Compact yet comprehensive, The Nature of California takes novice naturalists through an easy-to-read basic explanation of species, field identification tips, and the evolution of animals and plants before delving into more detailed species identification. Exhaustively researched, beautifully illustrated throughout and organized into color-coded sections, The Nature of California highlights over 325 common and unique plants, animals, and the state's outstanding natural attractions. Each listing is accompanied by a detailed full-color drawing, the species' common and scientific name, its size, a simple description and an indication of its habitat. Brief comments provide further information on each species and assist in further identification. A section at the back of the book includes maps and descriptions of California's various regions, and then listings of the major natural attractions within each of those regions. A handy checklist at the very back allows enthusiasts to keep track of the species they have personally observed.
"The Nature of California offers an agreeable overview of animals and plants casual hikers and campers are likely to encounter ... a useful book to keep with the picnic supplies or camping gear."
- LA Times
"With so many detailed guides in print, it would be tempting to overlook this book, yet it fills a valuable niche. Small and light, [it features] lovely color illustrations of several hundred species of plants, mammals, reptiles, fish and birds."
- San Francisco Chronicle
"A useful and informative guide ... this is a user-friendly book with an excellent introduction."
- Books of the Southwest Review
Series: Waterford Press Field Guides
For Ages: 10+ years old
For Grades: 5+
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st March 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised