Minnesota Ecology and Nature
Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 193657103x
Learn about fascinating fungi of the North Woods in the first guide exclusively for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The bookís 120 species are represented with color illustrations, while the pages are loaded with natural history info and more.
Favorite Fishes of Minnesota
Trade Paperback ISBN: 1935380907
These laminated, fold-up identification guides-- FoldingGuides™-- speak for themselves. Written and illustrated by local experts who know their stuff, waterproof and indestructible, they're the perfect choice for beginners and intermediates who want to know what they'll encounter in their particular locale. This guide includes 58 freshwater species, both common and exotic, found in Minnesota's many lakes, streams, and reservoirs. Includes salmon, trout, bass, sunfish, crappie, catfish, gars, eels, even shiners, darters and other bait species. Typical size, both length and weight, as well as edibility index are included for each fish.
Ferns & Allies of the North Woods
A Handy Field Reference to All 86 of Our Ferns and Allies
Paperback ISBN: 1936571080
Ferns, horsetails and clubmosses are a surprisingly diverse group with a fascinating natural history. Some ferns are as tiny as golf tees, and others may tower to head height. Horsetail stems contain so much abrasive silica that they can be used to scour pots! Did you know that the spores from certain clubmosses are highly explosive and were used in creating flashes to light photos taken in the 1800s? This new addition to the North Woods Naturalist Series covers more than 100 species of ferns and friends native to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Range maps, habitats, nature notes and an easy to understand description for each species are paired with more than 250 color photos!
A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities
Paperback ISBN: 1517905494
An illustrated guide to the natural habitats and rich diversity of wildlife in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area Though the Twin Cities and environs have proven a fine habitat for one particular species, the three million humans who call the area home share these 3,000 square miles with myriad animals and plants, all in a mosaic of various ecosystems. While most of the region’s wildlife has lost its original habitat to agriculture and urban development, a significant patchwork of native and restored habitat remains—prairies, woods, and wetlands, along with pockets in the parks and open spaces throughout the cities and suburbs. This easy-to-use guide gives novice and long-time naturalists alike the tools to find and explore these natural places in the metropolitan Twin Cities, some within the city limits and all within an hour’s drive of downtown Minneapolis. John J. Moriarty is a congenial expert on the remarkable diversity of plants and animals in the region’s habitats, from prairies and savannas to woods and wetlands such as swamps and marshes, to fens and bogs, lakes and rivers, and urban and suburban spots. Featuring Siah L. St. Clair’s remarkable photographs, maps, and commentary on natural history, this field guide invites readers to investigate the Twin Cities’ wildlife—familiar and obscure, sun-loving or nocturnal, shy or easily observed. Here are snapping turtles, otters, and Cooper’s hawks, the wild lupines, white water lilies, and sprawling white oaks, among hundreds of species found in the wild, the park, or even the backyard. Including notes on invasive species and a list of references and organizations, this book is a perfect companion and an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in discovering the rich natural world of the Twin Cities.
Fish of Minnesota
Paperback ISBN: 1591931924
Impress your fishing buddies with the Fish of Minnesota Field Guide. It includes detailed illustrations and quick comparisons to ID the fish you catch. Plus, waterproof pages make the book safe to take on shore, in the boat or on the dock.
Fish of the Midwest
Paperback ISBN: 1591935830
Whether you're fishing on shore, off a dock or in a boat, keep this tabbed booklet close at hand. Based on Dave Bosanko's best-selling field guides and featuring 81 of the most common sport fish in the Midwest, the booklet is organized by fish groupings for quick and easy identification. Narrow your choices by appearance, and view just a few species at a time. The pocket-sized format is much easier to use than laminated foldouts, and the waterproof and tear-resistant pages help to make the book safe to take anywhere you reel 'em in!
The Forest for the Trees
How Humans Shaped the North Woods
Hardcover ISBN: 0873514807
Author Jeff Forester describes how humans have occupied and managed the northern borderlands of Minnesota, from tribal burning to pioneer and industrial logging to evolving conceptions of wilderness and restoration forestry. On the surface a story of Minnesota's borderlands, The Forest for the Trees more broadly explores the nation's history of resource extraction and wilderness preservation, casting forward to consider what today?s actions may mean for the future of America?s forests. From early settlers and industrialists seeking the pine forests' wealth to modern visitors valuing the tranquility of protected wilderness, the region known today as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has offered assorted treasures to each generation. By focusing on the ecological history of the BWCAW's Winton watershed, Forester shows how the global story of logging, forestry, conservation, and resource management unfolded in the northern woods of Minnesota. The result is a telling exploration of human attitudes toward wilderness: the grasp after a forest?s resources, the battles between logging and tourist interests, and decades of conservation efforts that have left northern Minnesota denuded of white pine and threatened with potentially devastating fire. The result of a decade of research, The Forest for the Trees chronicles six phases of human interaction with the BWCAW: tribal, burning the land for cultivation; pioneering, harvesting lumber on a small scale; industrial, accelerating the cut and consequently increasing the fire danger; conservation, reacting to both widespread fires and unsustainable harvest levels; wilderness, recognizing important values in woodlands beyond timber; and finally restoration, using prescribed burns and other techniques to return the forest to its "natural" state. Whether promoted or excluded, one constant through these phases is fire. The Forest for the Trees explores how tribal people burned the land to encourage agriculture, how conservationists and others later fought fire in the woods by completely suppressing it, and finally how scientific understanding brought the debate full circle, as recent controlled burns in the BWCAW seek to lessen significant fuel loads that could produce fires of unprecedented magnitude.
The Forest for the Trees
How Humans Shaped the North Woods
Paperback ISBN: 0873516508
"This is a book that can and should be embraced by conservationists, members of the timber industry, backpackers, hunters, and anyone who has hiked through a stand of timber, looked up through the sun-streaked canopy, and felt a giddy, primeval sense of wonder that only a still-wild forest can provoke." --David Weddle, author of Among the Mansions of Eden From early settlers and industrialists seeking wealth to modern visitors valuing tranquility, the region known today as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has a fascinationg ecological hsitory. Jeff Forester shows how the global story of logging, forestry, conservation, and resource management unfolded in northern Minnesota.
Gardening Month by Month in Minnesota & Wisconsin
Paperback ISBN: 1551053837
A beautiful perpetual calendar and month-by-month guide to gardening in Minnesota and Wisconsin that you can use year after year to keep track of your garden's progress. Every month has 12 pages devoted to information about annuals, perennials, vegetables, fruits, trees, shrubs or houseplants. Engebretson and Williamson also include important information on first and last frost dates and illustrated tables of climate norms and extremes across the Upper Midwest along with plenty of tips that will keep your garden looking its best. Each page is designed to inspire, offer timely ideas and help plan your garden year.