About the Arizona Wildlife Notebook by Garry Rogers
Arizona Wildlife Notebook Details
- Title: Arizona Wildlife Notebook
- Author: Garry Rogers
- Publication Date: February 26, 2014
- ISBN-13: 978-1496079954
- ISBN-10: 1496079957
- DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3543.0408
- 168 pages
- BISAC code: Nature/Wildlife
- Publisher: Garry Rogers/CreateSpace
- List Price: $12.95
- Available on the web and in bookstores everywhere
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Arizona Wildlife Notebook Description
A truly rich mixture of animal species occupies Arizona’s diverse habitats. Some of Arizona’s animal groups, ants for example, include more species than any other state. This Notebook has statewide checklists for 11 species groups. Though you will need at least 11 field guides to help with species identifications, you will need only this one book to keep a record of your species sightings.
The Notebook’s checklists have both common and scientific names alphabetized by common name. Finding a name in the lists can be tricky, because the common name isn’t always what we think. For instance, Arizona’s two Robin species are not alphabetized in the bird checklist as Robins. They are alphabetized as “American Robin” and “Rufous-backed Robin.” Both species are easier to find in the index where they are listed as “Robin, American” and “Robin, Roufous-backed.” Both species are also listed in the index by scientific name.
The checklists include the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s conservation-status rank for each species. If the rank is unknown, the status column will be blank, or it will contain a question mark. Conservation-status rank indicates whether or not a species’ population or its habitat is declining or is in danger of decline.
I compiled this notebook to have a single place to gather notes from my journal and the margins of my field guides. There is not much writing space, but if you use the notebook for a specific area such as a yard, there is space to note at least ten dates. A copy of the Notebook made as a fillable form with Adobe Acrobat has space beneath each species name to type your notes.
Species checklists are most useful when they cover small areas. Checklists for valleys, mountains, urban parks, and yards are ideal, but few are available. The species checklists in this notebook cover the entire State of Arizona. Thus, you can use the notebook to record species sightings anywhere in Arizona.
The Notebook contains checklists for 11 groups of Arizona animal species. The list below includes a separate article on bats.
- Butterflies and Moths
- Damselflies and Dragonflies
About Garry Rogers
Dr. Garry Rogers is a former professor of physical geography at Columbia University in New York. He has published four books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles and conference abstracts. He is President of the Agua Fria Open Space Alliance, Inc., and Curator of the Nature Conservation blog. Kirkus Reviews awarded the Kirkus Star to his Young Adult novel, Corr Syl the Warrior, and Arizona Librarians selected the novel for the 2014 OneBookAZ teen-fiction program.