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The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada by [John Muir Laws]

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The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada Kindle Edition

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''Laws was so determined to make it easy for people to use this gude, he crammed a wide range of species into one book so hikers and backpackers would find it easy to take with them. Then he arranged it by species and primary characteristics so, from the inside cover, they can flip quickly to the pages that cover the plant or animal they've seen for a quick identification. Laws' stunning illustrations are accompanied by observations and requests, like on page 309: Keep an eye out for the wolverine, now feared extinct.''--The San Francisco Chronicle

''If you have room for only one Sierra Nevada guidebook in your pack, make it this little gem....Dense with illustration, it's the perfect all-ages introduction to field guides. Well-researched natural history notes pull the reader more deeply into the story of these iconic mountains.''--Sierra Magazine

''He took his first hike into the Sierra Nevada, the landscape of his obsession, while still in the womb. His parents named him John Muir Laws. He once spent a week searching for a single perfect orchid to paint. He says 'I am constantly amazed by things'--Such as? 'The diversity of chipmunks.' He is not joking. He cares about newts. If asked, he does an excellent imitation of a startled vole. He has opinions about beetles... The new field guide, already praised by outdoor connoisseurs as a naturalist's bible, begins with 'Small Fungi growing on Wood' and ends with stars. It is small enough to slip in your pocket but includes 1,700 species of flowers, trees, bugs, frogs, snails, skinks, birds, fish, rodents. It took him six years. The world needs more of this--this kind of sustained, informed, deep gee-whizdom... Laws painted every wildflower in his book from sketches in the field. The same with the birds, except for the great horned owl which he kept missing. 'We have this idea that all robins, for example, look the same,' says Laws. 'But they don't. Any more than collies look alike or all humans. It's because we are not looking hard enough.'... When he was a boy hiking on the John Muir Trail, he dreamed of creating the perfect field guide, not a guide made by experts, but a book by an enthusiast. 'My criteria for inclusion in the book: Either it is so common you'll trip over it all the time. Or not so common--maybe it is just some subtle little thing, but they are so stunning or their story is so great, I had to include it,' he says. Why? 'Because the more people fall in love with the diversity of life, the more people will fight to protect it,' Laws says. '...The point really is not to identify a creature or a plant and move on. The point is to learn the story.''' --William Booth, Washington Post, Sunday Jan. 13, 2008

''From fungi to forest to frogs and fish, the book is a small but powerful treasure of reference to nature.'' --The Sacramento Bee

'He took his first hike into the Sierra Nevada, the landscape of his obsession, while still in the womb. His parents named him John Muir Laws. He once spent a week searching for a single perfect orchid to paint. He says ''I am constantly amazed by things''--Such as? ''The diversity of chipmunks.'' He is not joking. He cares about newts. If asked, he does an excellent imitation of a startled vole. He has opinions about beetles... The new field guide, already praised by outdoor connoisseurs as a naturalist's bible, begins with ''Small Fungi growing on Wood'' and ends with stars. It is small enough to slip in your pocket but includes 1,700 species of flowers, trees, bugs, frogs, snails, skinks, birds, fish, rodents. It took him six years. The world needs more of this --this kind of sustained , informed, deep gee-whizdom... Laws painted every wildflower in his book from sketches in the field. The same with the birds, except for the great horned owl which he kept missing. ''We have this idea that all robins, for example, look the same,'' says Laws. ''But they don't. Any more than collies look alike or all humans. It's because we are not looking hard enough.''... When he was a boy hiking on the John Muir Trail, he dreamed of creating the perfect field guide, not a guide made by experts, but a book by an enthusiast. ''My criteria for inclusion in the book: Either it is so common you'll trip over it all the time. Or not so common--maybe it is just some subtle little thing, but they are so stunning or their story is so great, I had to include it,'' he says. Why? ''Because the more people fall in love with the diversity of life, the more people will fight to protect it,'' Laws says. ''...The point really is not to identify a creature or a plant and move on. The point is to learn the story.''' ---- William Booth, Washington Post, Sunday Jan. 13, 2008 --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Naturalist, educator, and artist John Muir Laws received a B.S. in conservation and resource studies at the University of California, Berkeley; an M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; a certificate in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and is a research associate of the California Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide and The Laws Pocket Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07ZVX3RP3
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Heyday (1 June 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 189781 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 727 pages
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