The Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Rockies: Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Northern New Mexico

The Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Rockies: Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Northern New Mexico

by Audrey Delella Benedict

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The Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Rockies: Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Northern New Mexico by Audrey Delella Benedict


A comprehensive field and natural history guide to the Southern Rocky Mountains.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555915353
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Series: Fulcrum Guides
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Audrey Delella Benedict is a naturalist and passionate advocate for the conservation of Colorado's mountain landscape. Audrey is the author of the acclaimed A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Rockes, soon to be revised and re-released by Fulcrum Publishing. She is the founder and director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists, a 25-year old nonprofit educational organization.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     1
Mountains in the Clouds: The Southern Rocky Mountains     5
Landscape Evolution: A Geologic Introduction     53
Opening Scenes: Precambrian Landscapes     69
The Paleozoic: Mountain Islands and Desert Seas     79
The Mesozoic: Rising from the Sea     93
The Cenezoic: The Age of Mammals     110
Finishing Touches: The Quaternary     128
Climate and Weather in the Southern Rockies     148
The Winter Landscape     172
Landscape Patterns     189
Land within the Rain Shadow: The Shortgrass Prairie     199
Ecological Distribution     200
Physical Environment     201
Community Characteristics     203
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     207
Descriptions of Common Plants     211
Common Plants of the Shortgrass Prairie     213
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Shortgrass Prairie     216
Life Histories of Selected Animals     220
Common Animals of the Shortgrass Prairie     227
The Shrubland Tapestry: Semidesert, Sagebrush, and Mountain Shrublands     230
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     231
Environment and Adaptation: Shrubland Animals     237
Living Dry: Semidesert Shrublands     240
Ecological Distribution     241
Community Characteristics     241
Descriptions of Common Plants     243
Common Plants of the Semidesert Shrublands     245
Environment and Adaption: Animals of the Semidesert Shrublands     247
Life Histories of Selected Animals     247
Common Animals of the Semidesert Shrublands     252
Heart of the Rain Shadow: Sagebrush Shrublands     254
Ecological Distribution     255
Community Characteristics     256
Descriptions of Common Plants     259
Common Plants of the Sagebrush Shrublands     262
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Sagebrush Shrublands     264
Life Histories of Selected Animals     267
Common Animals of the Sagebrush Shrublands     270
A Resilient Beauty: Mountain Shrublands and Gambel's Oak Woodlands     273
Ecological Distribution     274
Community Characteristics     275
Descriptions of Common Plants     276
Common Plants of the Mountain Shrublands and Gambel's Oak Woodlands     279
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Mountain Shrublands and Gambel's Oak Woodlands     281
Life Histories of Selected Animals     283
Common Animals of the Mountain Shrublands and Gambel's Oak Woodlands     288
Sun Forests: Pinon-Juniper Woodlands     291
Ecological Distribution     291
Physical Environment     293
Community Characteristics     293
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     295
Descriptions of Common Plants     298
Common Plants of the Pinon-Juniper Woodlands     303
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Pinon-Juniper Woodlands     305
Life Histories of Selected Animals     311
Common Animals of the Pinon-Juniper Woodlands     316
Music in the Pines: Ponderosa Pine Forests     319
Ecological Distribution     320
Physical Environment     322
Community Characteristics     322
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     323
Descriptions of Common Plants     327
Common Plants of the Ponderosa Pine Forest     332
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Ponderosa Pine Forest     334
Life Histories of Selected Animals     341
Common Animals of the Ponderosa Pine Forest     345
The Raven's Forest: Douglas-fir Forests     348
Ecological Distribution     350
Physical Environment     351
Community Characteristics     351
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     352
Descriptions of Common Plants     353
Common Plants of the Douglas-fir Forest     356
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Douglas-fir Forest     358
Life Histories of Selected Animals     359
Common Animals of the Douglas-fir Forest     362
Open Country: Mountain Grasslands and Meadows     364
Ecological Distribution     365
Physical Environment     366
Community Characteristics     367
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     371
Descriptions of Common Plants     375
Common Plants of the Mountain Grasslands and Meadows     379
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Mountain Grasslands and Meadows     383
Life Histories of Selected Animals     388
Common Animals of the Mountain Grasslands and Meadows     394
Streambank and Shoreline: Mountain Wetlands     397
Ecological Distribution     398
Physical Environment     400
Community Characteristics      400
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     408
Descriptions of Common Plants     410
Common Plants of the Mountain Wetlands     416
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Mountain Wetlands     419
Life Histories of Selected Animals     425
Common Animals of the Mountain Wetlands     434
Riffle, Pool, and Tarn: Aquatic Ecosystems     438
Lotic Ecosystems: Mountain Streams and Rivers     439
Lotic Environments: Community Characteristics     441
Lentic Ecosystems: Marsh, Pond, and Lake     445
Community Characteristics     450
Common Plants of Aquatic Ecosystems     454
Life Histories of Selected Animals     455
Common Animals of Aquatic Ecosystems     458
Leaf Dance: Aspen Forests     461
Ecological Distribution     462
Physical Environment     463
Community Characteristics     464
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     468
Descriptions of Common Plants     473
Common Plants of the Aspen Forests     479
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Aspen Forests     482
Life Histories of Selected Animals     487
Common Animals of the Aspen Forests     492
The Fire Forest: Lodgepole Pine     495
Ecological Distribution     497
Physical Environment     498
Community Characteristics     498
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     500
Descriptions of Common Plants     502
Common Plants of the Lodgepole Pine Forest     506
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Lodgepole Pine Forest     508
Life Histories of Selected Animals     512
Common Animals of the Lodgepole Pine Forest     516
The Wind Forest: Bristlecone Pine and Limber Pine     518
Ecological Distribution     518
Physical Environment     522
Community Characteristics     523
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     524
Descriptions of Common Plants     525
Common Plants of the Bristlecone Pine and Limber Pine Forests     528
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Bristlecone Pine and Limber Pine Forests     529
Life Histories of Selected Animals     533
Common Animals of the Bristlecone Pine and Limber Pine Forests     535
The Snow Forest: Engelmann Spruce and Subalpine Fir     537
Ecological Distribution     538
Physical Environment     540
Community Characteristics     542
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     546
Descriptions of Common Plants     556
Common Plants of the Spruce-Fir Forest and the Forest-Tundra Ecotone     559
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Spruce-Fir Forest     562
Life Histories of Selected Animals     565
Common Animals of the Spruce-Fir Forest and the Forest-Tundra Ecotone     572
Islands in the Sky: Alpine Tundra     574
Ecological Distribution     575
Physical Environment     576
Community Characteristics     579
Plant Adaptation: Designs for Survival     594
Descriptions of Common Plants     601
Common Plants of the Alpine Tundra     604
Environment and Adaptation: Animals of the Alpine Tundra     609
Life Histories of Selected Animals     623
Common Animals of the Alpine Tundra     626
Selected References     629
Index     636

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