Grand Canyon – A Visitor’s Companion</em>
by George Wuerthner with illustrations by Douglas W. Moore
A very good handbook that addresses the history, geology, ecology, plants, wildlife and geography of the Grand Canyon region in an interesting and understandable way. Color plates depict vegetation, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals found in the canyon.
This book includes
History – Native Americans, Dams, Prospector Trails, Founding of the Park, Early Exploration
Geology – Geologic Time, Plate Tectonics, Rock Types, Canyon Formation, Volcanic Eruptions
Ecology – Animal Habitats, Desert and Snow Belt, Vegetation, Fire Ecology, Forest Communities
Plants – Sagebrush, Prickly Pear Cactus, Banana Yucca, Wavyleaf Oak, Wild Rose, White Fir, Serviceberry, Ponderosa Pine
Wildlife – Desert Banded Gecko, Bald Eagle, Coyote, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Pronghorn Antelope
Geography – Elevation, Climate, Wilderness Areas
About the author:
George Wuerthner is a full-time freelance photographer, writer, and ecologist. He has written nineteen other titles including Yellowstone: A Visitor’s Companion, Yosemite: A Visitor’s Companion, Alaska Mountain Ranges, Forever Wild: The Adirondacks, Big Bed Country, Southern Appalachian Country, Montana: Magnificent Wilderness, Idaho Mountain Ranges, Nevada Mountain Ranges, Oregon Mountain Ranges, and The Main Coast. In addition, his photos have appeared in hundreds of calendars, books, magazines, and other publications. He has also exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution and other Museums.
Wuerthner graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in wildlife biology and botany and received a master’s degree in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. A former wilderness ranger, national park ranger, botanist, science teacher, university instructor, and guide, Wuerthner now lives in Livingston, Montana, north of Yellowstone National Park.