We are surrounded by domesticated mammals all the time. We have dogs, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters for pets. If we live in a rural area we see sheep, goats, horses, pigs, and cattle and perhaps a llama or two. But unless children spend a lot of time outdoors, the only wild mammals they are likely to see are squirrels and the occasional mouse, rabbit or deer. Studying mammals in the wild takes patience and an awareness of their natural habitats and routines.
Resources for Studying Mammals
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0394757963″ locale=”us” height=”77″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61HN4TF60DL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Mammalsand National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Marine Mammals. Smaller versions of the big Audubon field guides, about 200 pages with color photographs of the most common mammals.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0679446311″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410IYAvKtHL._SL160_.jpg” width=”81″] National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals. This is the BIG, comprehensive field guide.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0590054899″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511u4FiyryL._SL110_.jpg” width=”79″]National Audubon Society First Field Guide Mammals is a combination study guide/field guide to mammals that tells about them and introduces the most common mammals of North America. Ages 9 up.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”187943119X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71H25JGEP0L._SL160_.gif” width=”136″]The Visual Dictionary of Animals. Like all of the Eyewitness books, this one is a visual delight. Hardcover and oversized, it goes into detail about animal life with cutaways, “exploded views,” life cycles, dissections, and more. All ages.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0618307362″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hVVNewa%2BL._SL160_.jpg” width=”120″]Peterson Field Guide Color-In Book: Mammalss). Many of the most common mammals are pictured individually, then in habitat groupings. Good for studying individual mammals or for making a field journal.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”039593544X” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/415X7EBZ80L._SL110_.jpg” width=”53″]Peterson First Guide to Urban Wildlife is a child-friendly field guide to the wild creatures a city child is most likely to see. It focuses on opossums, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, rats and mice, bats, and other creatures who coexist with man. A super book that is really helpful to urban home schoolers.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0062735241″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JT-yx2TBL._SL110_.jpg” width=”75″]Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign. This is a wonderful tracking book! Full color photos introduce you to each animal, its tracks, signs, and scat. The text explains life histories and habits and teaches you how to be attentive to animal signs.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0425111067″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E2uLxzVBL._SL160_.jpg” width=”101″]Tom Brown’s Field Guides are written by the famous tracker Tom Brown who was trained by an Apache Indian (see The Tracker for his story). His books contain Apache Indian mysticism, but there are no others that give such in- depth information about tracking and wilderness survival. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children covers learning to observe the natural world, identifying animals and plants, lost-proofing, and ways to survive in the wild. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking shows you how to move as silently as an Indian, how to spot and identify animal tracks and signs, and more. For junior high up or for parents to use with all ages.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0935576533″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511GC3DRT1L._SL160_.jpg” width=”104″]Care of the Wild Feathered & Furred: Treating and Feeding Injured Birds and Animals is the best guide ever written for treating, feeding, and housing injured birds and animals. It explains how to raise orphaned birds and animals, and treat a variety of wildlife injuries.