Archive for July, 2014

FOLIO ON FOLIAGE FOR FOLLOWERS OF THE FEATHERED

July 30, 2014

TREES OF WESTERN NORTH AMERICA. By Richard Spellenberg, Christopher Earle, Gil Nelson. Princeton University Press. 560 pages. $29.95.tree bk covr This book was just published.
If you live anywhere in the western U.S. this book has any tree you might see. Whether you’re on the pacific Crest Trail, hiking Glacier National Park staring at some odd tree across the street from your nearest parking lot, the trees you see you’ll see in this book.
All the natives are here, of course. So are all the exotics whether from South Carolina or South Africa.
Good illustrations and range maps. Color depictions of leaves, bark and flowers.
And without all those trees, where would our birds be?P2090066 (1280x960)P2090078 (1280x960)
This field guide is small enough to fit into a large coat pocket or any backpack. About the size of the regional National Geographic bird guides. Has the same plasticized jacket so it will withstand your leaking water bottle or a bit of rain.
Here’s a sample of the entries on specific tree species:
tree book page
The book includes not just towering trees but many woody shrubs such as sagebrush.

P2090081 (1280x960) This last photo is a madrone going through its annual bark and leaf shedding in late summer. Did you know there are other species of madrone native to the U.S.? I had no idea until I got this book. They are the Texas and Arizona madrones and have tiny ranges compared to “my” Pacific madrone which is found from Big Sur north to British Columbia but never far from the ocean.

FOR THE BIRDS

July 27, 2014

Not even the staid New York Times can always resist the attraction of birds and birding. First they run an interview with actress Jane Alexander. What she wants to talk about is birding.

Then the travel section also has a feature piece on travel in Newfoundland. Of course, they can’t write about Newfoundland without putting Puffins into even the headline. Read that one by clicking here.

IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT WE HERE AT PIB OFFER GREAT BIRD TRIPS TO THAT VERY SAME NEWFOUNDLAND. DID I MENTION THE ATLANTIC PUFFINS? CLICK HERE FOR DEETS.

We’ll know the NYT has finally grown up and gotten serious about the planet when they devout at least half as much space to birds and wildlife as they do millionaires competing in professional sports.