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Michael Kauffmann, Tom Parker and Michael Vasey; Photographs by Jeff Bisbee
This ground-breaking field guide covers the species and subspecies of Arctostaphylos native to western North America. The book features color photos, accurate, detailed range maps, and descriptions of each species.
This book provides in depth information about the 65 conifer species that occur in the three Pacific Coast states and beyond, color photos, accurate and updated range maps for each species, plus an elaborate key to aid with identification.
David Rains Wallace
This collection of 23 provocative essays spans the past 30 years of Wallace's career. Through meticulous research and hands on experience, he explores American culture's relationship with nature.
Harry K. Roberts
When Harry Roberts was a boy, he spent his summers at the mouth of the Klamath River, where his Irish American family was friends with a Yurok spiritual leader. This collection of stories, poems, photographs, and short essays is Harry’s account of those transformative years.
Text and Photography by David Casterson
Biologist Casterson presents fifty redwood community plants found in the redwood’s range. The text for each plant describes its characteristics and other botanical facts about it. Each plant has a grey toned photo of that plant’s foliage and flower, tintable with colored pencils.
Gordon W. Frankie, Robbin W. Thorp, Rollin E. Coville, and Barbara Ertter
In this guidebook, some of the state’s preeminent bee and botany experts introduce us to the the twenty-two most common genera of bees, describing each one’s distinctive behaviors, social structures, flight season, preferred flowers, and enemies.
Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein
This book gives practical advice for gathering edible wild plants in the Bay Area and most of coastal Northern California. You will learn where to find each of the region's most readily available plants along with clear instructions for harvesting them responsibly.
Written by Kate Marianchild; Illustrations by Ann Meyer Maglinte
In a book rich in illustration and suffused with wonder, author Kate Marianchild combines extensive research and years of personal experience to explore some of the marvelous plants and animals that the oak woodlands nurture.
Tony Rowell, Foreword by Kenneth Brower
Rowell creates a compelling nighttime landscapes awash with light from the cosmos. His new book showcases 75 iconic Sierra landmarks against the spectacular night sky.
Dr. Rick Feinberg
Includes four seasonal night sky charts, showing all major constellations, asterisms, nebula, and other objects visible with the naked eye. Includes “pointers” to orient the beginner skygazer.
Written & Illustrated by David Allen Sibley
Includes all 18 species of hummingbirds found in North America, with captions, detailed range maps, both in-flight and perched illustrations with call-outs.
Meryl King, Illustrated by Lance Anderson
This book presents the amazing geology of Humboldt County in clear and informative language. It begins deep in the Gorda Trench, where sulfurous steam vents support giant tube worms, then moves on to describe an earthquake before describing the rocks that underlie all this action.
by Kathy Biggs
Photographs by Pierre Deviche, Jim Johnson, Greg Lasley, Ron Oriti
This definitive guide describes 125 species. Includes habitat, distribution, flight periods, and behaviors for each species. Coverage includes dragonflies, skimmers, emeralds, darners, clubtails, and mixed families.
Written & Illustrated by David Allen Sibley
All 19 species of owls found in North America. Includes detailed range maps, both in-flight and perched illustrations with call-outs.
Cecilia Garcia & James D. Adams, Jr.
This informative guide covers the traditional healing uses and modern pharmacological data on 115 native plants found in California and the West. While western plants have been used in healing for thousands of years, this book carefully explains the uses of each plant for healing and the spiritual dimension of that healing process.
This superb book is an innovative natural history and hiking guide that uses conifers as a lens to explore the astounding plant diversity in the Klamath Mountains. Author/publisher Michael Kauffmann introduces readers to the magic of this little known botanical wonderland.
Kathleen Rose Smith
Celebrating Native California food gathering and preparation, K. R. Smith reveals the practices handed down through her Bodega Miwuk and Pomo ancestors, and shares how these traditions have evolved into the ways her family still enjoys wild foods.
Written & Illustrated by David Allen Sibley
48 common native and cultivated trees covered, with descriptions, size, range, illustrations of bark, leaves, blossoms, fruits and berries.
Text and Photographs by Tom Reed
This exceptional book documents three seasons of adventure in the Patagonian Andes. A unique book that successfully and powerfully evokes some of the world's most spectacular and awe-inspiring sights.
Taylor F. Lockwood
Taylor Lockwood travels the world in search of the world's most beautiful mushrooms. Through pictures, it relates the diversity of life-forms found in this very large, but still relatively little-known kingdom.
Photography by John Dittli, Essays by Mark Schlenz
This gorgeous book is the first color photography book in more than forty years about the renowned John Muir Trail of California's Sierra Nevada. This stunning collection of photographs will inspire all. The essays describe the history of the trail, the surrounding terrain, and more.
Mary F. Willson & Katherine M. Hocker
This fascinating and concise book invites readers into the world of these fascinating aquatic songbirds. How do dippers keep warm in the frigid water? What do they eat? What do their nests look like? This natural history of one of North America's most charming songbirds answers these questions, and many more.
In this first work of cultural criticism to look back at writing in the United States from the perspective of the contemporary environmental crisis, Raskin offers insights for students, teachers and lovers of literature.
John Hudson, Kathy Hocker & Robert Armstrong
This comprehensive, lavishly illustrated guide covers all of Alaska's aquatic insects and reveals many fascinating facts about them.
California is a great place for wild birds and the people who enjoy watching them! Over 600 bird species inhabit, migrate, or visit here. This lavishly photographed volume features usual and unusual birds in their wildland homes throughout California.
Gregory M. Levin, translated by Margaret Hopstein
A Man who fell in love with pomegranates and risked his life to protect their biodiversity tells his adventurous story in Pomegranate Roads. Ignoring threats, the scientist trekked across Central Asia and the Trans-Caucasus to collect 1,117 varieties of the fruit.
Photography Larry Ulrich
A companion souvenir to Wildflowers of the Plateau and Canyon Country. Twenty spectacular images from the book, plus a short introductory essay.
Written for the non-geologist, this user-friendly book leads readers on fascinating field trips to Bay Area landmarks.
If you have ever wondered how the rocks and scenery of the Sierra Nevada were formed, take this geologic guide with you on your next trip. Written for the non-geologist, this detailed guide describes 116 of the geologic attractions of the Sierra
Text and Photographs by Murray S. Kaufman
This gorgeous book presents a graceful and poignant essay about, and spectacular color photographs of, the two most important and endangered ecosystems on Earth.
Kathy Biggs, Color Photos by Rav Bruun
This first and only dragonfly field guide for California has been updated and expanded in a second edition. It provides clear, concise identification information and stunningly clear color photos of 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies.
Photography by Tim Hauf; Text by Conger Beasley Jr.
Photographer Hauf and writer Beasley blend their superb talents to capture the legendary mountain and the remote terrain of the eastern Himalaya.
Robert H. Armstrong & Marge Hermans
Discover the fascinating secrets of the unique natural world found in Southeast Alaska. This beautiful book by two residents and naturalists explores both spectacular and subtle and hidden creatures that inhabit this natural world.
Written and Illustrated by John Muir Laws
The astonishing natural diversity of the Sierra Nevada comes alive in this great field guide, at once comprehensive and yet small enough to fit in your pocket or pack.
Written & Illustrated by John Muir Laws
This book is a brilliantly illustrated, thoroughly annotated, and uniquely arranged guide that anyone — with or without formal training — can use to identify birds in the Sierra Nevada, from Lassen National Forest in the north through Sequoia National Park in the south.
Robert Armstrong and Marge Hermans
This wildlife guide covers animals and plants found around Mendenhall Glacier. Excellent color photos and text discuss flora, fauna, and more.
Mary Willson and Robert Armstrong
This colorful book provides an excellent general survey of beavers. Illustrated with excellent color photos of beavers in their natural habitats.
Edited by Bonnie J. Gisel
This writing and sketching journal offers the words and thoughts of John Muir as inspiration for naturalists, artists, poets, and anyone who puts pen or pencil to paper.
Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch & Lauret Savoy
This authoritative and easy-to-use book, a geological profile of the California coast, describes the landforms and processes that shape the coastline and beaches, documents how erosion has affected development, and discusses the options available for dealing with coastal hazards and geologic instability.
Photographs and text by Tom Reed
Foreword by Thomas Campbell
This gorgeous and moving book features black and white photos of surrounding mountains and glaciers taken from the author’s cabin. Reed’s text describes finding the land and explores the question, “How and why are humans inspired by mountain views?”
Photography Larry Ulrich
Interpretive text by Susan Lamb
This photographic essay presents Ulrich's stunning color images of wildflowers in the American Southwest, from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the high mesas of western Colorado.
Introductory Essay by Mark A. Schlenz
This fine photographic essay portrays in colorful grandeur eastern California 's unique inland sea, now protected as a National Scenic Area, and the gorgeous Sierra landscape that overlooks it.
Altschuler believes that solitude in nature is the way to confront the tests of life by observing how even the smallest forms of life survive. The author leads readers on a walk along the trails of Point Reyes National Seashore, guiding the reader toward
Twenty-four women from all walks of life offer their personal stories to inspire and awaken readers from apathy and despair to a call for action.
Robert H. Armstrong
Bob Armstrong has been photographing nature in Alaska for 50 years, both professionally and for his own enjoyment. In this book he shares a broad variety of techniques he has used, strategies for capturing great nature images, hints for different types of photographs, and ways to use your resulting photos.
Text & Photographs by Kim Heacox
Gorgeous book explores the grand landscapes, wildlife, plant life and history of Alaska's vast Denali National Park and Preserve, an area of six million acres.
James R. Jelmberg, Greg S. Goodman, Mary Breunig and Jon McLaren
This book is an inspirational instruction guide for teachers and other educators and naturalists. It breaks new ground by linking academic studies with adventure learning.
All the common dragonflies and damselflies of the Southwest
Robert Armstrong, Richard Carstensen, Mary Willson & Marge Hermans Osborn
This wildlife guide covers birds found around Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska. Mendenhall Wetlands is widely recognized as one of the key stopover points for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds in coastal Alaska.
This innovative guide, created for beginners and people unfamiliar with taxonomic language, uses thousands of small color photos and 52 icons along with brief text to clearly organize more than 520 species of plants.
David Powdrell & Hugh Margerum
This attractive book opens the door to the mysterious world of backyard botany and natural history with its captivating color photographs and fascinating research of the wildflowers of the Santa Barbara area.
John Hudson & Robert H. Armstrong
This handy book shows how to identify all 35 dragonfly species found in Alaska. With beautiful close-up color photos plus detailed line drawings, the book explores many of the fascinating aspects of dragonfly behavior.
Essays & Photographs by Kim Heacox
Gorgeous book paints a mosaic of Alaska's diverse landscapes and wildlife, from the Arctic Slope to the Inside Passage, from glaciers and grizzlies to sled dogs and caribou herds.
Fred and Randi Hirschmann
Twenty striking images of this diverse park by some of the West's best nature photographers, plus a short introductory essay.
Twenty great images by Dennis Flaherty of this mysterious inland sea, plus a short introductory essay.
A companion souvenir to the larger book.Twenty stunning images plus a short introductory essay.
Photography Tim Hauf
Text by Conger Beasley Jr.
Tim Hauf made many trips into this daunting wilderness, capturing powerful images that evoke North America's far northern reaches
Bob Stewart, Priscilla Brodkin and Hank Brodkin
Naturalist Stewart and friends follow up on his ground-breaking and highly successful Common Butterflies of California with an even more comprehensive guide to the abundant butterflies of the Southwest.
Mary Ruth Casebeer
Illustrations by Peggy Edwards-Carkeet
This concise yet detailed field guide by two California Native Plant Society members covers 48 widespread annual wildflowers in the order they bloom. It is presented in clear, readable style, simple enough for school-age plant enthusiasts.
Finally a book that makes home vineyard planting and wine grape growing accessible to anyone with even a little spare land. Tom Powers has created a how-to book filled with valuable information for the novice viticulturist.