The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

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Publisher: Heyday
ISBN: 159714052X
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Nature

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: 0520936949
Release Date: 2006-05-15
Genre: Science

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.

Sierra Birds

Author:
Publisher: Heyday
ISBN: 1890771783
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Nature

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.

Trees of the California Sierra Nevada

Author: George A. Petrides
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811731669
Release Date: 2005-01-24
Genre: Nature

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.

Wild Plants of the Sierra Nevada

Author: Ray S. Vizgirdas
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 0874177898
Release Date: 2009-09-15
Genre: Nature

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.

Birds of the Sierra Nevada

Author: Ted Beedy
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520954472
Release Date: 2013-06-17
Genre: Nature

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.

Sierra Nevada

Author: Verna R. Johnston
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520925491
Release Date: 1998-04-20
Genre: Nature

All lovers of the mountains will welcome Verna Johnston's new and completely updated edition of her classic, Sierra Nevada, originally published in 1970. A professional biologist, veteran ornithologist, and well-known wildlife photographer, Johnston is the perfect guide for a natural-history trip into the Sierra. Regardless of how one explores the magnificent 400-mile-long mountain range, on foot or by car, in an armchair or a classroom, this is the book to have. Beginning with the western foothills, Johnston evokes a vivid picture of the varied plant and animal life encountered as the elevation increases, tops the crest, and drops to the more precipitous, arid eastern Sierra slope. The reader is taken through chaparral and mountain meadows, pine and fir forests, granite expanses and snowy peaks. Johnston writes of the Native Americans' uses and stewardship of the land, the role of fire in forest ecology, the eras of sheep herders and loggers, the work of John Muir and other preservationists, and the battles to save Mono Lake and Lake Tahoe. Her lifetime of field experience and discovery offers intimate observations of rarely recorded events: the courtship of the Sierra Nevada salamander, a wolverine attacking two bears, a fight to the death between a skink and a scorpion. Many changes have occurred in the Sierra since the first edition of this book was published, including acid snow, tensions involving human and cougar habitats, and an ominous drop in amphibian populations. Johnston documents these events and updates the ecological research in the rich, evocative writing style that makes her book a naturalist's treasure. This is a guide to the Sierra Nevada for the next millennium.

A Sierra Club naturalist s guide to the Sierra Nevada

Author: Stephen Whitney
Publisher: Random House (NY)
ISBN: UCSD:31822011057536
Release Date: 1979-11-01
Genre: Nature

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 East

Author: Genny Smith
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520239148
Release Date: 2003
Genre: History

"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

Sierra Nevada Natural History

Author: Tracy Irwin Storer
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520240960
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

Enhanced by more than five hundred color photographs and 218 black-and-white drawings, a guidebook to the common plants and animals of the Sierra describes more than 750 species.

Sierra Nevada Wildflowers

Author: Karen Wiese
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781493002665
Release Date: 2013-02-05
Genre: Nature

Field guide to 290 wildflowers conveniently arranged for easy identification. Includes vibrant color photos and descriptions.

A Sierra Nevada Flora

Author: Norman Weeden
Publisher: Wilderness Press
ISBN: 0899972047
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Nature

Identify, enjoy, or avoid Sierra wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees. Follows The Jepson Manual nomenclature.

Sierra Nevada Tree Identifier

Author: Jim Paruk
Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy
ISBN: 9780939666836
Release Date: 1998-04-01
Genre: Nature

This handy book is designed to allow users to quickly identify the trees they encounter in the Sierra Nevada. Unlike other tree identification manuals, it limits its scope. A total of 38 of the most common species are included, along with information on distinguishing similar tree varieties, a discussion of plant relationships, a listing of prominent field marks, and references. A simple key is tied to thorough descriptions of the various Sierra trees. Multiple drawings illustrate the text. Covering the length of the Sierra Nevada, the Tree Identifier should prove useful to visitors throughout the mountain range.

Explorer s Guide Yosemite the Southern Sierra Nevada Explorer s Complete

Author: David T. Page
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 9781682680896
Release Date: 2017-12-19
Genre: Travel

An updated and redesigned guide one of America's greatest destinations Yosemite is a tremendously popular tourist destination, gaining visitors every year. The only complete guide to California’s southern Sierra Nevada—some of the most stunning wilderness in North America—is better than ever in this revised, updated, and beautifully redesigned third edition. Detailed reviews of lodging, dining, and recreation, plus outfitters, campsites, trails, and points of historic and cultural interest, make this book an essential companion to the incomparable Yosemite region. Renowned travel writer David T. Page makes it easy to get the very most out of your journey. In this book, as with every title in the Explorer’s Guide series, you’ll get beautiful photography, up-to-date maps, and lots of helpful advice from an expert author. Page has seen everything the Sierra Nevada has to offer and now so can you!