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The Ontario Field Naturalist's Toolchest

Identify almost anything in Ontario.  Hundreds of useful books, links and gear for keen naturalists. Not a commerical website. Enjoy

Field Guides  
Best Field Guides
Future Field Guides
Species Diversity
Coffee Table Books

The Creatures
  Bird Families
  Butterflies and Moths
  Bugs Continued
  Invertebrates Continued
Mammals, Herps, Fish
Other Life
Sky and Earth
Generalized Field Guides
Field Volunteering
Field Naturalists Clubs
Other Optics
Nets etc
Recording Observations
The Future Naturalist

July 23, 2013 Added: The Warbler Guide
May 15, 2013 Added:  "Pictorial Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of the Kingston Region";  Tallgrass Ontario;  "Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians";  "Outstanding Mosses & Liverworts of Pennsylvania & Nearby States";  "Nature's Year: Changing Seasons in Central and Eastern Ontario";  "Smithsonian Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth";  "A Natural History of Canadian Mammals"; "A Pocket Guide to Butterflies of Southern & Eastern Ontario"
Dec 2012 Added "Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America", "Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera", "Spiders of Toronto", "Wildberries of Ontario", "Behavior of North American Mammals"
Jan/Feb 2011 "The Creatures" section had its links checked and update.  The Butterflies and Dragonflies sections have been separated.  Updates to the Best Field Guides and Future Field Guides sections.
November 2010 A few new books have been added.  
March 2010 Most sections are fairly complete.  Field Naturalists Clubs needs updating.  Sounds and Coffee Table Books needs organizing and the whole Gear section needs more information. The Field Volunteering section has been updated and reorganized.  

Quiz: what are these images of?

Brent Turcotte, brentturcotte at

Nipissing Area Toolchest
A series of yellow rail recordings

Laurier Woods
Currently a draft

Older Websites by Brent Turcotte:
The Outdoor Explorer's Guide A website that lists and briefly describes the incredible number of possible activities to do outdoors.  Not being updated currently.  Very incomplete.  Aborted due to the effort required to finish it and the lack of interest in it.  You may still find something of interest in it though.

Picture credits: First four taken by Brent Turcotte, last one by Laura Turcotte.  Can you figure out what each image is?  The bird taken was only the fourth sighting of it in the North Bay area.