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MassWildlife Publications

MassWildlife offers a variety of printed publications for those interested in learning more about wildlife, insects, plants, as well as rare or threatened species and habitats. Some are available at a discount if you are an educator, or if you buy in bulk. Some items are free when you visit a MassWildlife office or can be mailed for a postage fee.

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Massachusetts Wildlife Magazine

Massachusetts Wildlife Magazine covers

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.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Massachusetts

A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Massachusetts

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.

$10.00 ($8.00 per copy for orders of 25 or more)


Animals of Vernal Pools

field guide to the animals of vernal pools

Leo Kenney, 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 invertebrates.

$12.00 ($10.00 per copy for orders of 25 or more)


Homeowner's Guide to Bats

Massachusetts Homeowners Guide to Bats

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.

Free at MassWildlife offices or $2.50 for postage.


Massachusetts Natural Heritage Atlas

Natural Heritage Atlas

15th Edition (2021)

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.

The full Atlas is available on MassGIS as a downloadable layer and through MassMapper.

Printed individual town maps: $25.00


Note: The following towns do not contain mapped habitat in the 15th Edition Atlas: Avon, Chelsea, Everett, Hopedale, Marblehead, Seekonk, Somerville, Southborough, Swampscott, Watertown, Weston, Westwood, Whitman.

Threatened Turtles of Massachusetts: Why They Need Our Help!

threatened turtles of Massachusetts


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)


Vascular Plants of Massachusetts

(First Revision, 2011)

Provides a concise reference work for students of the state's flora. A revision to the first published comprehensive compilation of the state's vascular flora since 1840. Provides current nomenclature for 3293 native and introduced vascular plant taxa, and recognized but unnamed hybrids, found currently or historically in the Commonwealth. Distributions indicate whether a species is considered native or introduced in the county.


MassWildlife Annual Reports

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.

History of MassWildlife: 1866-2012

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.


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