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MassWildlife offers a variety of print publications for those interested in learning more about wildlife, insects, plants, as well as rare or threatened species and habitats.
NOTE: Some items are available at a discount if purchased in bulk or if you are an educator. Some items are free if picked up at a MassWildlife office , but have a postage fee if mailed.
Massachusetts Wildlife magazine is a quarterly publication packed with award-winning articles and photos on the environment, conservation, fishing, hunting, natural history and just about everything relating to the outdoors in Massachusetts.
Learn more about Massachusetts Wildlife magazine including how to order.
The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program and The Nature Conservancy have recently completed BioMap2, an enhanced biodiversity conservation plan that updates and will replace the original BioMap (2001) and Living Waters (2003) plans. BioMap2 is designed to guide strategic biodiversity conservation in Massachusetts by focusing land protection and stewardship on the areas that are most critical for ensuring the long-term persistence of rare and other native species and their habitats, exemplary natural communities and a diversity of ecosystems. The 60 page summary report and a poster are now available from the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program.
$2.50 to cover the cost of postage, free if picked up at a MassWildlife Office
This full-color poster was produced in conjunction with the BioMap2 report. It contains beautiful photos of some of our rare species and natural communities.
$2.50 to cover the cost of postage, free if picked up at a MassWildlife office
Massachusetts bird watchers have access to a remarkable variety of habitats from the coast to the mountains. This annotated list of birds is a quick-reference supplement to other field guides and offers information on rarity, nesting status, and seasonal occurrence. The list is also a quick reference for correct nomenclature, taxonomic order, and species codes.
A perfect gift for the curious youngster or the beginning adult naturalist with an interest in backyard wildlife and beyond. The 4x6 inch pocket guide contains sections on mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. "Critters" provides information about physical features, range, habitat, food, tracks, and much more. The 127 pages are filled with full color images, a ruler for measuring tracks, and a space for notes.
By Peter G. Mirick with Tom French and Jacob Kubel (2016)
This 94-page, 8 3/4 x 6 inch guide features frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, and turtles found in Massachusetts.
The guide includes detailed species accounts, vivid photographs including some common pattern and color variations, information about reptile and amphibian conservation, and a key to the sea turtles of the North Atlantic.
by Leo Kenney and Matthew Burne
3rd Edition (2009)
This 77 page, 8 x 5 1/2 inch, full color field guide provides an excellent reference to the specialized creatures that depend on vernal pools. Beautiful photographs and descriptive text are combined to aid in the identification and study of amphibians, reptiles, and many invertebrates.
$12.00 ($10.00 per copy for orders of 50 or more)
by Blair Nikula, Jennifer Loose, and Matthew Burne
2nd Edition (2007)
This popular field guide features 197 pages of color photographs of adult males and females, illustrations of diagnostic characters for groups such as the Enallagma and Somatochlora, and range, flight period, habitat, and behavior notes. It is the first guide to cover all 166 species found in the Commonwealth, and as the range of many Massachusetts species extends well beyond our borders, will be useful to those interested in dragonflies and damselflies throughout the northeast.
$20.00 ($15.00 per copy for orders of 25 or more)
2nd Edition (2008)
This guide is a user-friendly aid to identification of 66 plant species recognized by the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group as Invasive, Likely Invasive, or Potentially Invasive in Massachusetts. Importation, propagation and sale of these species is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Color photos, line drawings, detailed descriptions, and references are provided to assist land managers, gardeners, nurserymen, landscapers, conservationists, and others with accurately identifying these species.
$5.00 ($4.00 per copy for orders of 25 or more)
This guide provides information about how to evict bats from your home and how to prevent their return. Detailed diagrams show different methods of exclusion. The guide also gives information on the natural history of bats and bat conservation.
14th Edition (2017)
This Atlas is the product of a statewide revision of Priority Habitat and Estimated Habitat boundaries to reflect the latest state-listed species data, understanding of species biology and habitat requirements, and GIS technology and data.
Individual town maps: $25.00
Note: The following towns do not contain mapped habitat in the 14th Edition Atlas: Avon, Everett, Hopedale, Lawrence, North Reading, Salem, Seekonk, Somerville, Southborough, Swampscott, Watertown, Weston
An Introduction to the Threatened Turtles of Massachusetts is a great educational tool for teachers at all grade levels, nature centers, other educational institutions and the general public. This video provides an overview of general turtle biology, the threats that they face and suggests ways for each of us to help conserve Massachusetts' native turtles.
$5.00 (Free for educators)
MassWildlife annual reports include information from the Fisheries and Wildlife Board as well as information on expenditures, habitat management, biological projects, education programs, and land acquisitions.
This book chronicles the events that shaped the agency from its inception in 1866 as a Fish Commission. Written by retired MassWildlife biologist James Cardoza and published in 2015, this manuscript outlines significant dates; statistics on fish and wildlife populations through time; facts about hunters, anglers, and licenses; stocking data; along with information on staff.