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Rocky Mountain and Southwest Forests

Rocky Mountain and Southwest Forests - rev edition

ISBN13: 978-0395928974

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ISBN13: 978-0395928974
ISBN10: 0395928974
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Edition/Copyright: REV 98
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1998
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Rocky Mountain and Southwest Forests - REV 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395928974

John Kricher and Gordon Morrison

ISBN13: 978-0395928974
ISBN10: 0395928974
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: REV 98
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

This comprehensive field guide includes all the flora and fauna you're most likely to see in the forest communities of the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. It includes 53 color plates and more than 80 color photos illustrating trees, birds, mammals, wildflowers, mushrooms, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, beetles, and other insects.

Table of Contents

Editor"s Note v Acknowledgments vii Preface ix

1. How to Use This Book 1

2. Forest Ecology 14 Essay: Plant-Herbivore Wars 37

3. Life Zones 50

4. Widespread Western Mammals and Birds 59 Essay: Elk and Sexual Selection 60 Essay: Pale Rump Patches 65 Essay: Antlers and Horns 66 Essay: The Selfish Herd and the Solitary Hunter 73 Essay: Old World and New World Vultures 76 Plate 1. Widespread Western Mammals 90 Plate 2. Widespread Birds of Open Areas 92 Plate 3. Widespread Forest Birds 94

5. West Meets East: Great Plains Forests 96 Prairie Riparian Forest 97 Essay: The Eastern Kingbird"s Dual Personality 102 Essay: Lumping and Splitting on the Great Plains 105 Black Hills Forest 107 Essay: What Is a Community? 113 Plate 4. Prairie Riparian Forest 116 Plate 5. Black Hills Forest 118

6. South Texas Forests 120 Gulf Coast Live Oak Forest 121 Edwards Plateau Forest 127 Essay: Mexican Birds 134 Lower Rio Grande Forest 136 Essay: Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Corridor 144 East Texas Pine Forest 145 Plate 6. Edwards Plateau Forest 148 Plate

7. Lower Rio Grande Forest I 150 Plate

8. Lower Rio Grande Forest II 152 7. Rocky Mountain Forests 154 Great Basin Desert 158 Shortgrass Prairie 161 Pinyon-Juniper Forest 165 Essay: The Interlocking Fates of Jays and Pinyons 172 Ponderosa Pine Forest 174 Essay: Bird Guilds 181 Aspen Grove 183 Lodgepole Pine Forest 191 Essay: Was Smokey Wrong? The Ecological Role of Fire 199 Riparian Forest 203 Spruce-Fir Forest 210 High Pine Forest 218 Timberline-Alpine Tundra 225 Animals of the Alpine Tundra 235 Essay: The Social Orders of Marmots 239 Plate

9. Pinyon-Juniper Forest 244 Plate

10. Ponderosa Pine Forest 246 Plate

11. Aspen Grove 248 Plate

12. Lodgepole Pine Forest 250 Plate

13. Riparian Forest 252 Plate

14. Spruce-Fir Forest 254 Plate

15. High Pine Forest 256 Plate

16. Animals of the Timberline-Alpine Tundra 258 8. Southwest Forests 260 Arroyo and Desert Scrub 265 Essay: Sonoita Creek, Oasis in the Desert 273 Mexican Madrean Foothill Forest 275 Arizona Madrean Foothill Forest 283 Arizona Canyon Riparian Forest 291 Southwest Mountain Forest 299 Essay: Arizona"s Occasional Parrot 307 Chihuahua Desert 309 Essay: How a Grassland Becomes a Desert 314 Giant Saguaro Cactus Forest 316 Essay: The Saguaro: Keystone Species of the Bajada 328 Plate

17. Arroyo and Desert Scrub 330 Plate

18. Mexican Madrean Foothill Forest 332 Plate

19. Arizona Madrean Foothill Forest 334 Plate

20. Arizona Canyon Riparian Forest 336 Plate

21. Southwest Mountain Forest 338 Plate

22. Giant Saguaro Cactus Forest 340

References 345

Index 348

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