Florida's Fabulous Nature Series

May 3, 2022

15 FIELD GUIDES FOR FLORIDA FANS

This is one of my favorite natural history series. The vibrant, detailed illustrations really bring the flora and fauna of the Sunshine state to life - and the series includes oft-overlooked topics like spiders, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. 

Florida Field GuideFlorida's Fabulous Spiders. I'm no fan of arachnids, so it's extra impressive that the Spiders volume of this series is still appealing and even beautiful to my eyes. I'm definitely not interested in a wild encounter with any of these creatures, so it's nice to have beautiful portraits between the pages. 

Florida's Fabulous Mammals. This is the field guide you want if you're looking for manatees or dolphins; but did you know that Florida is also quite well populated with bison and wild hogs? 

Florida's Fabulous Seashells. Shells are a unique category when it comes to natural history - not quite animal, not quite mineral... but very very popular with visitors to the seashore!

Florida's Fabulous Butterflies. The climate in Florida is ideal for butterfly gardens, and it's handy to have a guide to these amazing creatures. If you need a backup title, try Butterflies of Florida

Florida's Fabulous Trees. Plant life in this part of the continent is vastly different from what visitors are used to at home - including the trees. If you'd like a guide for just the flowers, try Florida Wildflowers from Falcon Guides. 

Florida Field GuideFlorida's Fabulous Waterbirds. They've divided birds up into two volumes (land vs water) which was probably a good idea considering how MANY birds there are in Florida.  If you'd prefer an all-in-one book, try Birding Florida from Falcon Guides. 

Florida's Fabulous Natural Places. It's great to have a field guide telling you what the critters are - but how do you get to the places where you can see them? Luckily the Fabulous series includes several volumes dedicated to outdoor locales. If you need an alternate, try Florida State Parks or even Camping Florida.

Florida's Fabulous Canoe and Kayak Trail Guide. For the really adventurous, you can take it a step further and explore by canoe or kayak. 

Florida's Fabulous Insects. There are a lot. a LOT. of insects. in Florida. If this one guide is temporarily hard to find, there is some good info in the Florida Audubon Guide as well. 

Florida's Fabulous Flowers. The weather that makes things so perfect for butterflies and insects also creates a hospitable environment for floral prosperity; Florida has more than just orchids!

Florida's Fabulous Fishes. A field guide for the casual observer (who maybe doesn't have much experience with fishing), this volume is once again packed full of gorgeous full color photographs. If this one is on backorder, try Saltwater Sport Fish of the Gulf or the pocket-sized Florida Freshwater Fishes folding guide. 

Florida Field GuideFlorida's Fabulous Lighthouses. Returning to the "travel guide" concept for a third time, this volume explores the (huge number of) lighthouses sprinkled up and down the Florida coastline. If this one is out of stock, check out Florida Lighthouses from Arcadia publishing. 

Florida's Fabulous Land Birds. The follow up to "Water Birds," another book with incredible photography and useful details about the birds that live here. 

Florida's Fabulous Trail Guide. The fourth and last travel guide volume, this book focuses on hiking and biking trails throughout Florida. For an alternate, try Rail-Trails Florida

Florida's Fabulous Reptiles and Amphibians. It can be really hard to find field guides for snakes, so I love that the Fabulous series dedicated an entire volume to reptiles and amphibians. Sometimes this volume is hard to find - if you need a backup, try Florida's Snakes and Florida's Frogs by Richard Bartlett. 

The books in this series are intermittently available (sometimes they go on backorder for a bit) but I try to carry them all, all the time. I've also suggested backups above for the titles that are more challenging to come by. 

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Florida's Fabulous Spiders Cover Image
By World Publications (Manufactured by)
$11.86
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ISBN: 9780911977219
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - September 1st, 2002

This book includes natural history information on the most commonly found spiders both outdoors and in the household, including information on spider behavior and venomous spiders.


Florida Fabulous Mammals Cover Image
$16.10
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ISBN: 9780911977134
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - February 1st, 1995

Florida's Fabulous Seashells: And Other Seashore Life Cover Image
$15.26
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ISBN: 9780911977059
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - April 1st, 1991

Florida's Fabulous Trees: Their Stories Cover Image
$9.31
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ISBN: 9780911977028
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - December 1st, 1985

Florida's Fabulous Waterbirds: Their Stories Cover Image
$9.31
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ISBN: 9780911977004
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - April 1st, 1983

Florida's Fabulous Canoe and Kayak Trail Guide (Florida's Fabulous Nature) Cover Image
By Winston Williams (Editor), Pete Carmichael (Photographer), Tim Ohr (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$19.51
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ISBN: 9780911977257
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - July 1st, 2006

Florida's Fabulous Flowers: Their Stories Cover Image
$10.40
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ISBN: 9780911977011
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - December 1st, 1985

Florida's Fabulous Lighthouses Cover Image
By Tim Ohr, Neil Hurley (Editor), Pete Carmichael (Photographer)
$14.20
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ISBN: 9780911977516
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - August 1st, 2007

This is the most comprehensive book of Florida's historic lighthouses ever published. It includes photographs of lights no longer standing, lesser lights, rarely known beacons little discussed in lighthouse literature. Not only does it include beautiful full-color photographs, but it also includes historic black-and white photographs, some more than 100 years old.


Florida's Fabulous Birds: Land Birds: Their Stories Cover Image
$14.41
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ISBN: 9780911977066
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - November 1st, 1994

Florida's Fabulous Trail Guide Cover Image
By Tim Ohr
$17.05
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ISBN: 9780911977240
Published: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv - March 1st, 2001