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Ecobeetle is your green webpage with the Eco-Library, highlighting the best in books on the Environment, Outdoors & Nature.

 

Plants of Alberta

By France Royer & Richard Dickinson

Published by Lone Pine Publishing

Lone Pine Publishing continues its high level of field guide excellence with its latest publication, Plants of Alberta by France Royer & Richard Dickinson. Alberta is a large, grand province that features many distinct ecoregions and habitats, from the Northern boreal forests to the high Rocky Mountains, from the sweeping grassland plains to the bitter cold of the subarctic. A region this diverse offers a wide variety of plant life which in turn requires expert skill and great interest to catalogue.  This fantastic effort offers 528 pages with almost 1800 plant species covered comprehensively - featuring, descriptions of flower, habitat, fruit, leaves and reproductive structures regarding each particular species. Plants of Alberta boasts over 1000 brilliant colour photos, an astounding number for any field guide, each in sharp detail as well as provincial distribution maps for native species and interesting notes regarding historical references, Aboriginal and medicinal uses and much more. Plants of Alberta by France Royer & Richard Dickinson and published by Lone Pine Publishing is an excellent resource and a truly amazingly comprehensive field guide.

 

Pitcher Plants of the Americas

 by Stewart McPherson

Published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company

When we think of carnivores in the wild we imagine Tigers, Sharks and similar ferocious creatures, But Plants as carnivores? Yes it is very true, there are many species of plants that rely on catching live prey for sustenance. The Pitcher plant is one of the many fascinating carnivorous plants that hunt our forests, fields and water systems. Pitcher Plants of the Americas by Stewart McPherson and published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company is an incredibly in depth look at these fascinating plants. Filled with amazingly beautiful color photographs, Pitcher Plants of the Americas offers a complete and comprehensive overview of the 5 genera of Pitcher Plants found in the Americas. This reference guide is clear, concise and very fascinating. These plants are marvels of evolution, hardy enough to survive in areas that other plants are unable and so beautiful that they generate serious greenhouse attention. Stewart McPherson offers a very clear picture on the health of the species as a whole and the environmental concerns that Pitcher plants like face today. Pitcher Plants of the Americas by Stewart McPherson and published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company is a fantastic effort and a incredible insight into an amazing plant. It is a must-read for any natural history buff.

 

Wildlife & Trees in British Columbia

by Mike Fenger,  Todd Manning, John Cooper, Stewart Guy and Peter Bradford

published by Lone Pine Publishing

The appreciation of nature and the delight in visiting our nearby woodlands and forests is an activity enjoyed by many and the birds and animals that inhabit these systems are dependant on the many variety of trees within. Wildlife & Trees in British Columbia by Mike Fenger,  Todd Manning, John Cooper, Stewart Guy and Peter Bradford and published by Lone Pine Publishing is an excellent resource to illustrating the importance of trees to various species.  Wildlife & Trees in British Columbia was produced through a joint effort by biologists and foresters to help gain awareness to the significance of wildlife trees. Wildlife trees are “any standing dead or living tree with special characteristics that provide vitally important habitat for the conservation or enhancement of wildlife”. This well researched guide offers an in-depth overview of wildlife trees and their dependent species, including cavity users, excavators and open nesters. Filled with beautiful color photos, illustrations and range maps for over 90 species this is an incredible resource. Wildlife & Trees in British Columbia by Mike Fenger,  Todd Manning, John Cooper, Stewart Guy and Peter Bradford and published by Lone Pine Publishing will make you realize which trees are wildlife trees, the role they play in the ecosystem and how critically important they are to our native species. It is a must have for any naturalist’s, birdwatcher’s or outdoor enthusiast’s library.

 

DK Eyewitness Companions – Trees

By Colin Ridsdale, John White and Carol Usher

Published by DK Publishing

The trees of the world are varied and diverse in appearance, form and function. They are the cornerstones to many environments and crucial to our planets health. DK Eyewitness Companions – Trees by Colin Ridsdale, John White and Carol Usher and published by DK Publishing is an excellent reference book on these fascinating plants. Trees covers each species of tree with colorful reference photos and accurate descriptions that include bark, leaf, flower and fruit. DK Eyewitness Companions – Trees by Colin Ridsdale, John White and Carol Usher and published by DK Publishing is a handy reference guide that will be a welcome addition to any home library.

 

Plants of Haida Gwaii

by Nancy J. Turner

Published by Sononis Press

Haida Gwaii also known as the Queen Charlottes Islands in British Columbia has an allure that makes you want to return over and over. For the Haida, the draw is especially strong because the islands are their homeland. Nancy Turner has visited the islands many times in the past 30 years and this book was an outgrowth of those visits. Turner is a renowned anthropologist who has a knack to bring life to many potentially dry anthropological subjects. One’s first thoughts when seeing the title, ‘Plants of Haida Gwaii’ is that it is a guide to the flora of the Queen Charlotte Islands and a new field for Turner. But true to form, the book was about the role of plants in the culture of the Haida on Haida Gwaii. The book explains how plants were used as food, medicine, technology and ceremonial purposes, their Haida names and cultural roles. The book is well presented with many beautiful colour photographs and a smattering of original Haida artwork. One very unique and interesting element that is also provided is the inclusion of the phonetic soundings of the Haida names which otherwise are very difficult to read. This book with it's inclusion of Haida artwork and storied history will be especially valued by those with a keen interested in the fascinating culture of the Haida. Plants of Haida Gwaii by Nancy J. Turner and published by Sononis Press is a special look into the role of plants native to Haida Gwaii and a very interesting and informative read.

 

Peterson Field Guides - Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs.

Published By Houghton Mifflin Company

 Peterson Field Guides has produced another winner. Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs is a gorgeous guide book by, pardon the pun, the leaders in the field. This particular field guides sets the standard by which all medicinal plant guides should follow. Brilliant colour photographs of the over 500 identified species organized by colour for quick reference helps any novice quickly identify the plant and what’ll happen if you try to make tea out of it. The detailed plant descriptions also include scientific name, family, location found, historical medicinal uses as well as highlighted warnings for poisons, allergies and other areas of caution. A very unique and special field guide Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs also offers harvesting and conservation tips. Pick this book up before you even considering picking flowers, herbs or plants for uses other than the filling your vase, it’s a must have for anyone spending  any extended time in the outdoors.

 

Sea-Beans From the Tropics:

A Collector's Guide to Sea-Beans and Other Tropical Drift on Atlantic Shores.

by Ed Perry IV and John V. Dennis

Published by Krieger Publishing

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!There is a magic feeling when one walks the along the sandy seashores of a tropical beach. The appeal varies with each individual but for me and many others discovery is the goal. A Beachcombers eyes scan the debris line for oceanic treasure, and one find that is often over looked is the many varieties of sea-beans and natural drift that litter the shoreline like scattered jewels. Sea-Beans From the Tropics: A Collector's Guide to Sea-Beans and Other Tropical Drift on Atlantic Shores by Ed Perry IV and John V. Dennis is a comprehensive look at a wonderful collection of various beautiful and rare tropical ocean drift. This book is a wonderful resource that uncovers every aspect of sea-beans, from the roles of currents and early uses to collecting and polishing what you find. It is a brilliant body of effort with the heart being the descriptive species catalog. This section offers brilliant colour photographs of the different sea-beans, complement the detailed descriptive text culled from the authors great research and vast experience. The species reports also include scientific name, finding records, floatation aspects as well as other interesting notes on the natural history of the seed. As foremost and unique a book you will find, Sea-Beans From the Tropics: A Collector's Guide to Sea-Beans and Other Tropical Drift on Atlantic Shores. is a special volume on a very interesting and little known field.

 

Forests in Peril

by Hazel R. Delcourt

Published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!Forests in Peril by Hazel R. Delcourt offers a rare look into the history of North America’s forests. Through the eyes of a paleobotanist the author describes the changing pattern of tree distribution in the United States over the last 100,000 years. This book reads like both a memoir of the author’s career and a history lesson. The author takes the unique approach of revealing the knowledge of her field by taking us step by step through the process of discovering each piece of information. By describing the process by which the scientific community learned from their discoveries, the reader is able to more fully understand the mechanisms driving the present distribution of plants. By describing the process of collecting samples in the field, analyzing samples in the lab, interpreting data and borrowing from mentors and pioneers in her field the reader is taken on a journey of discovery. By looking into the past, the author foretells the future of plant distribution given the adaptability of various plant species to present rates of human expansion and global climate change. Appealing to any reader interested in paleobotany, natural history and conservation of natural resources, Forests in Peril is a fascinating read.

 

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast : Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska by Jim Pojar

 

The Adirondack Nature Guide
by Sheri Amsel

 

Alaska's Wild Plants: A Guide to Alaska's Edible Harvest
by Janice J. Schofield

 

Alpine Flower Finder : The Key to Wildflowers Found Above Treeline in the Rocky Mountains
by Loraine Yeatts, Janet L. Wingate

 

America's Deserts : Guide to Plants and Animals
by Marianne D. Wallace

 

America's Mountains : Guide to Plants and Animals
by Marianne D. Wallace

 

Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast
by Charles D. Stutzenbaker

 

A Field Guide to Western Trees (Peterson Field Guides: 44); George A. Petrides, Roger Tory Peterson

 

 

 

 
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