Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits, 3rd: Mountaintop Flora and Fauna in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits, 3rd: Mountaintop Flora and Fauna in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

by Nancy G. Slack, Allison W. Bell

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This field guide to the fascinating alpine areas of New England is updated, expanded, and as practical as ever. The highest ranges of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are home to a splendid world of alpine flowers, colorful mosses and lichens, and many animals that survive there despite the difficult terrain and extremely severe weather. Climate change, invasive species, and human impact all threaten the specialized high-elevation flora and fauna treasured for their perseverance and rarity. With 350 full-color photographs, an easy-to-reference flowering chart, and expert advice, this guide helps you identify and protect the plants, birds, insects, amphibians, and mammals of the alpine zone.
Inside You’ll Find: Photos and descriptions of nearly 200 mountain speciesExpanded entries focusing on unusual and interesting plants and animalsCoverage of the Presidential and Franconia ranges, Mount Mansfield, and KatahdinInformation on exploration, geology, weather, and alpine plant communitiesResults of recent alpine research, as well as citizen science initiatives

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934028889
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr. Nancy G. Slack is a plant ecologist, alpine researcher, and Adirondack 46er. She isProfessor emerita of Biology at the Sage Colleges, New York.

Allison W. Bell is anaturalist,designer and photographer in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is an AMC Volunteer Naturalist and has led programs on northeastern mountains since 1986.

Slack and Bell also coauthored Adirondack Alpine Summits: An Ecological Field Guide (2007). Combined, they have enjoyed 100 years of of climbing to see alpine plants in bloom.

Table of Contents


Early Exploration
Weather & Climate

Chapter 1
From the Trailheads—an Ecological Hike Up the Mountain
The Northern Hardwood Forest & Transition Zones
The Spruce-Fir Forest Zone
The Balsam Fir Forest Zone
Into the Krummholz

Chapter 2
The Alpine Zone
Those Amazing Alpine Plants
Herbaceous Plants
Trees & Shrubs
Clubmosses & Ferns
Grasses, Sedges, & Rushes
Mosses, Liverworts, & Lichens
Adaptations of Alpine Plants
Alpine Plant Communities
Animals of the Alpine Zone
High-Elevation Amphibians
Insects and Spiders

Chapter 3
Success Story—Dwarf Cinquefoil
Alpine Snowbed Project
Summit Stewards & Other Protection Efforts

Chapter 4
Phenology & Mountain Plant Monitoring
Mountain Watch Programs

Selected References
About the Authors
Appalachian Mountain Club
AMC in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine
AMC Book Updates
Flowering Chart for Identifying New England Alpine Plants

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