The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

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Publisher: Heyday
ISBN: 9781597140522
Format: PDF, ePub
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A conveniently sized reference by the author of Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide provides comprehensive coverage of more than 1,700 plant and animal species complemented by quick-reference tabs, range maps, coverage of lesser-known characteristics and more than 2,800 watercolor illustrations.

Geology of the Sierra Nevada

Author: Mary Hill
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520936942
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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.

Trees of the California Sierra Nevada

Author: George A. Petrides
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811731669
Format: PDF
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Identify nymphs, tie imitations, and fish them successfully Casting, finding lies, detecting the strike, fishing depth, tackle, proper presentation Insights into the retrieve, nymphing the film, and finding fish in still water Basic nymph fishing approach and presentation teams with trout physiology--what the trout sees and hears. A pictorial key to identifying nymphs is based on reliable, nonscientific characteristics that the beginner can use on stream. Presenting the fly correctly and detecting the strike are particularly elusive skills, and even the veteran fly fisher will find something useful.

Birds of the Sierra Nevada

Author: Edward C. Beedy
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520274938
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This beautifully illustrated and user-friendly book presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen. In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.

A Sierra Club Naturalist s Guide to the Sierra Nevada

Author: Stephen Whitney
Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
ISBN: 9780871562166
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Drawings, photographs, maps, and diagrams enhance a guide to the geology, climate, plants, and animals of the foothill, forest, and mountain zones of the Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

Author: Verna R. Johnston
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520224884
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"[This] book is indeed a 'naturalist's companion,' one which will enhance anyone's time in the Sierra Nevada. . . . Johnston focuses on what we are most likely to see by carefully choosing and then highlighting important and characteristic species; her descriptive passages are a pleasure."—Ann Zwinger, author of Yosemite: Valley of Thunder

Sierra Birds

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Publisher: Heyday
ISBN: 9781890771782
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The California Academy of Sciences naturalist and author of The Laws Field-Guide to the Sierra Nevada presents a conveniently sized introduction to regional birds that includes color-coded keys for easy reference and a cross-index for more advanced birders.

Wild Plants of the Sierra Nevada

Author: Ray S. Vizgirdas
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874177893
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada is the longest continuous mountain range in the US. It contains over 50 percent of California's total flora, approximately 405 plant taxa endemic to the Sierra, and 218 taxa that are considered rare. This guide is suitable for botanists, and readers interested in the traditional uses of native plants.

Plants of the Tahoe Basin

Author: Michael Graf
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520215832
Format: PDF
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"The reader could hardly be disappointed with this book. More than simply a 'flower key, ' it deftly describes each species and its requirements for survival in the high Sierra. In addition to presenting an impressive collection of spectacular photographs, Graf describes the myriad physical aspects of the Basin which control the flora's vitality, its evolution and its future. This is a wildflower book with the depth and richness that will satisfy Tahoe plant lovers for a long time to come."--Joseph L. Medeiros, Sierra College

Sierra East

Author: Genny Smith
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520239142
Format: PDF, Docs
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"There are few more spectacular drives on Earth than Highway 395 along the foot of the great granite wall of the Sierra Nevada. In Sierra East, Genny Smith and her team of experts tell the story of that amazing terrain, and its fantastic contours, molded by tectonic upthrusts and Pleistocene glaciers; its spectacular weathers; its amazing diversity of plant and animal life; and the human struggles over its life-giving waters."--Harold Gilliam, author of Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region "For those of us who live within the Sierra East territory, this is the 'right' side of California. It is a wondrous place to visit. This book is not a superficial tourist guide to what you may see from the scenic overlooks. It is a real guidebook covering all the natural and unnatural history as well as geology, weather, and water. There are thorough descriptions of plants and animals you may wander across plus information on how they cope with the extreme rigors of the high mountains and harsh deserts."--Sally Gaines, co-founder of the Mono Lake Committee "This is the first comprehensive natural history of the Eastern Sierra. An outstanding team of authors, with years of experience in the region, meets the challenge of covering their specialties from the Mojave Desert to the tops of 14,000-foot mountains. This diverse material is uniformly accessible in a readable style."--Frank L. Powell, Director, White Mountain Research Station, University of California, San Diego