Nature Lover's Guide to the Big Thicket

Nature Lover's Guide to the Big Thicket

by Howard Peacock
     
 

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Whether this is your first trip to the Big Thicket or your five hundredth, this handy guide will lead you down paths and waterways that are a nature lover's dream.

America's first designated national preserve, the Big Thicket in Southeast Texas harbors at least a thousand species of flowering plants, two hundred species of birds, fifty kinds of reptiles, twenty

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Whether this is your first trip to the Big Thicket or your five hundredth, this handy guide will lead you down paths and waterways that are a nature lover's dream.

America's first designated national preserve, the Big Thicket in Southeast Texas harbors at least a thousand species of flowering plants, two hundred species of birds, fifty kinds of reptiles, twenty species of mammals, two hundred species of wild trees and shrubs, and even four kinds of carnivorous (meat-eating) plants. The ten different ecosystems that support this unique diversity range from arid sandylands to cypress sloughs, from lordly upland forests to mud-crusted flats dappled by palmetto fronds. Small wonder, as popular nature writer Howard Peacock tells us, that the region has been called the "Biological Crossroads of North America" or even, as conservation efforts have focused on it, "America's Ark."

Nature Lover's Guide to the Big Thicket offers tips on identifying plants and animals residing in the area, suggestions on trails to follow, and descriptions of sights to see and recreational opportunities to enjoy. It provides photographs to help plan your visit and checklists to record it. It's a book for the hip pocket, the car seat, the table by a reading chair. Let it lead you now in a leisurely tour—or many such tours—of this special 95,000-acre spot of earth.

Editorial Reviews

Jay Milner

"Anyone thinking about visiting this special place should read Tush Hog's book first, in order to be fully prepared for what they will encounter there."--Jay Milner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890965894
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Series:
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series, #15
Pages:
169
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.87(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author


Howard Peacock, freelance nature writer and "Big Thicket guide par excellence," was a leader in the Save the Big Thicket national campaign. He has conducted museum seminars on the Big Thicket, led workshops for nature writers, and written many nature articles. He is the author of one earlier book on the Big Thicket and the editor of The Nature of Texas, also published by Texas A&M University Press.

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