Sunday, January 10, 2010

Review: Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States

There is just something pulling at me that wants to know more about the nature I observe when out birding.  There is a "naturalist" inside me wanting to get out.  I received the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States for Christmas and it is certain to feed the interests of that naturalist inside me. (The cover of my copy is different than that shown above.  Mine has a Western Tanager and Big Horn Sheep on it and shows that is is the 6th printing from 2008)

Here's the scoop on this book...its got a little bit of everything for people who like the outdoors.  From astronomy to spiders, from snakes to mushrooms, from birds to wildflowers, from cloud forms to national parks and preserves, from mammals to rocks.  No field-guide, especially one covering as much territory as this one, will be comprehensive and show every possible species of plant or animal.  I'm betting this field guide will however satisfy 90% or more of my curiosity.  There are 1000's of photos to help me identify whatever it is I am looking at and great little descriptions including habitat and range.

It's got a nice weather-resistant vinyl cover and the size is perfect for a vest or hip-pack.  I can't wait to get out into the field with this awesome field guide.

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