The California Naturalist Handbook

Author: Greg de Nevers,Deborah Stanger Edelman,Adina Merenlender

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520954610

Category: Nature

Page: 280

View: 622


The California Naturalist Handbook provides a fun, science-based introduction to California’s natural history with an emphasis on observation, discovery, communication, stewardship and conservation. It is a hands-on guide to learning about the natural environment of California. Subjects covered include California natural history and geology, native plants and animals, California’s freshwater resources and ecosystems, forest and rangeland resources, conservation biology, and the effects of global warming on California’s natural communities. The Handbook also discusses how to create and use a field notebook, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and collaborative conservation and serves as the primary text for the California Naturalist Program.

A Natural History of California

Second Edition

Author: Allan A. Schoenherr

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520295110

Category: Nature

Page: 736

View: 6009


In this comprehensive and abundantly illustrated book, Allan A. Schoenherr describes the natural history of California—a state with a greater range of landforms, a greater variety of habitats, and more kinds of plants and animals than any area of equivalent size in all of North America. A Natural History of California focuses on each distinctive region, addressing its climate, rocks, soil, plants, and animals. The second edition of this classic work features updated species names and taxa, new details about parks reclassified by federal and state agencies, new stories about modern human and animal interaction, and a new epilogue on the impacts of climate change.

Citizen Scientist

Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction

Author: Mary Ellen Hannibal

Publisher: The Experiment

ISBN: 1615193987

Category: Science

Page: 432

View: 1764


A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2016: “Intelligent and impassioned, Citizen Scientist is essential reading for anyone interested in the natural world.” Award-winning writer Mary Ellen Hannibal has long reported on scientists’ efforts to protect vanishing species, but it was only through citizen science that she found she could take action herself. As she wades into tide pools, spots hawks, and scours mountains, she discovers the power of the heroic volunteers who are helping scientists measure—and even slow—today’s unprecedented mass extinction. Citizen science may be the future of large-scale field research—and our planet’s last, best hope.

The Historical Ecology Handbook

A Restorationist's Guide to Reference Ecosystems

Author: Dave Egan

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610913345

Category: Reference

Page: 488

View: 8812


The Historical Ecology Handbook makes essential connections between past and future ecosystems, bringing together leading experts to offer a much-needed introduction to the field of historical ecology and its practical application by on-the-ground restorationists. Chapters present individual techniques focusing on both culturally derived evidence and biological records, with each chapter offering essential background, tools, and resources needed for using the technique in a restoration effort. The book ends with four in-depth case studies that demonstrate how various combinations of techniques have been used in restoration projects. The Historical Ecology Handbook is a unique and groundbreaking guide to determining historic reference conditions of a landscape. It offers an invaluable compendium of tools and techniques, and will be essential reading for anyone working in the field of ecological restoration.

Rocks and Minerals of California

Author: Vinson Brown,David Allan,James Stark

Publisher: Naturegraph Pub


Category: Nature

Page: 200

View: 898


Combines systematic descriptive entries on the minerals and rocks found in California with topographical area maps and county-by-county listings of exact locations of the various minerals and rocks