As one who has travelled widely around the world, I have in the course of my journeys discovered many places that I found beautiful, fascinating, relaxing, or pure and simply enjoyable; however of all the corners of the globe into which my adventures have taken me, none has lodged itself in my heart the way […]
As a specialist natural history book reviewer, the majority of books reaching me are ones I expected, having heard about their development from editors, publicists, or the authors themselves; but every so often one comes genuinely out of the proverbial left field. Such a unexpected recent arrival found its way to my desk…
Building upon one “premiere” species and the national park with which it is most strongly associated (Plains Bison and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, American Alligator and Everglades National Park, etc.) each month, the guide goes on to point out other parks where that species may be seen, other species that might also be seen in the same areas, and explains the ecological relationship they have to one another.
Unlike James Taylor, I will soon be going to California not only in my mind but in an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737. I’ll be there for a week to attend to some business for Celestron in Los Angeles and to speak at the San Diego Bird Festival. Thus in keeping with my preferred practice of taking along a book or two with relevance to my destination, I’m planning to pack copies of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of California by Alvaro Jaramillo and the recently published third edition of Insects of the L.A. Basin by Charles L. Hogue and James N. Hogue in my shoulder bag.