The Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats (Paperback)
Everything you ever wanted to know about the flora and fauna of Southeast Alaska is contained in the third edition of this lively field guide to the natural world, from bears to banana slugs, mountains to murrelets. The unique features of the book include
In-depth information about how wildlife coexists with the environment
Detailed discussions of mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates, fungi, and plants
Detailed map of wilderness areas in Southeast Alaska
More than 200 black-and-white illustrations
A bibliography, list of common and scientific names, and an index
In-depth guide to Southeast Alaska's flora and fauna; more than an identification manual, "Nature" explores how the species and habitats encountered in the woods and waters of Southeast Alaska fit into the bigger picture.
New to this edition:
More than 100 new illustrations than in the previous edition, many never before published, as well as new maps and photos Major expansion of sections on geology, old-growth forests, marine mammals, and amphibians Fifty-two new sidebars written in the first person to give the text a more personal touch that describe recent findings or experiences. Sweeping updates and elaborations to chapter narratives often thanks to technology unknown in 1992.
About the Author
Richard Carstensen moved to Southeast Alaska in 1977. He works as a writer, nature illustrator, map maker, wilderness guide, environmental consultant, and instructor for the Discovery Foundation, a nonprofit organization teaching natural history to youth and educators of Southeast Alaska. He divides his time between the backyards of Juneau's schools and the remote wilderness.
Bob Armstrong has pursued a career in Alaska as a biologist, naturalist, and nature photographer since 1960. He is the author of the best-selling book "Guide to the Birds of Alaska" and numerous other popular and scientific books and articles on the natural history of the state. From 1960 to 1984, he was a fishery biologist and research supervisor for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, an assistant leader for the Alaska Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, and Associate Professor of Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Armstrong retired from the State of Alaska in 1984 to pursue broader interests in natural history and nature photography.
Since 1978, Rita M. O'Clair has taught a wide variety of biology courses at the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, where she is currently Associate Professor of Biology. She received a PhD in zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1973. An honorary lifetime member of The Nature Conservancy, she belongs to numerous professional organizations. She has studied and photographed natural habitats around the world. She retired in 2000 and lives in Washington State.