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Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams
Plants, Fishes, Invertebrates, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Michael A. Miller, Katie Songer, and Ron Dolen

Best Regional General Interest Books, selected by the American Association of School Librarians

Best Regional General Interest Books, selected by the Public Library Reviewers

A unique and much-needed field guide covering both plants and animals, useful for Wisconsin and neighboring states and provinces

From bubbling spring-fed headwaters to quiet, marshy creeks and tannin-stained northern reaches, Wisconsin is home to 84,000 miles of streams. This guide is the ultimate companion for learning about the animals and plants in Wisconsin streams. A collaborative effort by dozens of biologists and ecologists, Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams is accessible to anglers, teachers and students, amateur naturalists, and experienced scientists alike.

More than 1,000 images illustrate the species in this field guide. These images are augmented by detailed ecological and taxonomic notes, descriptions of look-alike species, and distribution maps. The guide identifies:

  • more than 130 common plants
  • all 120 fishes known to inhabit Wisconsin streams
  • 8 crayfishes
  • 50 mussels
  • 10 amphibians
  • 17 reptiles
  • 70 families of insects
  • other commonly found invertebrates.

Michael A. Miller is a stream ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources whose professional interests include watershed and stream ecology and management. Katie Songer is an environmental scientist, educator, and writer who has worked with AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Ron Dolen is an environmental scientist and educator who has conducted watershed studies and trained citizen volunteer stream monitors at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


“Well-done field guide filled with an abundance of photographs and line drawings. . . . The book is small and lightweight, making it convenient for use in the field. . . . Will benefit any amateur or professional in the field, particularly because of the many helpful images.”

“The perfect portable reference and . . . very highly recommended for Wisconsin’s nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.”
Midwest Book Review

“Great illustrations, clear and practical information, and breadth of coverage make this guide a winner. It will be a go-to resource for amateurs and professionals drawn to Wisconsin's streams.”
—Emily Stanley, University of Wisconsin

“A wonderful guide to the biota of Wisconsin and Great Lakes regional streams and their environs. I wouldn’t want to be streamside without this guide in my pack!”
—Steve Born, coauthor of Exploring Wisconsin Trout Streams

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June 2014
LC: 2013017555 QH
336 pp.   5 1/2 x 8 1/2  
735 color illus., 467 drawings,
357 maps

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Paper $29.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-29454-0
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