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The magnificent and much-loved Sierra Nevada, called the "Range of Light" by John Muir, dominates 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 range -- from 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 teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520240964
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: California Natural History Guides Series , #73
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 429,420
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy I. Storer was Professor of Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, coauthored California Grizzly with Lloyd P. Tevis, Jr. (California, revised edition 1996), and wrote many other books and articles. Robert L. Usinger was Professor of Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Aquatic
Insects of California
(California, 1959), among other publications. David Lukas is a professional naturalist and author of Wild Birds of California (2000) and Watchable Birds of the Great Basin (1999).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments for This Edition xiii
Acknowledgments for the First Edition xv
Physical Features 6
Climate 11
Geological History 15
Plant and Animal Distribution 19
The Changing Landscape 24
Ownership and Management in the Sierra 29
Good Conduct in the Sierra 31
Fungi 35
Lichens 43
Mosses 49
Ferns 53
Flowering Plants 61
Shrubs 107
Trees 133
Miscellaneous Animals 169
Insects 185
Fishes 235
Amphibians 247
Reptiles 257
Birds 269
Mammals 347
References 385
Plate Credits 389
Index 393
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended, invaluable resource!

    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.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    A Nature Lover's Classic

    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.

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