Florida: The Ecotravellers Wildlife Guide

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Travellers go to Florida for sun, sand, and surf, but increasingly also to explore Florida's incredible natural attractions: stunning subtropical scenery, wonderful hiking and bird-watching trails, exceptional fishing, boating, and canoeing, the wet wilderness of Everglades National Park, the continental US's only coral reefs, and glimpses of exotic wildlife. This book has all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about Florida's magnificent animal, plant, and sea life. Identification, location, and conservation information on the most frequently sighted animals. Full-color illustrations of more than 600 of Florida's most common insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and plants. Information on the underwater animals most snorkelers and divers actually see. Photos and information on Florida habitats and on the most common plants you will encounter. Brief descriptions of the region's most frequently visited parks and reserves. Easy to carry, entertainingly written, beautifully illustrated-you will want to have this book as constant companion on your journey.

Audience: Ecotourists, natural history amateurs, birdwatchers, mammal watchers, and ecotour companies.

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For tourists who would rather go birdwatching than visit Disney World, here is a guide to the most commonly encountered animals in the state (including underwater animals for snorkelers and divers) and coverage of the state's geography and habitats, parks, and reserves. Color photographs and illustrations show various habitats, flora, and fauna, including 85 amphibians and reptiles, 60 insects, 35 mammals, 200 birds, and 175 fish. Ecotourism is defined as an interest in enjoying wildlife in a particular area, including a desire to help preserve it, and the book includes information about the environmental hazards to Florida's wild areas. Fiona Sunquist is a science writer, Mel Sunquist works in wildlife ecology at the University of Florida, and Lisa Beletsky is a professional wildlife biologist and zoology teacher. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126769852
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Ecotourism 1
Ch. 2 Florida: Geography and Habitats 6
Ch. 3 Parks and Reserves 24
Ch. 4 Environmental Threats and Conservation Programs 44
Ch. 5 How to Use This Book 54
Ch. 6 Amphibians 62
Ch. 7 Reptiles 75
Ch. 8 Birds 100
Ch. 9 Mammals 190
Ch. 10 Insects and Other Arthropods 223
Ch. 11 Coral Reef Wildlife 226
References and Additional Reading 231
Habitat Photos 233
Identification Plates 247
WCS Conservation Work in North America 489
Species Index 499
General Index 518
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