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Overview

Travellers to Hawaii increasingly leave the beach for part of their stay to explore the island's incredible natural attractions: stunning mountain scenery, wonderful hiking trails, glimpses of birds, many of them highly endangered, that occur nowhere else in the world. In this book is all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about Hawaii's unique land animals, plants and sea life. The author visited national parks and nature reserves, discussed wildlife with local and international experts, and then selected for color illustrations and photos about 400 of Hawaii's most common insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals--the species you are most likely to see. In one easy-to-carry, entertainingly written, beautifully illustrated book, you will have as a constant companion on your journey.

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

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Editorial Reviews

Adrian Barnett
Erudite, informative, and readable, this sensibly indexed, well-printed and sturdily bound book (it'll stand a few rough weeks in a rucksack) is the kind of guide than an ecotourist to the area really needs.
NEW SCIENTIST
Birds
The illustrations are superb, the text simple and direct ('Jaguar - you will know it when you see it'). If you go, take this book.
Bryan Bland
The information on identification, distribution, ecology, behavior, conservation, and habitats is enlivened by fascinating 'environmental close-ups' - intriguing reading for spare moments or to stimulate post-prandial group discussions.
BRITISH BIRDS
Copeia
...these books would be my first choice as an introduction to the natural environments of these beautiful parts of the world. For those who enjoy well-illustrated field guides, these volumes are a visual treat.
Gordon Hamlett
These are books I would certainly want to read before a visit.
BIRDWATCHING
Jennifer Howard
Moving from the urban to the wild, a new breed of guidebooks focuses on flora and fauna (and not in the way Harold Gatty did). The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides grew out of its nature-loving author's frustration that 'I could not locate a single book to take along on a trip that would help me identify all the types of animals that really interested me.' So Beletsky wrote one that did. Combining natural history -lore, habits, best places to spot each creature- with pointers on specific sites and background on the state of conservation in the region today.
THE WASHINGTON POST
Nick Baker
There are so many bad guides on the market trying to do what this book does so simply and so well. ...few are written with the same authority and attention to detail that wildlife biologist and zoology lecturer Les Beletsky has brought to bear in this volume. It could be the best (money) you spend all trip.
BBC WILDLIFE
WINGING IT
...it is the treatment of frogs and snakes that makes these volumes worth taking along.
Booknews
In a volume endorsed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a Seattle wildlife biologist profiles Hawaiian habitats, flora, and fauna for the environmentally-conscious tourist. Includes 86 color plates and a species index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120848133
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Ecoturism and Hawaii.
Hawaii: Natural History, Geography, and Climate.
Habitats and Common Vegetation.
Parks, Preserves, and Getting Around.
Environmental Threats and Conservation.
How to Use this Book: Ecology and Natural History.
Amphibians and Reptiles.
Birds.
Mammals.
Underwater Hawaii.
Insects and Other Arthropods.
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