Sierra Nevada Natural History / Edition 2by Tracy I. Storer, David Lukas, Robert L. Usinger
Pub. Date: 09/01/2004
Publisher: University of California Press
The magnificent and much-loved Sierra Nevada, called the "Range of Light" by John Muir, is the dominant feature on the California landscape. First published forty years ago, this handbook has become an enduring natural history classic, used by thousands to learn more about virtually every aspect of this spectacular mountain rangefrom its superb flora and… See more details below
The magnificent and much-loved Sierra Nevada, called the "Range of Light" by John Muir, is the dominant feature on the California landscape. First published forty years ago, this handbook has become an enduring natural history classic, used by thousands to learn more about virtually every aspect of this spectacular mountain rangefrom its superb flora and fauna to its rugged topography. Comprehensive yet concise and portable, the book describes hundreds of species: trees and shrubs, flowering plants and ferns, fungi and lichens, insects and fish, amphibians and reptiles, and birds and mammals. Now completely updated and revised, it will continue to be the essential guide to the Sierra Nevada for a new generation of hikers, campers, tourists, naturalists, students, and teacherseveryone who wants to know more about this unique and beautiful mountain range.
* Describes more than 750 of the species most likely to be encountered with more than 500 new color photographs and 218 detailed black-and-white drawings
* Includes engaging and accessible introductory sections on Sierra Nevada topography, climate, geological history, and human history
* The compact, updated species accounts make identification easy, provide informative remarks on ecology and life history, and note which species are threatened or endangered
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments for This Edition
Acknowledgments for the First Edition
Plant and Animal Distribution
The Changing Landscape
Ownership and Management in the Sierra
Good Conduct in the Sierra
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I asked a highly respected person and quite knowledgeable in birds (a regular speaker for the Annual Snow Goose Festival, held each year end of January) for his top two choices for bird reference books. This California Natural History Guide as well as The Law's Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada , by John Muir Laws came highly recommended. Anyone who lives in the Sierra Nevadas or just has an interest in ALL types of wildlife: flora and fauna, will find these books a necessity for ones personal library. Also, there are many photos to help with identification. Both paper back books are easy enough to carry while hiking.
This book provides a comprehensive view of the most common flora and fauna found throughout the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Its organization and depth of study is first-rate. Color plates give the reader a sense of the grandeur of the mountain range, while black-and-white drawings and photographs are detailed enough for interested people to do field study while camping, hiking or skiing. This book is considered a classic in its genre, and can give even novice naturalists a broad overview of the Sierra Nevada, one of the most majestic, yet accessible, wilderness regions in the world.