The Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats
by Rita M. O’Clair, Robert H. Armstrong, and Richard Carstensen
In this lively field guide to Southeast Alaska’s natural world, you’ll find everything from bears to banana slugs, mountains to murrelets. The unique features of this book gives in depth information about how wildlife coexists with the environment as well as detailed discussions of mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates, fungi, plants. 64 color photographs of species and habitats.
For many years the authors Rita M. O’Clair, Robert H. Armstrong, and Richard Carstensen wrote an award-winning newspaper column on Southeast Alaska, their home ground; this book stems from that experience. Robert Armstrong has written three other popular Alaska Guides: Guide to the Birds of Alaska, Alaska’s Birds: A Guide to Selected Species, and Alaska’s Fish: A Guide to Selected Species.
“Unlike the standard nature guides that explain how to recognize common animals, Nature stresses the web of interrelationships that link the regional flora and fauna. This affectionate examination of some of North America’s most spectacular surviving old-growth forests will delight backpackers and armchair naturalists.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“This book is one book you must have along if you’re planning to get marooned on a deserted Southeast Alaskan island. Since the authors — longtime Southeast teachers and biologists — have pondered everything in the Tongass from giant glaciers to the smallest no-see-ums, this book si probably the most comprehensive treatment you can get of the flora, fauna, and habitat of Southeast.” Ketchikan Daily News
“The authors write with humor and insight on a range of natural topics — from banana slugs and slime mold to glaciers, old-growth forests, and the reproductive problems of blueberry bushes…This witty reference book goes beyond the traditional field guide, offering in-depth and entertaining insights.” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner