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A Field Guide to Eastern Forests: North America

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This field guide includes all the flora and fauna you're most likely to see in the forests of eastern North America. With 53 full-color plates and 80 color photos illustrating trees, birds, mammals, wildflowers, mushrooms, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, moths, beetles, and other insects.

Contained in one easy-to-use, pocket-sized book is information on birds, trees, wildflowers, mushrooms, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians, and more. Profusely ...

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Overview

This field guide includes all the flora and fauna you're most likely to see in the forests of eastern North America. With 53 full-color plates and 80 color photos illustrating trees, birds, mammals, wildflowers, mushrooms, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, moths, beetles, and other insects.

Contained in one easy-to-use, pocket-sized book is information on birds, trees, wildflowers, mushrooms, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians, and more. Profusely illustrated in color and black and white.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This latest edition to the ``Peterson Field Guide'' series seeks to train the reader to recognize patterns that define a woodland. Calling his book a ``field guide to ecology,'' Kricher introduces basic ecological concepts and describes notable field marks that define a particular environment. Twenty-seven types of forest communities east of the Rockies are described in terms of their characteristic indicator species. Illustrative plates, many of which are in color, accompany these descriptions. Seasonal processes within the forest are also discussed. This book, when used in conjunction with appropriate field guides, is an excellent introduction for the amateur naturalist who wants to see the forest as a whole. Recommended. Laurie Bartolini, Lincoln Lib., Springfield, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395928950
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 218,263
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Morrison is a well-known naturalist whose work has been praised by Roger Tory Peterson as "Marvelous, beautiful, excellent . . . Morrison's work is so inspiring that I wish such clear material was available when I was slowly learning ecology. . . . We owe a debt of gratitude to Gordon for his interpretive skills as an artist. He is a superb teacher who uses visual methods." Robert Bateman likened his work to that of Albrecht Durer and Andrew Wyeth. Gordon Morrison makes his home in Massachusetts.

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 How to Use This Book
2 Forest Field Marks
3 Eastern Forest Communities
Communities of Plants and Animals
Eastern Forest Communities
Eastern Deciduous Forest Communities
Southern Forest Communities
4 Disturbance and Pioneer Plants
Ecological Succession: The Process of Vegetation Development Over Time
Landscape Patches, Forest Fragmentation
5 Adaptation
6 Patterns of Spring
Flower Structure and Pollination
Amphibians in Spring
Birds in Spring
Mammals - Dispersal and Road Kills
7 Nature in Summer
Trees: Geometry, Leaf Size, and Leaf Angle
Habitat and Growth Form in Plants
Patterns of Fruiting and Seed Dispersal
Milkweed Ecology
Patterns of Insect Or Spider Camouflage and Mimicry
Distraction Patterns of Butterflies
Leaf Rollers, Folders, Tiers, and Miners
Patterns of Bird Nesting
8 Autumn and Winter
Soil Natural History
The Decomposers
Plants in Fall
Birds: Mixed Foraging Flocks
Mammals: Vole Cycles
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    I am forestry lover

    I am direct related to the forestry,man and nature are very co-related.forests help every person for the existrence of the life

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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