Arboretum Books, Journals, Biodiversity Sheets and Wildlife Crossing Signs

some of the booklets and biodiversity sheets available for sale

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

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.

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'

 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  - only $10.00 (includes hst)

This lovely little journal book is 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.

 The arboretum a natural journal.

The front cover of the Nature Journal

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! - only $5 each (includes hst)

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 21 different sheets and they are $5 each. 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 birdsA selection of various birds

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

a selection of atmospheric conditionsa selection of space phenomenon

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

A selection of various insectsA selection of various insects

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

A selection of various mammalsA selection of various mammal footprints

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

A selection of various pond wildlifeA selection of various pond wildlife

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

Selection of various wildflowersSelection of various wildflowers

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

Selection of various reptiles and anphibiansSelection of various dragonflies

Butterflies (one side) and Moths (other side) 

Selection of various butterfliesSelection of various moths

Tree Leaves (see the variety of shapes and edges) 

Selection of various tree leavesSelection of various tree leaves

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

a selection of signs of specific animalsa selection of winter seedheads

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

Selection of various indoor wildlifeSelection of various indoor wildlife

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

Selection of various fungi and lichesSelection of various fungi and liches

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

a selection of warblersa selection of sparrows

Hawks and Owls (for your raptorial pleasure)

a selection of hawks and falconsa selection of owls

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

a selection of ducksa selection of wetland birds

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

a selection of spring migrantsa selection of spring migrants

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

A selection of various caterpillarsA selection of various caterpillars

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

Selection of various wildflowersSelection of various wildflowers

Spiders (Miss Muffet's favourite)

a selection of spidersa selection of spiders

Beetles (the most biodiverse group of species in the world!)

beetle biodiversity sheet - side 1beetle biodiversity sheet - side 2

Native Tree Fruits and Seeds (how our woody plants disperse themselves)

tree fruits and seeds biodiversity sheet - side 1tree fruits and seeds biodiversity sheet - side 2


Wildlife Crossing Signs! (we are currently sold out of these so they are not available)

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