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Southern Sanctuary

Author: Marian Moore Lewis
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817357831
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A year-long exploration of a wildlife preserve near Huntsville, Alabama, Southern Sanctuary offers a richly illustrated and handsome introduction to the scenic beauty and biodiversity of plants and animals native to the Southern Appalachians.

A Coast For All Seasons

Author: Miles O. Hayes
Publisher: Pandion Books
ISBN: 0981661807
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Illustrations, photographs and satellite imagery enhance a narrative that presents hard science and makes it accessible and very human. This is a book that investigates the changing face of the coastline through erosion, hurricanes and climate change. This is a book that matters.

The Young Naturalist S Guide To Florida

Author: Peggy Lantz
Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc
ISBN: 1561643777
Size: 27.27 MB
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A completely updated edition discusses the most interesting plants, birds, insects, and reptiles that inhabit Florida's wild regions, including the coral reefs, salt marshes, and the Everglades. Original.

A Naturalist S Guide To Wetland Plants

Author: Donald D. Cox
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815651848
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A nontechnical illustrated guidebook to the ecology of freshwater wetlands in Eastern and Central North America.

A Birder S Guide To Southern California

Author: Brad Schram
Publisher: American Birding Association
ISBN: 9781878788238
Size: 21.80 MB
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A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA All serious North American birders eventually end up in Southern California. This is not due to Hollywood, Disneyland, or Malibu beaches. The vast, varied topography that is Southern California has recorded over 555 naturally occurring bird species, many of which are near endemics to its geography. Each of Southern California's many habitats offers its own specialties, and this guide will help you to find them all. Sooner or later, dedicated birders must come to Southern California. The birding routes, with instructions and exact mileages between suggested stops, guide resident and visiting birders to hundreds of birding sites. New to this edition are chapters covering Kern River Valley, the rugged Clark Mountain wilderness, southeastern California's Blythe region, Sespe Condor Sanctuary, coastal Ventura County, and birding hot spots in suburban San Fernando Valley.

Little Dipper

Author: Marlene Denessen
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469101157
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I would like to pose a series of questions to those of you who might read this book. Imagine what it might be like to go alone to a different country, stay in a rustic one-room cabin in the woods near the sea, and become disengaged from the phone, e-mail, the Internet, and even the TV and to do this for an extended period of time. What might you do? What might happen to you? This is the story of such an experience. I went north to Canada in an open-hearted spirit of seeking. I carried with me a meditation practice, a spiritual mind-set, the knowledge of sixty-some years of living and little else. I desired to live a basically simple and simply basic life for several weeks during three separate seasons. For the first time in my life, I learned how it feels and what it means to stop. Little Dipper is a memoir of that experience and of some of the surprises that occurred when I let go into the present moment.

Arctic Autumn

Author: Pete Dunne
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547607369
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The Arctic doesn't spring to mind when most people think about autumn. Yet in his continuing effort to invite readers' curiosity through unpredictability, Pete Dunne chose to pair the transitional season of autumn with this fragile environment in flux. The book begins on Bylot Island in Nunavut, Canada, at the retreating edge of the seasonal ice sheet, then moves to Alaska, where the needs of molting geese go head to head with society's need for oil. Then on to the Barren Lands of Canada, and a search for the celebrated caribou herds that mean life and death for human and animal predators alike. A canoe trip down the John River is filled with memories, laughter, and contemplation; a caribou hunt with a professional trapper leads to a polemic on hunting; and Pete travels to an island in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, to look for rare birds and ponder the passionate nature of competitive bird listers. No trip to the Arctic would be complete without a trip to see polar bears, so Pete and his wife visit Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world. These majestic, but threatened, creatures lead Pete to think about his own life, our interactions with the natural world, and the importance of the Arctic, North America's last great wilderness.

Border Sanctuary

Author: Morgan Jane Morgan
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 1623493242
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The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge lies on the northern bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, about seventy miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico. In Border Sanctuary, M.J. Morgan uncovers how 2,000 acres of rare subtropical riparian forest came to be preserved in a region otherwise dramatically altered by human habitation. The story she tells begins and ends with the efforts of the Rio Grande Valley Nature Club to protect one of the last remaining stopovers for birds migrating north from Central and South America. In between, she reconstructs a two hundred-year human and environmental history of the original “two square leagues” of the Santa Ana land grant and of the Mexican and Tejano families who lived on, worked, and ultimately helped preserve this forest on the river’s edge. As border issues continue to present serious challenges for Texas and the nation, it is especially important to be reminded of the deep connection between the region’s human and natural history from the long perspective Morgan provides here.