Suggested Field Guides

Trees & shrubs:

  • Trees of Ontario by Linda Kershaw, 2001 (portable, good keys)
  • Shrubs of Ontario by James H. Soper and Margaret Heimburger, Royal Ontario Museum, 1982
  • Peterson Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs by George A. Petrides and Roger Tory Peterson, 1973
  • Trees in Canada by John Laird Farrar, 1995


  • The ROM Field guide to Wildflowers of Ontario by T. Dickinson, D. Metsger, J. Bull and R. Dickinson, 2004
  • A Field Guide to Wildflowers by R.T. Peterson and Margaret McKenney, 1968
  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb, 1977
  • The Orchids of Bruce and Grey by the Bruce-Grey Plant Committee, Owen Sound Field Naturalists, 1997 (available at TFN office)
  • The Asters, Goldenrods and Fleabanes of Grey and Bruce Counties by Bruce Grey Plant Committee, Owen Sound Field Naturalists, 2000 (available at TFN office)


  • A Graphic Guide to Ontario Mosses by Robert Muma, Toronto Field Naturalists, 1984

Ferns, horsetails and club mosses:

  • Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America, 2nd edition by R. Cobb, 2005
  • The Ferns of Grey and Bruce by Bruce-Grey Plant Committee, Owen Sound Field Naturalists, 1999 (available at TFN office)

Wetland plants:

  • Wetland Plants Ontario by S.G. Newmaster, A.G. Harris, L.J. Kershaw, et al., 1997


  • Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America by DA Sibley, 2002
  • A Field Guide to the Birds (Revised Edition) by R.T. Peterson, 1999
  • Birds of North America by C.S. Robbins et al, 1983
  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition by JL Dunn, 2006


  • Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America by Eric R. Eaton and Kenn Kaufman, 2007
  • Butterflies through Binoculars: The East by J Glassberg, 1999
  • Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies by Nikula et al, 2002
  • Field Guide to The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park by Colin D. Jones, Andrea Kingsley, Peter Burke and Matt Holder, 2008

Amphibians and reptiles

  • Familiar Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario by Bob Johnson, Natural Heritage/Natural History, 1989


  • Mammals of North America, (4th edition) by Fiona Reid, 2006

Animal tracks, scats and other signs:

  • A Field Guide to Animal Tracks, by Olaus J. Murie, 1975