The New York Times recently ran an article highlighting some phone apps for identifying birds, trees, flowers, rocks and animal tracks (Cheat Sheets for Your Walk in the Woods). While apps might work great for the “woods” of New York City, they aren’t going to do you much good in the woods of northern Minnesota, where you are quickly out of cell phone range.
I have my own app, but it is very exclusive: it’s my friend Mike, who has photographed nearly every species of bird in Minnesota and can easily identify them all. He can even mimic a number of their calls. The trouble is, Mike isn’t always available.
That’s why a good field guide comes in mighty handy for those walks in the northern woods. These invaluable books have close-up pictures, identification keys, typical dimensions, and native habitat of your chosen specimen. They cram a lot of information in a small book that can easily fit in your day pack.
At Stone Harbor, we’ve picked out some great field guides that are perfect for your northern Minnesota hike or your BWCA canoe trip. Just stop in and our outdoor experts will help you identify the best field guide for your adventure.