A Field Guide to the Ecology of Western Forests

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Representative of a new generation of field guides that go beyond identification to include interpretation, combine wildlife and plant life in a single volume, and describe the interrelationships within an ecosystem. Paper edition (46724-1), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395467244
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/15/1993
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.49 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Plates
1 How To Use This Book 1
2 Forest Ecology 13
Essay: Plant-Herbivore Wars 33
3 Life Zones 45
4 Widespread Western Mammals and Birds 51
Essay: Elk and Sexual Selection 52
Essay: Pale Rump Patches 57
Essay: Antlers and Horns 59
Essay: The Selfish Herd and the Solitary Hunter 66
5 West Meets East: Great Plains Forests 85
Prairie Riparian Forest 86
Essay: The Eastern Kingbird's Dual Personality 90
Essay: Lumping and Splitting on the Great Plains 93
Black Hills Forest 95
Essay: What is a Community? 100
6 South Texas Forests 103
Gulf Coast Live Oak Forest 104
Edwards Plateau Forest 109
Essay: Mexican Birds 116
Lower Rio Grande Forest 118
Essay: Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Corridor 126
East Texas Pine Forest 127
7 Rocky Mountain Forests 131
Great Basin Desert 133
Shortgrass Prairie 137
Pinyon-Juniper Forest 140
Essay: The Interlocking Fates of Jays and Pinyons 147
Ponderosa Pine Forest 149
Essay: Bird Guilds 156
Aspen Grove 158
Lodgepole Pine Forest 166
Essay: Was Smokey Wrong? The Role of Fire 173
Riparian Forest 176
Spruce-Fir Forest 183
High Pine Forest 191
Timberline-Alpine Tundra 198
Animals of the Alpine Tundra 205
Essay: The Social Orders of Marmots 209
8 Southwest Forests 214
Arroyo and Desert Scrub 217
Essay: Sonoita Creek, Oasis in the Desert 226
Mexican Madrean Foothill Forest 228
Arizona Madrean Foothill Forest 235
Arizona Canyon Riparian Forest 243
Southwest Mountain Forest 251
Essay: Arizona's Occasional Parrot 259
Chihuahua Desert 261
Essay: How a Grassland Becomes a Desert 266
Giant Saguaro Cactus Forest 268
Essay: Saguaro: Keystone Species of the Bajada 279
9 Sierra Nevada Forests 281
Mid-elevation Pine Forest 284
Giant Sequoia Grove 293
Essay: Why So Many Kinds of Chipmunks? 301
Montane Fir Forest 304
Essay: Bird Space 310
Subalpine Forest 311
Sagebrush-Pinyon Forest 317
Essay: From Sierra to Cordillera 321
10 California Forests 323
California Oak-Pine Woodland and Savanna 325
Essay: California's Cooperative Woodpecker 334
California Chaparral 336
California Coastal Forest and Scrub 345
Essay: California's Unique Flora 354
California Riparian Forest 355
Redwood Forest 363
Southern California Desert Scrub 371
Essay: Ancient Western Forests 375
Mojave Desert Joshuatree Forest 377
11 Pacific Northwest Forests 381
Temperature Rain Forest 383
Essay: Rain Forests and Biodiversity 399
Douglas-fir Forest 401
Essay: The Logging Controversy 410
Northwest Riparian Forest 416
Subalpine Evergreen Forest 425
Northwest Subalpine Meadows 433
Essay: Succession on Mount St. Helens 441
Northwest Oak-Pine Forest 443
12 Boreal Forests of Canada and Alaska 451
Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest 453
Boreal Bog 462
Timberline-Arctic Tundra 466
References 475
Common and Scientific Names 480
Index 518
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