The Sibley Guide to Trees by David Allen Sibley is an illustrated guide to over 600 species of trees in North America. It is a comprehensive and accessible guide that condenses a huge amount of information about tree identification into a logical, easy-to-use format. The book is organized taxonomically, with all related species grouped together, and features over 4100 illustrations.
The book also includes essays on taxonomy, the cultivation of trees, and conservation issues, reflecting Sibley’s deep concern with habitat preservation and environmental health. It is written for birders, as birds and trees go together, and is sure to become the new benchmark in field guides to trees.
The main themes of the book are tree identification, conservation, and the relationship between birds and trees. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the trees around them, and especially so to fellow birders.
What I Liked
I loved the depth and breadth of illustrations. It’s really incredible.
What I Did Not Like
So, this might seem petty, but the size and shape of the book is odd. It’s both too big and too small. I wish it were more of a standard size with more pages.