New York State is a great place to learn about and explore wildlife, owing to its wide geographical reach, varied topography, and diversity of ecosystems. The Empire State touches Lake Ontario and the Atlantic Ocean and covers the Eastern Adirondack Mountains. Across this extensive area are mixed forests, pine forests, grasslands, rivers, freshwater marshes, and saltwater marshes, all of which host an abundance of wildlife. Perhaps the most emblematic animal is state mammal Beaver, though there are other iconic species like state bird Eastern Bluebird, Monarch butterfly, Black Bear, and Common Snapping Turtle. It is both inspiring and challenging to get acquainted with such a wide variety of animals, so it is useful to cut through the clutter and focus on a smaller sample of the most familiar species. You can do this with the portable reference New York State Wildlife, which features beautiful illustrations of 140 common mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and butterflies as well as an ecoregion map showing over 20 wildlife-viewing hotspots and learning sites. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, 12-panel folding pocket guide is the ideal companion for educators, learners, naturalists, birders, and wildlife enthusiasts who wish to forge deeper connections with the land through its attendant animals. Made in the USA.