Introduction to the Plant Life of Southern California: Coast to Foothills California Natural History Guides

In addition to discussing each of these areas in depth, this book also emphasizes ecological factors such as drought, seasonal temperatures, and fire that determine which plants can thrive in each community. It covers such important topics as non-native invasive plants and other issues involved with preserving biodiversity in the ecologically rich yet heavily populated and increasingly threatened area.

This book, with its engaging text and attractive illustrations, for the first time provides an ecological framework for the plants and their environments in the coast and foothill regions of Southern California, an area that boasts an extremely rich flora. Coastal beach and dune habitats, chaparral, grasslands, woodlands, coastal and interior sage scrub, riparian woodlands, and wetlands all contribute unique plant assemblages to Southern California.

It will introduce a wide audience―from general readers and students to natural history and outdoor enthusiasts―to Southern California's plant communities, their ecological dynamics, and the key plants that grow in them. 327 color photographs provide overviews of each plant community and highlight key plant species * Describes more than 300 plant species * Covers the counties of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, western Riverside, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, and the Channel Islands * Includes a list of public areas and parks for viewing Southern California's plant communities .

Field guides often provide little ecological information, or context, for understanding the plants they identify.

How To Identify Plants

Used book in Good Condition. Harrington who was professor of botany and Curator of the Herbarium at Colorado State University, gives step-by-step instructions and definitions to help readers recognize and classify plants. First issued in 1957 by swallow Press, this classic guide to the art of plant identification is now familiar to an entire generation of students.

Durrell's drawings and glossary—more than 500 images—have been digitally enhanced for clarity. The new printing has been reset and reformatted, and L. W.

Birds of Southern California

This pocket-sized photographic guide features over 550 stunning color photographs of the birds of Southern California along with their descriptions, voice, behavior and where and when to find each species. Used book in Good Condition. The bird habitats of Southern California are described as well as the basics of observing and identiying birds.


Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary

Professional botanists often need several years in the field to master this terminology, and it presents a daunting obstacle to the student of botany. That is the purpose of this volume. Plant identification Terminology provides over nineteen hundred clear illustrations of terms used in plant identification keys and descriptions.

Plant identification employs an extensive and complex terminology. The meaning of most botanical terms, however, is immediately apparent when an illustration is available. Used book in Good Condition. It also includes definitions for more than twenty-seven hundred taxonomic terms.

The Chaparral Shrublands of Southern California: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants & Animals Wildlife and Nature Identification

Chaparral, the shrub-dominated landscape found in-between the coast and the mountains, is California's most extensive ecosystem and can be found in every single county in the state. This beautifully illustrated guide, insects, cacti, highlights over 140 familiar species of trees and wildflowers, reptiles and amphibians, birds, produced with the assistance of the San Diego Audubon Society and other partners, mammals and their tracks.

Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Proceeds from the sale of this guide go in part to further the work of the sponsoring partner. Made in the USA. Www. Waterfordpress. Com used book in Good Condition.


Introduction to California Chaparral California Natural History Guides

Written for a wide audience, and beautifully illustrated book describes an ancient and exquisitely balanced environment home to wondrous organisms: Fire Beetles that mate only on burning branches, engaging, this concise, Kangaroo Rats that never drink water, and seeds that germinate only after a fire, lizards that shoot blood from their eyes when threatened, even if that means waiting in the soil for a 100 years or more.

The characteristic look of california chaparral―a soft bluish-green blanket of vegetation gently covering the hills―is known to millions who have seen it as the backdrop in movies and television productions. This complex ecological community of plants and animals is not just a feature of the hills around Hollywood, but is a quintessential part of the entire California landscape.

It is a highly resilient community adapted to life with recurring fires and droughts. Useful both as a field guide and an introductory overview of the ecology of chaparral, it also provides a better understanding of how we might live in harmony, safety, and appreciation of this unique ecological community.

Identifies chaparral’s common plants, and insects * features 79 color illustrations, animals, covering the placement and design of homes, landscaping, and 3 maps* Examines the role of humans and fire in chaparral, birds, reptiles, amphibians, 56 black-and-white photographs, and public policy Used book in Good Condition.


National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

The most comprehensive field guide available to the flora and fauna of California--a portable, essential companion for visitors and residents alike--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. This compact volume contains:an easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1, butterflies, preserves, wildlife habitats, beaches, covering geology, mammals, islands, mushrooms, clouds and weather patterns and night sky;An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, trees, and wildlife sanctuaries, mosses, ecology, fishes, forests, 000 of the state's wildflowers, amphibians, birds, and much more;A complete overview of California's natural history, reptiles, fossils, rocks and minerals, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others.

The guide is packed with visual information -- the 1, 300 photographs, and 16 night-sky charts, 14 maps, 500 full-color images include more than 1, as well as 150 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals. Used book in Good Condition.


Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County

Used book in Good Condition. Schoenherr. Explore the paths and trails of southern california s wildlife in reading Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of the Open Spaces in Orange County, by Dr Allan A. This book highlights an impressive array of information and photographs that creates a resource valuable to both the reader in the comfort of their home and the hiker ascending up the trail.

You will be hard-pressed to find another book that is such a wonderful blend of incredible photography and informative material. Provided in this 232-page book is an abundance of illuminating information about what can be glimpsed from the creatures, habitats, plants, and landscapes that constitute the open spaces in Orange County.


Roadside Geology of Southern California

With dazzling color maps, diagrams, and photographs, roadside Geology of Southern California takes advantage of this newfound knowledge, combining the latest science with accessible stories about the rocks and landscapes visible from winding two-lane byways as well as from the region’s vast network of highways.

Join arthur sylvester, a geologist-illustrator, and elizabeth o’black gans, an award-winning UC Santa Barbara geologist, as they motor through mountains and deserts to explore the iconic features of the SoCal landscape, from boulder piles in Joshua Tree National Park and brilliant white dunes in the Channel Islands to tar seeps along the rugged coast and youthful cinder cones in the Mojave Desert.

. Whether you want to find precious gemstones, ponder the mysteries of the Salton Sea, or straddle the boundary between the North American and Pacific Plates, be sure to bring this book along as your tour guide. Used book in Good Condition. Since mountain press started the Roadside Geology series forty years ago, southern Californians have been waiting for an RG of their own.

During those four decades―which were punctuated by jarring earthquakes and landslides―geologists continued to unravel the complexity of the Golden State, crashes, where some of the most dramatic and diverse geology in the world erupts, and collides.

Introduction to California Desert Wildflowers, Revised Edition California Natural History Guides

Includes 220 new color photographs and 123 detailed drawings * now identifies more than 240 wildflowers in informative, engaging species accounts * Covers such popular destinations as Death Valley, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree National Park Used book in Good Condition. Color photographs. Easy-to-use, it has now been thoroughly updated and revised throughout, and comprehensive, portable, making it the perfect guide to take along on excursions into the Mojave and Colorado Deserts.

In fact, california's deserts support a surprisingly rich diversity of plants and animals year-round, making them a rewarding destination for outdoor enthusiasts as well as professional naturalists. Detailed drawings. Some of the most spectacular and famous spring wildflower displays in California occur in the state's deserts.

Paperback. First published forty years ago, this popular field guide has never been superseded as a guide to the wildflowers in these botanically rich areas.

California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora

This definitive guide features more than 500 species, along with detailed descriptions, fascinating natural history stories, and handy tree and wildflower color identification charts. Used book in Good Condition. Paperback. With his vibrant photographs and lively writing, Matt Ritter takes the reader on a journey through the Golden State's iconic landscapes and abundant plant life.

Detailed drawings. Color photographs. California Plants is an essential resource for outdoor enthusiasts.