Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast

Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast

Author: Joan Easton Lentz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520243218

Category: History

Page: 344

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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 Birds of the Southern California Coast

Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast

Author: Joan Easton Lentz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520237803

Category: History

Page: 316

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"Coastal southern California offers some of the best birdwatching anywhere. The best way to learn about the birds here would be to go on a field trip with Joan Lentz, but if you can't do that, reading this book is the next best thing. Joan shares her knowledge of birdlife with clear, graceful writing and with contagious enthusiasm, making this book the perfect introduction to the subject."--Kenn Kaufman, author of Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America "Joan Lentz has a gift for making the complex world of birds and birding accessible to the beginner and the casual enthusiast, and through this gift she celebrates in this attractive volume the bird-rich coastal regions of the nation's most ornithologically diverse state. I hope and expect that Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast will expand the numbers of citizens who appreciate and strive to preserve our imperiled coastal habitats."--Kimball L. Garrett, Ornithology Collections Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County "A 5th generation and lifelong California resident, Joan Lentz has the ability to communicate her extensive knowledge to birders of all levels. This book introduces a whole new generation of birders to the wonders of the southern California coast--it will be invaluable to birders of all levels of expertise."--Jon Dunn

Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

Author: Rich Stallcup

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520276161

Category: Nature

Page: 310

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The Northern California coast--from Monterey County to the Oregon border--is home to some of the richest avian habitats on the North American continent. Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast provides a comprehensive ecological overview of this extensive and diverse region. It features detailed discussions of the area's most common waterbirds, raptors, and landbirds and highlights the most productive birding sites in each Northern California coastal county. Accessibly written and user-friendly, this guide contains nearly 250 species accounts that focus on seasonal rhythms and behavioral characteristics of each species. More than 130 color photographs and hand-drawn sketches depict the birds in context, and maps and occurrence charts indicate when readers might spot each species.

Introduction to California Chaparral

Introduction to California Chaparral

Author: Ronald D. Quinn

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520245662

Category: History

Page: 345

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This book will introduce general readers to the plants and animals associated with chaparral and review for biologists and land managers its natural history, ecology, and management challenges.

Introduction to Air in California

Introduction to Air in California

Author: David Carle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520245318

Category: Nature

Page: 282

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"Before you take another breath, find out everything you need to know about what's in your air. David Carle has made California's most complicated environmental resource problem accessible and interesting."--Mary D. Nichols, Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment "Before you take another breath, find out everything you need to know about what's in your air. David Carle has made California's most complicated environmental resource problem accessible and interesting."--Mary D. Nichols, Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment

Afoot and Afield: San Diego County

Afoot and Afield: San Diego County

Author: Jerry Schad

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 9780899978024

Category: Travel

Page: 512

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Since 1986, Jerry Schad's Afoot and Afield: San Diego County has been the premier trail guide for hikers, backpackers, and mountain bikers. It describes routes ranging from brief, family-friendly hikes to multiple-day overnight trips in remote regions of the backcountry, providing equal weight to the scenic and recreational value of each trip. Each route features at least one or more significant botanical, cultural, or geological highlight with detailed information about what makes each one significant. The book's lengthy history as the preferred hiking guide for the region creates trust and recognition in its readers, while the variety within the book caters to a wide population of recreational enthusiasts. Current co-author Scott Turner has fully updated the book by re-hiking each of the routes contained within the book and adding (up to) 30 new routes to ensure that information for each trip is fully current.

Introduction to Fire in California

Introduction to Fire in California

Author: David Carle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520255777

Category: Nature

Page: 216

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“Carle does an excellent job of telling complex social, biological, and physical stories in a way that makes them not only accessible, but also interesting.”—Neil G. Sugihara, coeditor of Fire in California's Ecosystems “A welcome contribution to the California Natural History Guides series that integrates the natural and cultural history of fire in California in an engaging style.”—James K. Agee, author of Steward's Fork and Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests

Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region

Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region

Author: Doris Sloan

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520241268

Category: Nature

Page: 353

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"You can't really know the place where you live until you know the shapes and origins of the land around you. To feel truly at home in the Bay Area, read Doris Sloan's intriguing stories of this region's spectacular, quirky landscapes."—Hal Gilliam, author of Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region "This is a fascinating look at some of the world's most complex and engaging geology. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an understanding of the beautiful landscape and dynamic geology of the Bay Area."—Mel Erskine, geological consultant "This accessible summary of San Francisco Bay Area geology is particularly timely. We are living in an age where we must deal with our impact on our environment and the impact of the environment on us. Earthquake hazards, and to a lesser extent landslide hazards, are well known, but the public also needs to be aware of other important engineering and environmental impacts and geologic resources. This book will allow Bay Area residents to make more intelligent decisions about the geological issues affecting their lives."—John Wakabayashi, geological consultant

Geology of the Sierra Nevada

Geology of the Sierra Nevada

Author: Mary Hill

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520936942

Category: Science

Page: 468

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Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada—the longest, highest, and most spectacular mountain range in the contiguous United States. Hill takes us from the time before the land which would be California even existed, through the days of roaring volcanoes, violent earthquakes, and chilling ice sheets, to the more recent history of the Sierra's early explorers and the generations of adventuresome souls who followed. The author introduces the rocks of the Sierra Nevada, which tell the mountains' tale, and explains how nature's forces, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, faulting, erosion, and glaciation formed the range's world-renowned scenery and mineral wealth, including gold. For thirty years, the first edition of Geology of the Sierra Nevada has been the definitive guide to the Sierra Nevada's geological history for nature lovers, travelers, hikers, campers, and armchair explorers. This new edition offers new chapters and sidebars and incorporates the concept of plate tectonics throughout the text. * Written in easy-to-understand language for a wide audience. * Gives detailed information on where to view outstanding Sierra Nevada geology in some of the world's most beloved natural treasures and national parks, including Yosemite. * Provides specific information on places to see glaciers and glacial deposits, caves, and exhibits of gold mines and mining equipment, many from Gold Rush times. * Superbly illustrated with 117 new color illustrations, 16 halftones, 39 line illustrations, and 12 maps, and also features an easy-to-use, interactive key for identifying rocks and a glossary of geological terms.

Field Guide to California Agriculture

Field Guide to California Agriculture

Author: Paul Starrs

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520265431

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 494

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"This book brings to life one of the most creative (and necessary) human endeavors and makes understandable the incredible complexity of California agriculture, one of the world's most daring experiments in feeding itself. A valuable resource that should be read by everyone—not just those of us who farm, but all of us who depend on farms."—Michael Ableman, farmer, photographer, and author of From the Good Earth, On Good Land, and Fields of Plenty. "No understanding of this state is possible without an understanding of its agriculture; that's how important this subject is."—Gerald Haslam, author of Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California "A fascinating, intriguing, and sometimes even humorous exploration of California's agriculture, from broccoli to marijuana and beyond. At long last, a book everyday people can read to understand the state's biggest industry."—Louis Warren, University of California, Davis