The California naturalist handbook
- Greg de Nevers, Deborah Stanger Edelman, Adina M. Merenlender.
- Berkeley : University of California Press, c2013.
- Physical description
- xv, 261 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm.
- Acknowledgements Preface Chapter 1: Introduction to California Natural History and the World of Naturalists California's Biodiversity The Biodiversity Crisis A Brief History of Natural History and Naturalists Traditional Ecological Knowledge Why Be A Naturalist? Field Notebook: An Essential Record for Every Naturalist Field notebook Field journal General journaling practices The Language of Naturalists Linneaus's classification system Geographic range Getting Out and About Explore! Chapter 2: Geology, Climate, and Soils Earth's Formation and Plate Tectonics Shaping California Rocks in California California's Climate Diversity of California Microclimates Soil Structure and Nutrients Nutrient Cycling Decomposition Mycorrhizal Relationships Mining in California Explore! Chapter 3: Water Scaling Water: From Molecules to Our Environment The Water Cycle Stream Processes Biological Inputs Chemical Inputs Physical Inputs The Path of a River Estuaries Intertidal zone Wetlands California's Lakes California's Freshwater Fish Rivers Today California Water Management and Law Challenges for the Future: Population Growth and Climate Change Explore! Chapter 4: Plants Lifestyles of Rich and Famous Plants Parts of a Plant Pollination Seed Dispersal Plant Communities of California Plants and People Native American Plant Uses California's Plant Communities and Climate Change Explore! Chapter 5: Forest, Woodland, Range Resources and Management History of California Forests and Their Management Forest Dynamics California Forests and Wildfire Fragmentation of Forests Carbon Sequestration Rangelands and Livestock Grazing Management Conservation Biology Explore! Chapter 6: Animals Evolutionary Groups Invertebrates Vertebrates Fishes Amphibians Dinosaurs Birds Lizards and Snakes Mammals Human Activity and Domestic and Introduced Animals Explore! Chapter 7: Energy and Global Environmental Challenges Forms and Sources of Energy Forms of Energy Sources of Energy The Energetic Basis of Life Energy Use by People Global Environmental Challenges Climate Change Ozone Depletion Dead Zones, Fertilizers and Manure Management Agricultural Issues Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration Air Quality Solid Waste Population Explore! Chapter 8: Interpretation, Communication, and Citizen Science Interpretation: Why, what and how The Interpretive Talk A Naturalist Walk Communication Communication in the Community Collaborative Conservation Citizen Science Explore! Glossary.
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- Publisher's Summary
- "The California Naturalist Handbook" provides a fun, science-based introduction to California's natural history with an emphasis on observation, discovery, communication, stewardship and conservation. It is a hands-on guide to learning about the natural environment of California. Subjects covered include California natural history and geology, native plants and animals, California's freshwater resources and ecosystems, forest and rangeland resources, conservation biology, and the effects of global warming on California's natural communities. The handbook also discusses how to create and use a field notebook, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and collaborative conservation and serves as the primary text for the California Naturalist Program.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Includes index.
- 9780520274808 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 0520274806 (pbk. : alk. paper)