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Nic and Randi Minetor

About Nic and Randi Minetor

Nic and Randi Minetor are the photographer and researcher/author team behind 20 published guides on birding, hiking trails, historic cities, and America’s national parks.

Their titles include Backyard Birding: A Guide to Attracting and Identifying Birds (Lyons Press, 2011), and five books in the Best Easy Day Hikes series (FalconGuides, 2010 and 2011) on hiking trails in New York state, including Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and the Hudson River Valley.

They have also published five books in the National Parks Pocket Guide series (FalconGuides, 2008 and 2009), on Great Smoky Mountains, Acadia, Everglades, and Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, and Gulf Islands National Seashore. Two more guides on Cape Cod and Assateague Island National Seashores will be released as e-books.

Residents of Rochester, NY, Nic and Randi have explored and photographed New York State’s wildlife and natural resources for more than 30 years. 

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Wildflowers of New York

Title: Wildflowers of New York: A Guide to Common Native Species
ISBN: 978-1-943334-34-6
Author: Nic Minetor and Randi Minetor

With more than 90 close-up, brilliant photos grouped by color, this guide is your key to understanding when and where flowers bloom, which are native to New York State, and which you may want to add to your own garden for a non-stop, season-long riot of color.

Loaded with wildflowers that thrive in city parks, on mountainsides, in urban and suburban gardens, in forests and pine barrens, and in fertile wetlands, this guide becomes your go-to reference.

Text about each flower provides a list of characteristics—from petal arrangement to height—to help you tell one flower from another. This laminated, double-sided, six-panel guide turns every nature walk or Sunday bike ride into an exciting learning experience.

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Trees of the New York

Title: Trees of the New York: A Guide to Common Native Species
ISBN: 978-1-943334-33-9
Author: Nic Minetor and Randi Minetor

What are the trees in your Adirondack campground, or along the boulevard in your neighborhood? aNow you can identify them quickly with this convenient, easy-to-use field guide, containing more than 60 vibrant color photos.

Grouped by mature size and photographed to display their most distinguishing characteristics—leaf shape, flower, seed, nut, or fruit—common native trees in this guide can be found from Niagara Falls State Park to the Taconic State Parkway, and from Montauk to the heart of the High Peaks region.

Accompanying text points out the unique features of each tree, to help you tell one tree from another in no time. Six double-sided, waterproof panels fold up to fit into your back pocket, waist pack or purse.

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Wildflowers of the Mid-Atlantic States

Title: Wildflowers of the Mid-Atlantic States: A Guide to Common Native Species 
ISBN: 978-1-943334-25-4
Author: Nic Minetor and Randi Minetor

More than 90 brilliant photos, grouped by color, make this your go-to guide for nature walks and choosing native species for your own garden. This six-panel, laminated guide is your key to understanding when flowers bloom, which are native to the mid-Atlantic region, and where you may find each one.

Loaded with wildflowers that thrive in city parks, on mountainsides, in urban and suburban gardens, in forests and pine barrens, and in fertile wetlands, this guide provides a list of characteristics for each flower—from petal arrangement to height—to help you tell one flower from another. Best of all, you’ll learn which flowers are native to the area, to strengthen your garden’s offerings for birds, bees, and butterflies.

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Trees of the Mid-Atlantic States

Title: Trees of the Mid-Atlantic States: A Guide to Common Native Species
ISBN: 978-1-943334-35-3
Author: Nic Minetor and Randi Minetor

More than 60 vibrant color photos help you identify the trees in your yard, in your favorite park, in the mountains and in meadows, wetlands and salt marshes.

Grouped by mature size and photographed to display their most distinguishing characteristics—leaf shape, flower, seed, nut, or fruit—common native trees in this guide can be found from the Poconos to the Cape May nature preserves, and throughout Delaware and Maryland as well.

Accompanying text points out the unique features of each tree, to help you tell one tree from another in no time. Six double-sided, waterproof panels fold up to fit into your back pocket, waist pack or purse.

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Birds of New York: A Guide to Common and Notable Native Species


ISBN: 978-1-936913-58-9
Authors: Randi Minetor and Nic Minetor

Created for beginning and intermediate birders, this easy-to-use guide provides an introduction to the wide variety of bird species that frequent New York throughout the state’s four distinct seasons.

From spring’s joyous return of colorful migrating birds to the parade of winter waterfowl that hug the shores of the Great Lakes and Long Island, this guide provides 135 stunning digital photos—including the 15 most common female birds—to help you determine which species you see. Seven double-sided, laminated, waterproof panels fold into a handy size that fits in your daypack, waist pack, or glove compartment.

Whether you’re hiking trails in the Adirondacks, exploring Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, driving through the Catskills, or spending a weekend in the Finger Lakes, this simple guide will help you identify the birds you see.

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