 111 species of Illinois birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps, and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see.

Illinois Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Illinois

By James Kavanagh

Waterford Press
Released: 2017-11-20
Pamphlet (2 pages)

Illinois Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Illinois
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The Illinois Nature Set offers the best in wildlife and plant identification for The Prairie State. The set includes three Pocket Naturalist Guides to Illinois, Trees & Wildflowers, Birds, and Wildlife, and is attractively packaged in an acetate bag. The beautifully illustrated folding guides highlight well over 300 familiar and unique species and include ecoregion maps featuring prominent wildlife-viewing areas and botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, Pocket Naturalist Guides are lightweight, pocket-sized sources of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike. Made in the USA.www.waterfordpress.com

Illinois Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)

By Lyndee Henderson

Globe Pequot
Released: 2010-09-01
Paperback (264 pages)

Illinois Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)
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Completely new tenth edition! Illinois Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Illinois Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Illinois that other guidebooks just don't offer.

Northern Illinois Fishing Map Guide

Sportsman's Connection
Released: 2016-08-01
Spiral-bound (224 pages)

Northern Illinois Fishing Map Guide
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  • Color Contour Fishing Maps
  • Local fishing guide fishing tips
  • Access Locations and Accommodations
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The newly updated Northern Illinois Fishing Map Guide is a thorough, easy-to-use collection of detailed contour lake maps, fish stocking and survey data, and the best fishing spots and tips from area experts.

Fishing maps, detailed area road maps and exhaustive fishing information for lakes and rivers in the northern half of the state are provided in this handy, 224-page, 8 ½ x 11 spiral-bound guide.

Shabbona Lake, Evergreen Lake and the Fox Chain are just some of the notable fishing waters included in this guide, along with Lake Michigan harbors and the Mississippi, Illinois and Rock Rivers. Over 160 lakes and rivers in all! Coverage area runs from just north of Springfield and Decatur to the Wisconsin border.

Whether you're salmon fishing on Lake Michigan, throwing bucktails for muskies on Shabbona Lake, casting swimjigs for bass on Lake Vermilion or exploring the little lakes of Kickapoo State Park, you'll find all the information you need to enjoy a successful day out on the water on one of Northern Illinois' many excellent fisheries.

Know your waters. Catch more fish with the Northern Illinois Fishing Map Guide.



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