Item description for National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado by Peter Alden, Brian Cassie, John Grassy, Jonathan D. Kahl, Amy Leventer, Daniel Mathews & Wendy B. Zomlefer...
Overview Identifies the different types of plant and animal life in this region, and offers an overview of its natural history
Publishers Description Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States belongs in the home of every Rocky Mountain resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor. This compact volume contains:
An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more;
A complete overview of the Rocky Mountain region's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns, and the night sky;
An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, mountains, forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others.
The guide is packed with visual information -- the 1,500 full-color images include more than 1,300 photographs, 11 maps, and 16 night-sky charts, as well as more than 100 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals.
For everyone who lives or spends time in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming, there can be no finer guide to the area's natural surroundings than the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States.
Peter Alden, principal author of this series, is a birder, naturalist, author, and lecturer. He has led nature tours to more than 100 countries for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lindblad Travel, Friends of the Harvard Musum of Natural History, and cruises on all the world's oceans. Author of books on North American, Latin American, and African wildlife, Peter organized an event called Biodiversity Day in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts.
John Grassy, author of the habitats, conservation and ecology, and parks and preserves section of this guide, is an educator, conservationist, and writer. He lives with his family in Three Forks, Montana.
Citations And Professional Reviews National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado by Peter Alden, Brian Cassie, John Grassy, Jonathan D. Kahl, Amy Leventer, Daniel Mathews & Wendy B. Zomlefer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 04/15/1999 page 1506
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.39" Width: 4.11" Height: 0.87" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 23, 1999
ISBN 0679446818 ISBN13 9780679446811
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More About Peter Alden, Brian Cassie, John Grassy, Jonathan D. Kahl, Amy Leventer, Daniel Mathews & Wendy B. Zomlefer
RICHARD K. WALTON is director and co-founder of the Monarch Monitoring Project for the New Jersey Audubon, a non-profit organization that promotes environmental awareness and conservation. He has studied at Hobart College and Lesley College.
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Reviews - What do customers think about National Audubon Society Regional Guide to the Rocky Mountain States?
Nice Field Guide Nov 16, 2007
We have several of these - one for the Mid-Atlantic, one for California, and so when we were planning a trip to the Rockies region, we didn't hesitate to go ahead and purchase this one. These are great field guides. Not as comprehensive as specific guides would be, i.e., a single guide for birds, another for trees, another for mammals, etc..., but there's enough information here to help you identify most of what you might see in an area. Also gives some nice information about local preserves and parks, places to go, places of interest from a naturalist standpoint, and has wonderful photography of wildlife throughout. A great, basic guide.
Really useful guide Aug 29, 2007
This is an essential guide book that no nature lover should be without. It includes sections on the flora and fauna of the region, plus lots of other useful information for outdoor sports lovers, including guides to all the national parks in the area. If you love hiking but don't know what birds or insects you're seeing along the route, this is the book for you--there are color pictures of all the creatures, with descriptions of their distinctive features, habitat, and behavior. Also, it's small enough that it can actually fit into your jacket, backpack or (large) pocket, so you won't be tempted to leave it at home.
Helpful guide Aug 16, 2007
I just moved to Colorado, and this is a great, affordable option to buying separate guides for birds, trees, insects, and minerals. There is so much information packed into the book, and yet it is small enough to take on any hike.
Best field guide for your pack in most Rockies trips Oct 26, 2004
This is not the most thorough of all field guides imaginable but it is easily the best that I can imagine that you could take with you in the field. It really is pocket-sized! It will fit in the shirt pocket of my long-sleeved flannel shirts, though it's too heavy (450pp.) to be entirely comfortable there. It fits better in roomy pants pockets, jacket pockets, or the side pocket of a day pack.
The book has everything, including some geology and habitat information as well as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds and plants. It's exhaustive for the mammals that I've seen in the Rockies and nearly exhaustive for birds. It has good, small pictures of everything with information about ranges and seasons. There is plenty of information, clearly organized, to help you identify things that you see.
Very pretty, but kinda useless Aug 9, 2003
First, the positive: this is a very complete and very pretty-looking guidebook. It does cover just about everything from the night sky to lichens and rocks. I can imagine an eastern tourist leafing through, anticipating all the wonderful things they'll see on their trip through Rocky Mountain National or Glacier park.
However, in the field, the guide is next to useless, as there are no keys, no list of the details and differences that make, for example, one tree a Ponderosa and another a Lodgepole pine. The only way to disern what exactly you are look through the book randomly until you happen upon a photo (generally too small to supply necessary detail) that looks kinda similar to whatever it is you are trying to identify.
This book is best at capturing the endless possibilities of our Rocky Mountains, a compendium of all the wonderful things you may run across. It won't however help you actually find them.