This compact volume incorporates:
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 a lot more;
A complete overview of California’s natural history, covering geology, natural world habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns and night sky;
An extensive sampling of the area’s best parks, preserves, beaches, forests, islands, and natural world 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, 14 maps, and 16 night-sky charts, in addition to 150 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals.
California natives and visitors alike will appreciate this compact, photo-filled overview of the Golden State’s natural history. At the side of a summary of geography, geology, weather, and natural world, there’s a field guide to the identification of 1,000 of the state’s unique inhabitants, including the smallest butterfly on the planet (the Western Pygmy Blue), the largest animal (the Blue Whale), and one of the most largest living single organisms (the Giant Sequoia). What’s more, probably the most best places to see this diversity of wildlife–the many parks, preserves, beaches, forests, islands, and natural world sanctuaries–are listed with detailed information. To flip through the guide’s pages is to envision endless possibilities for scenic and educational field trips, from fog-shrouded Point Reyes National Seashore to the barren salt pan of Death Valley National Park.