Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains

Overview

Each year over 2 million visitors to New Mexico's Sandia Mountains enjoy more than 100 miles of trails, hiking, climbing, running, biking, skiing, and birding, as well as viewing the mountains from hang gliders and hot air balloons. This guide will assist visitors in discovering the diverse natural features of the Sandias.

Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains includes sections on ecology, including weather and fire, geology, flora (grasses, flowers, trees) and fauna (arthropods, ...

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Overview

Each year over 2 million visitors to New Mexico's Sandia Mountains enjoy more than 100 miles of trails, hiking, climbing, running, biking, skiing, and birding, as well as viewing the mountains from hang gliders and hot air balloons. This guide will assist visitors in discovering the diverse natural features of the Sandias.

Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains includes sections on ecology, including weather and fire, geology, flora (grasses, flowers, trees) and fauna (arthropods, reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals), and recreational opportunities. Plant keys and fauna checklists add to the book's features.

Rather than a comprehensive field guide, the selections offer the most commonly encountered species in each category, presenting information on just over 100 species of flowers, for example, among almost 500 species that can be found in the mountains.

A labor of love conceived by the Sandia Ranger District and the New Mexico Friends of the Forest (now known as Friends of the Sandia Mountains), this book is a resource no visitor to the Sandias should be without.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826336675
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2005
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,379,575
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Julyan is the author of numerous travel and New Mexico-related books. He resides in Carnuel, New Mexico, a small community just outside Albuquerque.

Mary Stuever is the state timber management officer with New Mexico's State Forestry Division. Her syndicated column "The Forester's Log" appears in newspapers in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has published essays in such works as A Mile in Her Boots and served as one of the editors for Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains (UNM Press).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Forest Service and Sandia Pueblo Management Agreement
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Ecology of the Sandia Mountains 9
Ch. 3 Weather in the Sandia Mountains 13
Ch. 4 Fire in the Sandia Mountains 15
Ch. 5 Geology of the Sandia Mountains 19
Flora of the Sandia Mountains
Introduction 49
Ch. 6 Grasses, fungi, lichens, mosses, and others 51
Ch. 7 Wildflowers 61
Ch. 8 Coniferous trees and shrubs 105
Ch. 9 Broad leaf trees and shrubs 113
Ch. 10 Tree diseases 125
Fauna of the Sandia Mountains
Introduction 127
Ch. 11 Arthropods 129
Ch. 12 Reptiles and amphibians 143
Ch. 13 Birds 151
Ch. 14 Mammals 169
Ch. 15 Human presence in the Sandia Mountains 197
Ch. 16 Place names of the Sandias 217
Ch. 17 Hiking trails 227
Ch. 18 Cross-country skiing and winter recreation 235
App Key to some trees of New Mexico 240
Sandia field guide team and contributors 251
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