Plan Your Trip
New Jersey & General Resources

The information listed below is just a handful of the many resources available to help research the area and its wildlife while planning your visit.  

For more background information on wildlife watching in New Jersey, visit New Jersey Audubon at www.njaudubon.org or New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection at www.state.nj.us/dep. You can download species check lists of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians at www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/chklists.htm.

There are too many bird identification field guides to list them all here, so we will mention only two.  For beginners, we recommend Kaufman’s Field Guide to Birds of North America, by Kenn Kaufman (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000,Spanish translation 2005), and The Sibley Guide to Birds, by David Allen Sibley (Alfred A. Knopf, 2000), which also has an Eastern edition that is a smaller size and may be preferable for bringing into the field.



Birds of Lake, Pond & Marsh:
Water & Wetland Birds of Eastern North America
John Eastman.
Stackpole Books,
Mechanicsburg, PA. 1999
Bed & Breakfast Inns Online
Birds of New Jersey
Joan Walsh, Vince Elia, Rich Kane & Thomas Halliwell
New Jersey Audubon, Bernardsville, NJ. 1999
Butterflies through Binoculars
Jeffrey Glassberg. Oxford University Press. 1998
Food Shed Alliance
Dragonflies through Binoculars
Sidney W. Dunkle. Oxford University Press. 2000
Garden State Wine Growers Association

Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of NJ
Allen E. Barlow, David M. Golden, and Jim Bangma.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Fish & Wildlife, 2009

New Jersey Department of Agriculture – Jersey Fresh

Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of NJ
Vicki Schwartz and David M. Golden
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. 2002

New Jersey Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association

How to Spot Butterflies
Patricia Taylor Sutton and Clay Sutton
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA. 1999

New Jersey Farm Bureau

New Jersey Parks, Forests, & Natural Areas
Michael P. Brown. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ. 2004

New Jersey Trails Association

New Jersey Wildlife Viewing Guide
Laurie Pettigrew. Falcon Publishing, Inc.
Helena Montana. 1998

New Jersey Travel and Tourism

Pete Dunne on Bird Watching
Pete Dunne. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA. 2003
Visit New Jersey Farms

Plant Communities of New Jersey, A study in Landscape Diversity
Beryl Robichaud Collins and Karl H. Anderson
Rutgers University Press, East Brunswick, N.J. 1994

Swamp and Bog, Trees, Shrubs & Wildflowers
of Eastern Freshwater Wetlands
John Eastman. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA. 1995
Wild Journeys: Migration in New Jersey
Brian Vernachio, Don Freiday, and Dale A. Rosselet
New Jersey Audubon, Bernardsville, NJ. 2003

Audio, Video & Software Tools

Calls of New Jersey Frogs and Toads
David M. Golden and John F. Bunnell
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Fish and Wildlife 

Flight Calls of Migratory Birds
Eastern North American Landbirds
William R. Evans and Michael O’Brien
2002 Old Bird Inc., www.oldbird.org - CD Audio 

National Audubon Society Interactive CD-ROM Guide to North American Birds
Copyright 1996, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Our Birds: New Jersey
Thayer Birding Software