Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada
Written and Illustrated by John Muir Laws
About the author and creation of this guide:
Naturalist, educator and artist John Muir Laws received as B.S. in conservation and resource studies at the University of California, Berkeley; an M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; and a certificate in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a research associate of the California Academy of Sciences and the author of Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, also available from Bored Feet.
Laws has created this ground-breaking, landmark field guide as the product of six years of intensive fieldwork, research, painting, field-testing, collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, and the help of some of the best naturalists throughout the state.
From the back cover:
A comprehensive field guide to the natural wonders of the Range of Light
In this ground-breaking and meticulously field-tested guide, the rich variety of Sierra life — trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, insects, and other small animals — comes alive.
Easy-to-use features include:
- Intuitive organization, color tabs, and simple keys
- Similar-looking species side by side
- Over 2800 full-color illustration
- Range maps of species that are otherwise difficult to distinguish
- Index of common and scientific names
- Lightweight and compact — ideal for backpacking
Impressively detailed and comprehensive, the guide includes:
- Over 1700 species
- Descriptions of behavior, adaptations, and interactions between species
- Species and topics not found in most guides &"8212; aquatic life, spiders and webs, plankton, plant galls, bark beetle galleries, animal tracks and evidence, seasonal star charts, weather patterns, and cloud formations