Below are some of the books and websites that we recommend. Check back often as we plan to continue adding new resources. If you have a favorite book or website that you think should be listed, but isn’t, please let us know. We are constantly learning and are always on the lookout for new references.


Plant Identification

Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes

Wildflowers of Mammoth Cave National Park by Randy Seymour

Plant Life of Kentucky: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Flora by Ronald Jones

Native Trees of the Southeast by L. Katherine Kirkman, Claud L. Brown, and Donald Joseph Leopold

North American Trees, 5th Edition by Richard J. Preston Jr. and Richard R. Braham


Funding Conservation Projects

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

USDA Farm Service Agency


Bird Identification

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer

The Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd Edition by David Allen Sibley


Insect Identification

Kaufman Field Guides: Butterflies of North America by Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman

A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico 2nd Edition by Donald J. Borror and Richard E. White

A Field Guide to the Beetles: of North America (Peterson Field Guides) by Richard E. White and Roger Tory Peterson

BugGuide: An online guide for identification, images, and information for insects, spiders, and their kin for the U.S. and Canada

Butterflies and Moths of North America


Miscellaneous Wildlife Identification

Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, 4th Edition by Robert Powell, Roger Conant, and Joseph T. Collins

Amphibians and Reptiles of Land Between the Lakes by Edmund J. Zimmerer, David H. Snyder, A. Floyd Scott, and David F. Frymire

Scats and Tracks of the Southeast by James Halfpenny and Jim Bruchac