I’ve carefully selected some of the primary references that I recommend owning in a physical copy. Please consider purchasing them here to support the educational mission of Herb Walks. Thanks, Lanny



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  • Birds of Southern California: A Guide to Common and Notable Species

    Photos & Text: Greg R. Homel Publisher: Quick Reference Publishing (2014) Waterproof Field Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: Birds of Southern California is a quick and easy to use, light-weight, durable, all-weather field guide to the incredibly varied birdlife of Southern California, from the coast to the mountains to the inland deserts, Salton Sea […]

  • Butterflies of Southern California: A Guide to Common and Notable Species

    Photos & Text: Jim Brock Publisher: Quick Reference Publishing (2014) Waterproof Field Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: Butterflies of Southern California—including the desert, mountains and metro areas—beautifully illustrates 84 species of butterfly and nearly all of the corresponding caterpillar forms found in Southern California. This pocket-sized guide features color photos in a side-by-side format […]

  • California Chaparral: An Elfin Forest

    Author: W. S. Head Publisher: Naturegraph Publishers; First Edition (June 1972) Paperback: 96 pages “The California Chaparral, by W. S. Head, is 100 pages of narrative style descriptions of plants, animals, birds, and reptiles of the drier chaparral region. Many illustrations illuminate the book and help in the identification of plants and animals….The author lived […]

  • California Field Atlas

    Author: Obi Kaufmann Publisher: Heyday Books (2017) Paperback: 608 pp. Images: 300 full-color maps and illustrations Winner of the 2018 NCIBA Book of the Year Award (Regional Interest). This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings. Based […]

  • California Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Evergreen Huckleberries to Wild Ginger

    Author: Judith Larner Lowry Publisher: Timber Press (2014) Paperback: 344 pages From the publisher’s website: The diversity of California’s terrain and climate are a forager’s dream, with unique offerings from the coast, the mountains, the deserts, and everywhere in between. A passionate wild foods expert, Judith Larner Lowry shows you what to look for and how to gather […]

  • California Native Plants for the Garden

      Authors: Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart O’Brien Publisher: Cachuma Press (2005) Paperback: 280 pages Recipient of the 2006 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society. California Native Plants for the Garden is a comprehensive resource that will appeal to every gardener who has an interest in California’s unique flora. Featuring more than 500 plants and illustrated […]

  • California’s Chumash Indians

    Project Coordinators:  Lynne McCall and Rosalind Perry Publisher: EZ Nature Books (revised edition 2002) Paperback: 280 pages A project of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Education Center. The most complete summary of Chumash life and culture, accessible to all audiences. Compiled by a team of Museum scholars and educators. EZ Nature Books, revised edition 2002. […]

  • Chaparral Shrublands of Southern California: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants & Animals

    Photos & Text: Various authors Publisher: Waterford Press (2016) Waterproof Pocket Naturalist® Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: Chaparral – the shrub-dominated landscape found in-between the coast and the mountains – is California’s most extensive ecosystem and can be found in every single county in the state. This beautifully illustrated guide – produced with the assistance of […]

  • Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California

    Author: Jan Timbrook (with botanical watercolors by Chris Chapman) Publisher: Heyday Books (2007) Paperback: 271 pages Published in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The Chumash people have lived in coastal California from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara for thousands of years. Their homeland is an area of uncommon biological richness and diversity, featuring over […]

  • Common Edible and Useful Plants of the West

    Author: Muriel Sweet Publisher: Naturegraph Publishers, Inc. (June 1976) Paperback: 64 pages One of the original classics on this subject is still around and still at a great, affordable price. If you want to know how Native Americans, pioneers, and the early Spanish-Americans used many of the common wild plants of the west for food, building shelters, […]