Wisconsin's Natural Communities: How to Recognize Them, Where to Find Them

Wisconsin's Natural Communities: How to Recognize Them, Where to Find Them

by Randy Hoffman, R. Hoffman
     
 

    Cattails grow in a marsh, pitcher plants grow in a bog, jewelweed grows in a swamp, right? Do sandhill cranes live among sandy hills? Frogs live near lakes and ponds, but can they live on prairies, too? What is a pine barrens, an oak opening, a calcareous fen?
    Wisconsin’s Natural Communities is an

Overview

    Cattails grow in a marsh, pitcher plants grow in a bog, jewelweed grows in a swamp, right? Do sandhill cranes live among sandy hills? Frogs live near lakes and ponds, but can they live on prairies, too? What is a pine barrens, an oak opening, a calcareous fen?
    Wisconsin’s Natural Communities is an invitation to discover, explore, and understand Wisconsin’s richly varied natural environment, from your backyard or neighborhood park to stunning public preserves.Part 1 of the book explains thirty-three distinct types of natural communities in Wisconsin—their characteristic trees, beetles, fish, lichens, butterflies, reptiles, mammals, wildflowers—and the effects of geology, climate, and historical events on these habitats. Part 2 describes and maps fifty natural areas on public lands that are outstanding examples of these many different natural communities: Crex Meadows, Horicon Marsh, Black River Forest, Maribel Caves, Whitefish Dunes, the Blue Hills, Avoca Prairie, the Moquah Barrens and Chequamegon Bay, the Ridges Sanctuary, Cadiz Springs, Devil’s Lake, and many others.
    Intended for anyone who has a love for the natural world, this book is also an excellent introduction for students. And, it provides landowners, public officials, and other stewards of our environment with the knowledge to recognize natural communities and manage them for future generations.

Editorial Reviews

Anyone enjoying the outdoors in Wisconsin will benefit from this knowledgeable description of its varied environment. Thirty-three distinct natural communities are described, including their geology, climate, history, flora, and fauna. The remainder of the volume lists 50 natural areas, with maps, lists of natural elements, and directions. Hoffman is a natural-areas management specialist with the Bureau of Endangered Resources in Wisconsin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299170844
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Randy Hoffman is a natural-areas management specialist with the Bureau of Endangered Resources, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. A past president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, he was the first person in Wisconsin to record sightings of more than 300 species of birds in one calendar year. He lives in Waunakee.

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