A CAMN Reading List

Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife
Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife

One of our long-time members, Jeri P., has compiled a fabulous list of the books she loves as a Master Naturalist. Some of the books here are seminal works for the Texas Master Naturalist, as close to required reading as it gets. Like Roy Bedichek’s Adventures With A Texas Naturalist or Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac. Some are written by CAMN members, like Nature Watch Austin by Jim and Lynne Weber, or Kelly Simon’s Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife.

Nature Watch Austin
Nature Watch Austin

Whatever your interest in the natural world, there’s probably a book (or three) on Jeri’s list that’ll scratch the itch. Her list is broken into four sections.

Got your own favorites? We’d love to hear what they are!

Nature Readings
Adventures With a Texas Naturalist Bedichek, Roy
Austin Nature Watch Weber, Jim & Lynne
Bird in the Waterfall Dennis & Wolff
Botany of Desire Pollan, Michael
Forgotten Pollinators Pollan, Michael
Future of Life Wilson, E.O.
Green History of the World Ponting, Clive
Messages From the Wild Gehlback, Frederich
Noah's Garden Stein, Sarah
Paddling the Guadalupe McAlister, Wayne
Rembunctious Garden Marris, Emma
Sand County Almanac Leopold, Aldo
The Geography of Childhood Nebhan & Trimble
Walden Thoreau, Henry David
Wilderness World of John Muir Teale, Edward
Field Guides
Amphibians Amphibians & Reptiles of Texas Dixon, James
Amphibians Familiar Reptiles & Amphibians of North America Audubon Society Pocket Guide
Birds Birds of texas Rappole & Blacklock
Birds Field Guide to the Birds of Easter North America Sibley, David
Birds Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America Sibley, David
Butterflies Butterflies of North America Brock & Kaufmann
Butterflies Butterflies through Binoculars (A field guide of the West) Glassberg, Jeffrey
Dragonflies Dragonflies Through Binoculars Dunkel, Sidney
Birds A Field Guide to Birds Peterson
Gardening with Natives Native Texas Plants by Region Wasowski, Sally & Andy
Geology Roadside Geology of Texas Spearing, Darwin
Grasses Common Texas Grasses Gould, Frank
Insects Insects of the Texas Lost Pines Taber & Fleenor
Journaling/identification Bird Tracks and Sign Elbroch, Mark & Boretos, Diane 0-81177-2696-7
Journaling/identification Mammal Tracks & Sign Elbroch, Mark 0-8117-2626-6
Journaling/identification Nature Observation and Tracking Brown, Jr., Tom 0-4250-9966-0
Mammals Mammals of Texas Schmedley, David
Plants Native & Naturalized Woody Plants of Austin & the Hill Country Bro. Daniel Lynch
Plants Wildflowers of Texas Ajilvsgi, Geyata
Plants Texas Wildflowers Loughmiller, Campbell & Lynn
Plants A Field Guide to Wildflowers, Trees & Shrubs of Texas Tull & Miller
Plants Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country Enquist, Marshall
Plants Texas Wildscapes:Gardening for Wildlife Damunde & Bender
Plants Field Guide to the Broad-Leaved & Herbaceous Plants of S.Texas Everett, Drawe & Lonard
Reptiles A Field Guide to Texas Reptiles & Amphibians Bartlett, R.D. & Patricia
Reptiles A Field Guide to Texas Snakes Tenant, Alan
Reptiles Amphibians & Reptiles of Texas Dixon, James
Reptiles Familiar Reptiles & Amphibians of North America Audubon Society Pocket Guide
Reptiles Horned Lizard Manaster, Jane
Reptiles Intro. to Horned Lizards of North America Sherbrooke, Wade
Snakes Poisonous Snakes of Texas Price, Andy
Snakes Texas Snakes Werler & Dixon
Just Good Reading
Title Author
Aransas Harrigan, Stephen
Cadillac Desert Reisner, Mark
Caprock Canyonlands Flores
Captured Zesch, Scott
Desert Solitaire Abbey, Edward
Empire of the Summer Moon Gwynne, S.C.
Enchanted Rock Allred, Lance
Goodby to a River Graves, John
Hard Scrabble Graves, John
Illuminations in the Flatwoods Hutto, Joe
Indian Life In Texas Shawn, Charles
John Graves Reader Graves, John
Lone Star Fehrenbach, T.R.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Dillar, Annie
Prodigal Summer Kingsolver, Barbara
Texas State Parks and the CCC Brandimarte & Reed
Touching the Wild Hutto, Joe
Water From Stone Bamberger, David
Woodswoman LaBastille, Anne
General Reading
Title Author ISBN #
Butterfly Gardening for the South Ajilvsgi, Geyata
Texas Bug Book Beck & Garrett
Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife Damunde & Bender
How to Grow Native Plants ofTexas & the Southwest Nokes, Jill
Rare Plants of Texas Poole, Carr, Price, etc.