Nature & Outdoors

Take a walk on the wild side with Storey’s naturalists and you’ll be amazed at the things you’ll see. Learn to identify the birds at your feeder, the raptors flying overhead, and the butterflies emerging in your garden. Track the subtle changes in the clouds, the trees, and the plants right outside your doorstep by keeping a nature journal, with noted nature artist Clare Walker Leslie as your guide. From summer hikes to snowshoe treks, you’ll find guidebooks to help you discover the wonders of the natural world.

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The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs

With this book in hand, readers of any age will discover — just outside their own doors, no matter where they live—a world they never knew existed. Stunning photography is combined with expert information to create an up-close-and-personal tour of the hidden lives of spiders, beetles, butterflies, moths, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, aphids, and many other backyard residents. You won’t believe your eyes! Each creature is shown in its natural setting, and many are shown progressing through the stages of their life cycles. This is a one-of-a-kind look at some of life’s most fascinating mysteries — surprising, captivating, and perfect for nature lovers of all ages.

$ 14.95 US, Paper
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The Nature Connection

This interactive workbook, packed with creative, year-round nature activities, is sure to please everyone ages 8 to 13. Clare Walker Leslie guides kids to observe and record what they see, hear, smell, and touch outdoors, whether they live in the country, the city, or somewhere in between. She offers dozens of fun things to do in every season: write a poem; make a sketch; tell a story; record daily sunrise and sunset times for a month; draw a local map and mark the locations of trees, rocks, animals, and other sights; keep a moon journal; learn about the constellations; or collect leaves and bring them home to sketch and identify. Rediscover the world outside with The Nature Connection!

$ 16.95 US, Paper
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The Bird Watching Answer Book

Learn the how’s and why’s of bird behavior, from flirtatious mating practices and gorgeous birdsong to flying south for the winter. In this lively reference book, Laura Erickson addresses hundreds of real-life questions sent in to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world’s foremost authority on birds. With expert advice on bird watching techniques and equipment, feeding and housing birds, protecting habitats, and much more, Erickson guides you through the intricacies of the avian world with a contagious passion for our feathered friends.

$ 14.95 US, Flexibind with paper spine
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The Life Cycles of Butterflies

Witness the life cycles of 23 common backyard butterflies through more than 400 stunning, full-color, up-close photographs, all taken in live garden settings. Each butterfly is shown from start to maturity, with sequential photographs of the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and emerging butterfly — a richly visual guide to one of nature's most wondrous creations.

$ 16.95 US, Paper
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What’s That Bird?

Are you bird-literate? It's easier than you think!

Can you recognize and name 30 North American birds? When you hear a bird singing overhead can you use binoculars to find its nest in the treetops? Do you know how simple it is to build a bird arbor in your own backyard?

What's That Bird? teaches these skills and more, answering questions such as:

What are wishbones really for? (p. 12)
How does the American Robin make its nest? (p. 33)
Where does a Tufted Titmouse live? (p. 52)
What happened to the Passenger Pigeon and why should we care? (p. 79)
What is the smallest bird in the world? (p. 105)

$ 14.95 US, Paper