Introduction to the Plant Life of Southern California

Coast to Foothills

Author: Philip W. Rundel,Robert J. Gustafson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520241991

Category: Nature

Page: 316

View: 7356

CNHG: This is an introduction to the plant communities of the Southern California coastal areas and foothills, including color photos of 250 species and additional color habitat photos.

Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast

Author: Joan Easton Lentz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520243217

Category: History

Page: 316

View: 1462

This easy-to-use handbook is a must for anyone who wants to leave behind Southern California's noisy freeways and crowded beaches in search of the wild places where birds can be found. A perfect companion for excursions from San Luis Obispo County to the Mexican border, it is designed to familiarize birdwatchers, hikers, naturalists, residents, and travelers with the appearance and behavior of 120 of the most common coastal birds. 120 color plates.

Introduction to California Chaparral

Author: Ronald D. Quinn,Dr. Sterling Keeley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 052093900X

Category: Nature

Page: 344

View: 6332

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. Written for a wide audience, this concise, engaging, and beautifully illustrated book describes an ancient and exquisitely balanced environment home to wondrous organisms: Fire Beetles that mate only on burning branches, lizards that shoot blood from their eyes when threatened, Kangaroo Rats that never drink water, and seeds that germinate only after a fire, even if that means waiting in the soil for a 100 years or more. 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, animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects * Features 79 color illustrations, 56 black-and-white photographs, and 3 maps * Examines the role of humans and fire in chaparral, covering the placement and design of homes, landscaping, and public policy

Southern California Nature Guide

Author: Erin McCloskey

Publisher: Lone Pine International

ISBN: 9789768200556

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 2805

This volume is a guide to aid in identifying animals and plants found in Southern California. Each species is portrayed by an accurate hand-drawn color illustration. Accompanying text presents the common and scientific names of the species, descriptions of size and other identifying characteristics, natural history and fascinating facts, and where you can expect to find that species. The book is organized by color-coded categories: mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, fish, invertebrates, trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses and ferns. The author has included a full-color quick identification guide, an index and an illustrated glossary are among the features designed to enhance ease of use for the reader.

Introduction to the Geology of Southern California and Its Native Plants

Author: Clarence A. Hall Jr.

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520933265

Category: Science

Page: 512

View: 6346

With its active fault systems, complex landforms, and myriad natural habitats, southern California boasts a rich and dynamic geologic environment. This abundantly illustrated volume at last provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible resource for students and general readers interested in southern California's geology and native plants. Covering an extensive area, north from San Diego to Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada and east to the Mojave and Colorado deserts, its unique, comprehensive approach brings together for the first time the basic principles of geology, the story of plate tectonics, in-depth discussion of the geology of many specific locales within the region, and information on identifying southern California's native plants.

Edible and Useful Plants of California

Author: Charlotte Bringle Clarke

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520905801

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 5798

Both American Indians and the pioneers knew and used many different plant species-for food, fibers, medicine, tools, and other purposes. This unique book is a guide to identifying more than 220 such plants. But it goes much further-it also tells the reader how to prepare, cook, and otherwise use them. Some of the dishes for which recipes are given have won culinary prizes. All have been tested not only by the author but also by her students and by journalists-who have been uniformity surprised and impressed. The plants are organized by habitat communities. Description, photos, drawings, and distribution information are given. Where poisonous look-alikes exist, they too are illustrated. Much fascinating information about Indian uses of native and introduced species is included. The author emphasizes conservation considerations; the aim of the book is to educate the reader about intriguing uses of the plants, and to tell how to gather and use the most palatable and abundant species without damaging the environment.

Flowering plants

the Santa Monica Mountains, coastal & chaparral regions of Southern California

Author: Nancy Dale

Publisher: Capra Pr


Category: Nature

Page: 239

View: 4098

Natural History of the Islands of California

Author: Allan A. Schoenherr,C. Robert Feldmeth,Michael J. Emerson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520239180

Category: History

Page: 491

View: 7526

"This is a rich slice of information about California's islands —and so complete that it includes the less-well-known Farallon and San Francisco Bay islands. The authors' well-chosen language, style, approach, organization, and illustrations combine to carry one along like a raft passenger on a fast-moving river. I highly recommend it."—Michael G. Barbour, author of California's Changing Landscapes "Rich in biological fact and historical anecdote, this book takes us into worlds that are made dynamic by geological, evolutionary, and human events. It shows how lively and eventful California's natural landscapes really are."—Peter Steinhart, author of The Company of Wolves "This book is the best source easily available to those interested in the California islands' natural history. It gives a good overview for beginning students and the uninitiated, and enough details for more advanced audiences."—Lyndal Laughrin, Director, Santa Cruz Island Reserve, University of California

A Flora of Southern California

Author: Philip Alexander Munz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520021464

Category: History

Page: 1086

View: 3657

This book includes descriptions of more than 4,000 species, of which more than 600 are illustrated with line drawings. The bulk of the work is devoted to the systematic treatment of vascular plants, which are grouped alphabetically by family, genus, and species. There are keys for the identification of all taxa.

Introduction to California Plant Life

Author: Robert Ornduff,Phyllis M. Faber,Todd Keeler-Wolf

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520237049

Category: History

Page: 341

View: 5431

quot;Packed with new information, this revised guide will delight both the well informed and the novice." Peter Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Wildflowers of California

A Month-by-Month Guide

Author: Laird Blackwell

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520951476

Category: Nature

Page: 588

View: 8114

In this photograph-driven field guide to California’s spectacular wildflowers, Laird R. Blackwell expertly provides several ways to find them in bloom: by month, by place, and by flower. The month-by-month descriptions—found in no other statewide guide—suggest what to see and where to go throughout the state during the blooming season. The author also supplies more than 300 locations arranged in 10 geographical regions, highlighting 67 of his favorite places with detailed driving and walking directions and difficulty, blooming times, and lists of predominant wildflowers as well as a featured flower. The guide contains more than 650 color photographs by the author, including 600 species arranged by flower, with natural history notes and places and months to find the flower in bloom. Throughout, experienced wildflower guide Blackwell shares his love of the beautiful places and flowers he has visited throughout California.

California Desert Wildflowers

Author: Philip Alexander Munz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520008991

Category: Botany

Page: 122

View: 9919

'An important addition to any desert-traveler's library....By far the best booklet devoted to the flowers of the arid lands.' -- The Desert Magazine

Introduction to California Desert Wildflowers

Author: Philip Alexander Munz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520236325

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 4783

Spring in the desert provides some of the most spectacular wildflowers shows in California, making this the perfect wildflower book to pack for a day in the Mojave or Colorado Deserts.

The Chaparral Shrublands of Southern California

A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants and Animals

Author: James Kavanagh,Raymond Leung

Publisher: Waterford Press

ISBN: 9781583556832

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 4495

Familiar species, common plants, and natural phenomena are introduced in these beautifully illustrated guides to nature and the outdoors. Printed on laminated, water-resistant paper in a folded format, Pocket Naturalist® Guides are highly durable for use in the field as each title provides a portable reference to a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, butterflies, and insects. Nature enthusiasts, from the beginner to the seasoned explorer, will relish the abundance of detailed information packed within these handheld guides. This identification tool showcases more than 120 of the most common flora and fauna found in and around the Chaparral Shrublands in Southern California. From birds and butterflies to plants and vegetation, this laminated, folded guide is an ideal source of portable information for visitors and locals alike.

Roadside Plants of Southern California

Author: Thomas J. Belzer

Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company


Category: Nature

Page: 158

View: 2913

"Belzer devised this guide for the person who enjoys the outdoors and wishes to know more about the native plants of Southern California but may not have much botanical training. It serves that purpose nicely. Belzer's striking color photos and concise pl

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

Author: N.A

Publisher: Heyday

ISBN: 9781597140522

Category: Nature

Page: 366

View: 5420

A conveniently sized reference by the author of Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide provides comprehensive coverage of more than 1,700 plant and animal species complemented by quick-reference tabs, range maps, coverage of lesser-known characteristics and more than 2,800 watercolor illustrations.

Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions

Author: Arthur Shapiro

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520249577

Category: History

Page: 345

View: 9292

"With superb illustrations and concise, up-to-the-minute synopses of butterfly biology, this book is an indispensable wonder."—Robert Michael Pyle, author of Chasing Monarchs and The Butterflies of Cascadia "A masterpiece on the butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions."—Paul A. Opler, author of A Field Guide to Western Butterflies "An accessible and entertaining guide to the natural history of Bay Area and Sacramento Valley butterflies."—Carol Boggs, Stanford University

The Natural History of Big Sur

Author: Paul Henson,Donald J. Usner

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520205109

Category: Nature

Page: 416

View: 6254

Each year millions of people visit the area of rugged California coastline and wild mountains known as Big Sur. Finally here is a book that is both a natural history of this beautiful region and an excellent guide to its extensive public lands. The first section introduces the area's geology, climate, flora, fauna, and human history. The second section describes selected sites, trails, and features that are mentioned in Part One. Although Big Sur is world famous for awe-inspiring scenery, it is less known for its great ecological diversity and its significance as a haven for many species of terrestrial and marine wildlife. In no other part of the world do fog-loving coastal redwoods thrive on one slope of a canyon while arid-climate yuccas grow on the other. Similarly, sea otters and cormorants live near dry-climate creatures like canyon wrens and whiptail lizards. The area's staggering beauty and forbidding wilderness have inspired artists, poets, naturalists, and hikers--and also real estate developers. As increasing tourism, development pressure, and land-use decisions continue to affect Big Sur, this book will do much to heighten awareness of the region's biotic richness and fragility. Written in nontechnical language, with generous color photographs, drawings, maps, species lists, and a bibliography, it will attract both the casual and the serious naturalist, as well as anyone concerned about preserving California's natural heritage.

Field Guide to Grasses of California

Author: James P. Smith,Kathy Simpson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520275675

Category: Nature

Page: 448

View: 3167

This alphabetical guide covers common native and naturalized grasses of California and features over 180 color illustrations to aid identification.