Arboretum Books, Journals, Biodiversity Sheets and Wildlife Crossing Signs

We have the following available for purchase: Identification Booklets, Biodiversity Identification Sheets, Journals, Wildlife Crossing Signs

Summer Garden Birds, Wildflowers, Mammals, Feeder Birds and Dragonflies: Arboretum Booklets - only $8.00 each (includes hst)

Ever wonder who is visiting your feeder or what that dragonfly might be called? How about identifying that pretty flower in the woods or who left those tracks?

To increase awareness of local wildlife, The Arboretum has put together five booklets to help you and your family connect with nature. Spring Woodland Wildflowers of The Arboretum features the showy forest flowers of May. Mammals of the Arboretum not only shows what furry animals might be in your neighbourhood, but what tracks they leave. Feeder Birds of the Arboretum covers winter birds that you might find in your backyard. Summer Garden Birds will help you identify your warm season birds. Dragonflies of The Arboretum shows the diversity of these mosquito eaters. Learn how to identify dragonflies with fun names such as meadowhawk, snaketail, amberwing, dasher and emerald. Below are a few sample pages for you to see. To purchase your copy, please contact us at . In the future, watch for more booklets in the series.

These booklets are supported by the Girling Environmental Education Endowment and the Gosling Foundation

Summer Garden Birds - 36 pages - 109 colour photographs - 61 bird species

 Summer Garden Birds, The Arboretum, University of Guelph

 Woody plants that produce berries, fruits, and seeds are important parts of any wildlife garden. Our favorites include; dogwoods, ninebark, serviceberries, oaks, cherries, sumacs, grape and Virginia Creeper. But, while these food sources are needed, the most important food source for most summer birds is insects. Almost all small birds even the ones we think of as seed-eaters, feed their young insects. Blooms attract bees, butterflies and moths; a pond attracts midges, dragonflies and damselflies; and woody plants attract a myriad of caterpillars. The wider your menu the more species of birds that will come and visit your 'restaurant'

Spring Woodland Wildflowers - 28 pages - 88 colour photographs - 42 wildflowers

 Spring Woodland Wildflowers of the Arboretum, University of Guelph

 Violets are common woodland wildflowers. There are many different species of violets and some are quite difficult to identofy. Be sure to ask yourself these questions when looking at a violet. 1, Are the leaves alternate or basal? 2, Do the leaves have sharp or blunt teeth? 3, What is the leaf shape? 4, What colour is the flower? 5, Does the lower petal have a long spur on the back? Even if your are able to answer all of these questions, there is enough variation in some violet species that you may not be able to identify it. But you can still appreciate its beauty. Picture of Downy Yellow Violet: Viola pubescens, alternate leaves are hart-shaped, bluntly toothed and downy. This is one of our most common woodland violets.

Mammals of The Arboretum - 32 pages - 77 colour photographs - 27 mammals - track identification

Mammals of the Arboretum, University of Guelph

 35-41 cm. Reddish fur, dark legs, white belly, throat and tail tip. Some with more (or all) black.

Feeder Birds of The Arboretum - 24 pages - 95 colour photographs - 53 bird species - food preferences

Feeder Birds of The Arboretum, University of Guelph

 Sitta Carolinesis, small black cap(greyish in females), plain white face, bluish upper parts, white underparts.

Dragonflies of The Arboretum - 36 pages - 128 colour photos - 36 dragonfly species - comparison pages

Dragonflies of the Arboretum, University of Guelph.

 large, shiny thorax has bright yellow spots, long abdomen, bright green eyes, note males appendages.

The Arboretum - A Natural Journal

 The arboretum a natural journal.

The front cover of the Nature Journal

A Natural Journal: the perfect gift
For yourself ... Or for a friend
A fundraising project of The Arboretum Auxiliary, this undated volume contains a centre grouping of 24 colour photographs, over 100 writing pages, and informative nature notes throughout.

Its 6 x 9 size makes it the perfect companion while travelling or hiking.
Over 3,000 copies have already been sold!

Only $10 including tax!
Available at The Arboretum Centre 
or contact us at 

Biodiversity Identification Sheets: 
A fun way to learn what is out there!

Sometimes it is easier to identify animals and plants if you can see a lot of images at once instead of looking through a book. These double-sided, 11 X 17 inch, laminated sheets allow the viewer to scan through 53 colourful images in a flash. We have field tested most of these on all ages, from preschool to retirees, with great results - everyone loves them! Some are organised to cover specific habitats and some concentrate on specific groups of organisms. The sheets also make great placemats; one of our volunteers has a 2.5-year-old grandson who can identify all of the insects on the goldenrod sheet and he learned them all while eating at grandpa and grandma's house!

There are 19 different sheets and they are $5 each or a set of 12 different ones (the first 12 sheets below - they are marked with an * ) for $50. These prices already include the tax.  Pick them up at The Arboretum Centre or contact us at 

Here are each side of the sheets. A big thank you to the photographers that donated shots for this project!

Backyard Birds (a summer side and a winter side - great for seeing what is coming to the bird feeder!) *

A selection of various birds

A selection of various birds

Caterpillars (a fuzzy/spiky/hairy side and a smooth side) *

A selection of various caterpillars

A selection of various caterpillars

Goldenrod Life (great resource for exploring a field of goldenrod in the fall) *

A selection of various insects

A selection of various insects

Mammals (mammals on one side, tracks on the other) *

A selection of various mammals

A selection of various mammal footprints

Pond Life (vernal pools on one side, permanent ponds on the other) *

A selection of various pond wildlife

A selection of various pond wildlife

Spring Woodland Wildflowers (colourful on one side, white on the other) *

Selection of various wildflowers

Selection of various wildflowers

Reptiles and Amphibians (one side) and dragonflies (other side) *

Selection of various reptiles and anphibians

Selection of various dragonflies


Butterflies (one side) and Moths (other side) *

Selection of various butterflies

Selection of various moths

Tree Leaves (see the variety of shapes and edges) *

Selection of various tree leaves

Selection of various tree leaves

Summer Field Wildflowers (what is attracting all those pollinators?) *

Selection of various wildflowers

Selection of various wildflowers

Indoor Wildlife (what can you find in your own home?) *

Selection of various indoor wildlife

Selection of various indoor wildlife

Fungi and Lichens (check out the beauty in these small organisms!) *

Selection of various fungi and liches

Selection of various fungi and liches

Warblers and Sparrows (everyone's favourites on one side and those LBJ's - little brown jobs - on the other!)

Hawks and Owls (for your raptorial pleasure)

Ducks and Wetland Birds (bird guide when it gets wet)

Spring Migrants (it's their thing to return in the spring)

Sky and Space (look up...way up!)

Spiders (Miss Muffet's favourite)

Animal Signs and Winter Seedheads (be an animal sleuth and a winter botanist!)

Wildlife Crossing Signs for Sale!

One of the biggest challenges for Arboretum Wildlife is crossing our busy roads. Hopefully our wildlife crossing signs will help remind people to obey the speed limit and watch for wildlife.

Guelph Arboretum Wildlife Crossing Sign

We sell replicas of these signs in many different designs. The 12 inch by 12 inch signs would look great in your yard, at your cottage or on your favourite student's bedroom wall. Each sign is only $10 (including tax). Designs are displayed below. Note: We are currently out of these signs - sorry for any inconvenience!

Various animal roadsigns

Available at The Arboretum Centre 
or by e-mailing