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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.

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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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.

Rocks & Minerals of Wisconsin, Illinois & Iowa: A Field Guide to the Badger, Prairie & Hawkeye States (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)

By Dan Lynch

Adventure Publications
Paperback (244 pages)

Rocks & Minerals of Wisconsin, Illinois & Iowa: A Field Guide to the Badger, Prairie & Hawkeye States (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)
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Get the perfect guide to rocks and minerals in the Heartland! The book features comprehensive entries for 96 rocks and minerals of Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, from common rocks to rare finds. The easy-to-use format means you'll quickly find what you need to know and where to look, while the authors' photographs depict the detail needed for identification - no need to guess from line drawings. With this field guide in hand, identifying and collecting can be fun and informative.

Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State

By Michael Jeffords

University of Illinois Press
Paperback (280 pages)

Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State
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Loaded with full color photographs and evocative descriptions, Exploring Nature in Illinois provides a panorama of the state's overlooked natural diversity. Naturalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post explore fifty preserves, forests, restoration areas, and parks, bringing an expert view to wildlife and landscapes and looking beyond the obvious to uncover the unexpected beauty of Illinois's wild places.
 
From the colorful variety of birds at War Bluff Valley Audubon Sanctuary to the exposed bedrock and cliff faces of Apple River Canyon, Exploring Nature in Illinois will inspire readers to explore wonders hidden from urban sprawl and cultivated farmland. Maps and descriptions help travelers access even hard-to-find sites while a wealth of detail and photography offers nature-lovers insights into the flora, fauna, and other aspects of vibrant settings and ecosystems. The authors also include diary entries describing their own impressions of and engagement with the sites.
 
A unique and much-needed reference, Exploring Nature in Illinois will entertain and enlighten hikers, cyclers, students and scouts, morning walkers, weekend drivers, and anyone else seeking to get back to nature in the Prairie State.

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Illinois (American Birding Association State Field)

By Michael L. P. Retter

Scott Nix Inc
Paperback (424 pages)

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Illinois (American Birding Association State Field)
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The diverse habitats of Illinois--prairies, savannas, rivers, marshes, forests, and beaches--offer a home for hundreds of types of birds throughout the year. More than just a "flyover state", Illinois welcomes hundreds of species of migrating birds during the spring and fall. From the shores of Lake Michigan in the north to Central Plains and the magnificent Shawnee National Forest, Illinois is a magnificent state for birds and birders. Written by a third-generation Illinoisan birdwatcher and filled with over 500 color images of birds in native habitats, this is the perfect companion for anyone interested in learning about the natural history and diversity of the Prairie State's birds--and when and where to find them.

Birds of Illinois Field Guide

By Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications Inc.
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.

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.

Prairie Plants of Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie Grasses and Wildflowers of Illinois and the Midwest

By Steve W. Chadde

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (290 pages)

Prairie Plants of Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie Grasses and Wildflowers of Illinois and the Midwest
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Prairie Plants of Illinois is an easy-to-use guide for identifying over 100 of the most common grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs found on the prairies of Illinois and in the surrounding region. By using the simple set of keys, identifying an unknown prairie plant will be relatively straightforward. In addition, detailed line drawings and an illustrated glossary supplement the text. Maps show the county distribution of each species both in Illinois and across the central United States.

Illinois Gardener's Guide (Gardener's Guides)

By James A Fizzell

Brand: Cool Springs Press
Paperback (272 pages)

Illinois Gardener s Guide (Gardener s Guides)
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Gardening is now the favorite leisure pastime in America. Homeowners are realizing the health benefits derived from gardening and the increase in their home's property value.

The "Illinois Gardener's Guide: Revised Edition" is written by the popular gardening expert James Fizzell. It contains easy-to-use advice on the top landscape plant choices (more than 190 entries) for Illinois. It also recommends specific varieties, and provides advice on how to plant, how to grow and how to care for Illinois' best plants.

It is a must read for every Illinois gardener.

Midwestern Birds: Backyard Guide - Watching - Feeding - Landscaping - Nurturing - Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, ... Dakota (Bird Watcher's Digest Backyard Guide)

By Bill Thompson

Brand: Cool Springs Press
Paperback (160 pages)

Midwestern Birds: Backyard Guide - Watching - Feeding - Landscaping - Nurturing - Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, ... Dakota (Bird Watcher s Digest Backyard Guide)
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From the editor of the nation's premier birding magazine, a no-nonsense, no-fluff quick guide to the birds you see every day. Of all the classic American pastimes, perhaps none is as widely accessible as watching birds. Our unusually vast, diverse environmental landscape supports fascinating species and variations exclusive to each region of the country. While birders often spend their efforts in search of the rarest creatures, some of the most beautiful and intriguing birds are the ones that frequent our backyards (or nearby) daily. For that reason, where other larger volumes focus on bird types that the casual observer is never likely to encounter, Midwestern Birds concisely celebrates those species living under our very noses. Written by Bill Thompson III, the editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher's Digest, this portable 5"x8" book contains the same variety of entertaining and informative entries that make Bird Watcher's Digest the nation's most popular birding magazine. Inside, you'll find profiles of the 55 most common birds in the Midwest, complete with large color photos, gender-specific physical descriptions, nesting and feeding information, bird call particulars, and interesting stories about each species. Thompson also introduces the reader to the basics of bird watching: essential gear, bird-friendly food and plantings, housing tips, and observational techniques. This guide covers Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Look for our other backyard bird guides covering the Mid-Atlantic, South, Northeast, and West regions of the United States.



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