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Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

Plants and Animals Among California's Oaks

  • Author: Kate Marianchild
  • Publisher: Heyday Books
  • ISBN: 9781597142625
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 202
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A Californian may vacation in Yosemite, Big Sur, or Death Valley, but many of us come home to an oak woodland. Yet while common, oak woodlands are anything but ordinary. In a book rich in illustration and suffused with wonder, author Kate Marianchild combines extensive research and years of personal experience to explore some of the marvelous plants and animals that the oak woodlands nurture. Acorn woodpeckers unite in marriages of up to sixteen mates and raise their young cooperatively. Ground squirrels roll in rattlesnake skins to hide their scent from hungry snakes. Manzanita's rust-colored, paper-thin bark peels away in time for the summer solstice, exposing sinuous contours that are cool to the touch even on the hottest day. Conveying up-to-the minute scientific findings with a storyteller's skill, Marianchild introduces us to a host of remarkable creatures in a world close by, a world that "rustles, hums, and sings with the sounds of wild things."

Oaks of California

Oaks of California

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Cachuma Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 184
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The California Naturalist Handbook

The California Naturalist Handbook

  • Author: Greg de Nevers,Deborah Stanger Edelman,Adina Merenlender
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520274806
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 261
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The California Naturalist Handbook provides a fun, science-based introduction to California’s natural history with an emphasis on observation, discovery, communication, stewardship and conservation. It is a hands-on guide to learning about the natural environment of California. Subjects covered include California natural history and geology, native plants and animals, California’s freshwater resources and ecosystems, forest and rangeland resources, conservation biology, and the effects of global warming on California’s natural communities. The Handbook also discusses how to create and use a field notebook, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and collaborative conservation and serves as the primary text for the California Naturalist Program.

An Island Called California

An Island Called California

An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities

  • Author: Elna Bakker,Gordy Slack
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520907249
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 400
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Bakker’s classic of ecological science now includes three new chapters on Southern California which make the book more useful than ever. Striking new photographs illustrate the diversity of life, climate, and geological formation.

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates

California, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and the Mediterranean Basin

  • Author: Peter R. Dallman
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520208094
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 257
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This book provides a wonderful overview of the landscapes, vegetation types, and plants of the five regions of the world that have a Mediterranean climate. This climate of mild, rainy winters and dry, warm summers is found in California, Central Chile, the Cape Region of South Africa, the southwestern part of Australia and the Mediterranean Basin. The regions are widely separated and the flora of each is distinctive, having for the most part developed independently. Nevertheless, the plants share remarkably similar characteristics which allow them to thrive in these unusual conditions. Peter Dallman's non-technical prose is complemented by numerous maps, tables, and figures, and the book is richly illustrated with photographs of landscapes, plants, and flowers. With its detailed information on some of the world's most resilient plant life, this book will serve as an excellent reference for everyone interested in growing drought-resistant plants and as a naturalist's guide to these beautiful and unusual bioregions. For the growing number of travelers whose vacations focus on learning about and appreciating natural history, Dallman also includes a chapter on planning trips to the five Mediterranean regions.

Introduction to Earth, Soil, and Land in California

Introduction to Earth, Soil, and Land in California

  • Author: David Carle
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520258282
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 226
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This volume is an exploration of the soil in the state of California, discussing how soil ecosystems function, what lives in the soil, and an examination of various soil types -- featuring 92 color photographs and 18 maps. The author describes the relationship between humans and the land, and investigates the various uses and abuses that land in California endures -- large scale agriculture, mining, and development, as well as fires, floods, and erosion. The guide also details the history of land use in the state. Among many topics, the author has included information on: California's wildlands, farmland, cities, and landfills; California's ecological footprint on planet Earth; and the many different life forms found in soil, including bacteria, fungi, insects, and mammals.

Tending the Wild

Tending the Wild

Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources

  • Author: Kat Anderson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520248519
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 526
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Demonstrates how Native American knowledge and uses of California's natural resources can contribute to contemporary conservation efforts, exploring the land management practices that Native Americans recall from their grandparents, such as how and when areas were burned, which plants were eaten and which were used for basketry, and how plants were tended. Original.

The Crow and the Feather

The Crow and the Feather

A Tale from the Oak Woodlands of California

  • Author: Wanda Bishop,Merci Martin
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780985793227
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 44
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The first picture book that introduces children to the natural world of the Oak Woodlands of California. With its humorous story and detailed illustrations, The Crow and The Feather teaches children ages four through ten about a full cast of characters (Gray Squirrel, Coyote, Screech Owl, Scrub Jay, Crow, Steller Jay, Condor, Bunch Grass, and Valley Oak). The book includes notes to parents and childhood educators for meeting Common Core Standards and making the most of its vital ecological concepts. It is written by two childhood educators and wildlife museum instructors whose mission is to entertain and engage children with the varied habitats of California.

Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada

Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada

  • Author: Shirley Spencer
  • Publisher: Yosemite Assn
  • ISBN: 9781597141123
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 95
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While the trees of Yosemite thrill visitors and the wildflowers often steal the show, every year the blue elderberry, the snowberry, the American dogwood, and dozens of other shrubs bloom in a glory all their own. This lovely volume, with inspired watercolors showing the fruit, flowers, and foliage of the plants, pays these shrubs full homage. Complete with useful information for plant identification, this book serves as a welcome and needed introduction to some of Yosemite’s most interesting and often under appreciated flora.

A State of Change

A State of Change

Forgotten Landscapes of California

  • Author: Laura Cunningham
  • Publisher: Heyday
  • ISBN: 9781597141369
  • Category: History
  • Page: 350
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A California field biologist draws on historical ecology and extensive first-hand research to uncover regional history in the Golden State's forgotten landscapes, providing a visual testament to natural-world changes and related opportunities for conservation.

The Book of Owls

The Book of Owls

  • Author: Lewis Wayne Walker
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780292707887
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 256
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Resilience Education

Resilience Education

  • Author: Joel H. Brown,Marianne D'Emidio-Caston,Bonnie Benard
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • ISBN: 9780761976264
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 105
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In this book, the authors offer a set of principles and practical applications to help educators make a difference in their students' lives.

Wild Grace

Wild Grace

Nature as a Spiritual Path

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781883991531
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 124
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Eric Alan masterfully integrates his stunning colour photography of nature with profound prose on the spiritual dimensions of nature. Dividing the book into two sections ('Sensing the Spirit' and 'Living the Spirit'), Alan draws us into the natural world as cathedral where deep lessons await us. Alan shows us through words and images nature's teachings on: No Ceilings; No Floors; Flowing; Floating; Silent Support; The Faith of Stones; Life Giving Life; Awareness; The Colour of Peace; and Perseverance. In 'Living the Spirit', he shows us how to cultivate the wisdom that comes from attuning our lives to the natural world. Meditations cover: Home; Surroundings; Religion; Sex and Intimacy; Family and Community; Exercise; Stillness; Balance; Work; Education; Money; Ownership; Food; Music; Conflict; Sleep and Dreams; and Health. Eric Alan has created a beautiful celebration of the details of the natural world, and a meditation on living mindfully within it.

Wonderments of the East Bay

Wonderments of the East Bay

  • Author: Sylvia Linsteadt,Malcolm Margolin
  • Publisher: Heyday Books
  • ISBN: 9781597142960
  • Category: History
  • Page: 124
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Recognition of the 80th anniversary ofone of the great urban park systems in the country in a beautiful, illustrated small format gift edition

Introduction to California Chaparral

Introduction to California Chaparral

  • Author: Ronald D. Quinn,Dr. Sterling Keeley
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 052093900X
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 344
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The characteristic look of California Chaparral—a soft bluish-green blanket of vegetation gently covering the hills—is known to millions who have seen it as the backdrop in movies and television productions. This complex ecological community of plants and animals is not just a feature of the hills around Hollywood, but is a quintessential part of the entire California landscape. It is a highly resilient community adapted to life with recurring fires and droughts. Written for a wide audience, this concise, engaging, and beautifully illustrated book describes an ancient and exquisitely balanced environment home to wondrous organisms: Fire Beetles that mate only on burning branches, lizards that shoot blood from their eyes when threatened, Kangaroo Rats that never drink water, and seeds that germinate only after a fire, even if that means waiting in the soil for a 100 years or more. Useful both as a field guide and an introductory overview of the ecology of chaparral, it also provides a better understanding of how we might live in harmony, safety, and appreciation of this unique ecological community. * Identifies chaparral’s common plants, animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects * Features 79 color illustrations, 56 black-and-white photographs, and 3 maps * Examines the role of humans and fire in chaparral, covering the placement and design of homes, landscaping, and public policy

A Natural History of California

A Natural History of California

  • Author: Allan A. Schoenherr
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520069218
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 772
  • View: 4863
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Includes introductory chapters on basic ecology and geology to familiarize the reader with the climate, rocks, soil, plants, and animals in each distinctive region of California and shows how the state's natural history is uniquely interwoven with its human history.

California's Changing Landscapes

California's Changing Landscapes

Diversity and Conservation of California Vegetation

  • Author: Michael G. Barbour,California Native Plant Society
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780943460178
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 244
  • View: 9642
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California is rich because of its great valleys & mountain ranges, rivers & deserts, each home to a unique assemblage of plants & animals. The living landscape of California has changed dramatically over the past one hundred years. The process of rapid change began with emigrants who, from their native lands, carried seed & seedlings to be nourished by California's rich soils & hospitable climate. Change continues today with each wave of newcomers & the process remains unfinished. This book visits each of the major native plant communities that have evolved in California: the dunes & marshes of the coast, the forests that clothe the mountains & the deserts that attract visitors from around the world. It also examines the great cultural mosaic of early native inhabitants & how they built their cultures in harmony with native plants & animals. And finally it looks at restoration of habitats damaged by past activities. This book will assist readers to understand California's rich botanical landscape, past & present, & thus, help them make more knowledgeable decisions for the future. It is appropriate for general readers of natural history, high school & college classes. Available from the California Native Plant Society, 909 12th St., Sacramento, CA 95814.

California Friendly

California Friendly

A Maintenance Guide for Landscapers, Gardeners and Land Managers

  • Author: Douglas Kent
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780692800263
  • Category:
  • Page: 240
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California Friendly® is California's future. Water reliability is dependent on using water wisely. We need to create sustainable gardens that rely on less water. This maintenance guide will help you support California's future:*Uncover the secrets of efficient irrigation.*Explore the techniques for irrigating with recycled water.*Get the maintenance tips for hundreds of California Friendly® plants.*Discover the methods and means of managing weed and pest infestations.*Learn how to maintain rainwater capture opportunities.This book has been written for every landscaper, gardener and land manager in Southern California. It has been produced by the very first collaboration between three Southern California organizations, LADWP, MWD and SoCalGas. Grab a copy--they are free--use the information in your garden and help us create a beautiful, thriving and sustainable future.

Fungal Diseases:

Fungal Diseases:

An Emerging Threat to Human, Animal, and Plant Health: Workshop Summary

  • Author: Forum on Microbial Threats,Board on Global Health,Institute of Medicine
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • ISBN: 030921226X
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 488
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Fungal diseases have contributed to death and disability in humans, triggered global wildlife extinctions and population declines, devastated agricultural crops, and altered forest ecosystem dynamics. Despite the extensive influence of fungi on health and economic well-being, the threats posed by emerging fungal pathogens to life on Earth are often underappreciated and poorly understood. On December 14 and 15, 2010, the IOM's Forum on Microbial Threats hosted a public workshop to explore the scientific and policy dimensions associated with the causes and consequences of emerging fungal diseases.

Right Plant, Right Place

Right Plant, Right Place

Over 1400 Plants for Every Situation in the Garden

  • Author: Nicola Ferguson
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 145160405X
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 368
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The Indispensable Guide to the Successful Garden. Now comprehensively revised and updated: over 40% of plants are NEW entries; all photographs are NEW; includes more detailed and NEW information -- USDA hardiness zones, additional plants of interest, etc; and two completely NEW chapters. You will find more than 1,470 plants organized by: GROWING CONDITIONS Plants that will grow in: Shallow soils over chalk Acid soils Heavy clay soils Polluted atmosphere Windswept, seaside sites Dry soils in hot, sunny sites Damp and wet soils Dry shade Dense shade PURPOSE Plants that can be used for: Ground-cover Climbers Hedges Fillers for crevices in paving Growing in containers (trees, shrubs and climbers) APPEARANCE Plants with: Variegated leaves Gray, blue-gray or silver leaves Red, purple or bronze leaves Yellow or yellow-green leaves Decorative, green foliage Colourful autumn foliage Aromatic leaves Ornamental fruit Ornamental bark and twigs Flowers suitable for cutting and drying Fragrant flowers Winter flowers Green flowers 'Black' plants A long, continuous flowering period Each plant is illustrated with a full color photograph and accompanied by a detailed description of its size, flowering season, needs and care. Right Plant, Right Place compresses a shelf full of reference books and a pile of seed catalogs into a single comprehensive guide to plant selection.