Natural History of the Berkshires

The Berkshires — a secluded paradise filled with rolling hills, scenic overlooks, mansions (referred to as “cottages” around here) reminiscent of an earlier era, and rich with a vibrant cultural life. Visit our wonderful region in person, or from the comfort of your armchair with one of these beautiful literary excursions.

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Birds of Berkshire County

by Barlett Hendricks
An extensive list of the many birds you will find in our lovely Berkshire Hills, including an index score of your chances of seeing a particular species, and specific locations where they are most likely to be seen.

Skiing in Massachusetts

by Cal Conniff and E. John B. Allen
In 1910, the Boston Sunday Herald reported that skiers were swarming over the Newtons, Middlesex Falls, and Blue Hills. The Berkshires provided splendid terrain, and the skiing was inexpensive.

Naumkeag

by Trustees of Reservations
Naumkeag, a gilded age “Berkshire Cottage,” perches on the upper edge of 46 acres of pasture, woodland and gardens in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This book, published by the Trustees of the Reservation, provides wonderful insight into this Berkshire treasure.

Wildflowers of the Berkshires: Where and When They Bloom (Wildflowers of the Berkshires, #1)

by Phyllis Pryzby
This book includes lists of flowers blooming along specific trails during the beginning and end of each month from April through October.

Return to Arcadia

by Maureen Hickey
The Berkshires is a place whose beauty many artists have celebrated over the years. This collection of 19th Century Berkshire County landscapes, viewed solely for the beauty of the works or in the context of the times that shaped the artists, is a welcome survey of the Berkshires as a place and symbol of much natural beauty.

Wildflowers of the Berkshires: Where and When They Bloom (Wildflowers of the Berkshires, #2)

by Phyllis Pryzby
This book includes lists of flowers blooming along specific trails during the beginning and end of each month from April through October.