A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain and Southwest Forests
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A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain and Southwest Forests

by Gordon Morrison, Roger Tory Peterson, John C. Kricher
     
 

This comprehensive field guide includes all the flora and fauna you're most likely to see in the forest communities of the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. It includes 53 color plates and more than 80 color photos illustrating trees, birds, mammals, wildflowers, mushrooms, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, beetles, and other insects.

Overview

This comprehensive field guide includes all the flora and fauna you're most likely to see in the forest communities of the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. It includes 53 color plates and more than 80 color photos illustrating trees, birds, mammals, wildflowers, mushrooms, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, beetles, and other insects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395928974
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Peterson Field Guides Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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Prairie Riparian Forest Plate 4

Indicator Plants Canopy Trees: Green Ash, Ashleaf Maple (Box-elder), Eastern Cottonwood, Peachleaf Willow, Water Birch, Quaking Aspen, Bur Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Shin Oak, Post Oak, Blackjack Oak, American Elm, Bitternut Hickory, Shagbark Hickory, Northern Hackberry, Black Oak.
Understory Trees and Shrubs: Red-osier Dogwood, Pussy Willow, Missouri Willow, Heartleaf Willow, Sandbar Willow, Desert Ironwood, Black Raspberry, Smooth Sumac, Common Buttonbush, Common Witch-hazel, Common Chokecherry, juneberries, hawthorns, Coralberry, Red Baneberry.
Herbaceous Species: Virginia Creeper, Trumpet Creeper, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Winter Grape, Kudzu-vine (local), Globeflower, Stinging Nettle, Canada Violet, Cardinal Flower, Solomon’s-seal, and various grasses and sedges.

Indicator Animals Birds: Eastern Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-headed Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Bullock’s Oriole, Red-headed Woodpecker, Green-backed Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, American Kestrel, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood- Pewee, Tree Swallow, House Wren, Gray Catbird, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown- headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow.
Mammals: River Otter, Mink, Muskrat, Raccoon, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Eastern Cottontail.
Reptiles: Painted Turtle, False Map Turtle, Northern Water Snake.
Amphibians: Woodhouse Toad, Northern Leopard Frog.

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.

John Kricher's works include the Peterson Field Guides to Eastern Forests, Rocky Mountain and Southwestern Forests, and California and Pacific Northwest Forests .

John Kricher's works include the Peterson Field Guides to Eastern Forests, Rocky Mountain and Southwestern Forests, and California and Pacific Northwest Forests .

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