BOOKS & ARTICLES
NEW: Arizona Wildlife Notebook
The Arizona Wildlife Notebook: 2014. Checklists and conservation status for Arizona wildlife. “An essential tool for natural history collectors.”
In his book Tracks and Shadows, biologist Harry Green wrote: “Anyone with a notebook and willingness to pay attention can practice valuable natural history.”
“Arizona Wildlife Notebook is a very well-documented snapshot of the status of all known wildlife species – from bugs to bats – in the State of Arizona. Much of it should be relevant to neighboring states, as well, with a bit of fine-tuning to accommodate additions and deletions to the list. As a retired Wildlife Biologist myself, I have to say Rogers’ book is perhaps the simplest to understand, yet most comprehensive in terms of factual information, that I have ever had occasion to peruse. This book should become the default checklist for Arizona’s various state, federal and local conservation agencies, and the basis for developing accurate local inventories by private enthusiasts as well as public agencies. Additionally, it provides a superb starting point for neighboring states who may wish to emulate Garry Rogers’ excellent handiwork. I wish I’d had access to something as comprehensive, yet simple, many years ago” (Lee Ashford for Readers’ Favorite).
Wildlife and its habitat are disappearing worldwide. It is important to think about how we can slow the extinctions and protect what remains. We can begin by learning what there is, where it is, and how it is changing. Simple observation of species presence is a good place to start. With a field guide and a notebook, anyone can make useful records of species presence. With time, the records become a source of vital information for species conservation.
The Wildlife Notebook can be purchased online from Amazon for less than the cost of a xerox copy. A spiral bound version is available from Gifts and Games (928-227-2775, firstname.lastname@example.org) ($17.95+$5.50 postage). Gifts and Games also offers the book at education prices for students, teachers, and schools (perfect binding, $10.00+postage).
Articles Posted on this Blog
- Butterflies and Moths
- Damselflies and Dragonflies
- Disturbance and Invasive Plants
- Soil Microorganisms
- Outdoor Recreation Aids Invasive Plants
- Does Livestock Grazing Cause Plant Invasions?
- Roads, Transmission Corridors, and Invasive Plants
- Desert Fire and Invasive Plants
Works in Progress
Roadside Biology of Arizona
Resembling the popular Roadside Geology series published by Mountain Press Publishing, Roadside Biology of Arizona is about the vegetation and soils making up wildlife habitats visible along roadsides. With soaring pressure to gather knowledge needed to preserve natural habitats and species it is time to call for all hands on deck. This book is aimed at making living landscapes comprehensible to non scientists.
Invasive Weeds in Arid Lands of Western North America: Ecology and Management. (In preparation)
Earth’s landscapes are being quietly destroyed by invasive plants and animals. This work is concerned with the weeds.