You've admired agates for their color and beauty--now learn how to find your own. Unlike other books, Agate Hunting Made Easy provides step-by-step instructions to help you turn those once-frustrating agate hunts into successful ones.
You'll have an experienced collector, Jim Magnuson, as your guide.
- He will show you photographs of what rough agates really look like in the field.
- His tips will help you recognize agate imposters that often fool inexperienced collectors.
- He will teach you how to hunt in a variety of locations, from gravel pits to lakeshore.
- Jim also provides a rating scale to help you estimate the value of your finds.
Between the covers of Amazing Agates, you'll discover everything you've always wanted to know about Lake Superior's banded gemstone. Mr. Agate himself, Scott Wolter, will highlight all types of agates, explain features within individual agates and give a brief history of the largest, most famous Lake Superior agates. Scott will even share his best picking locations with you. Ever wonder what your prize agate would rate? Check out the pioneering Scale of Value. Detailed images illustrate every agate, agate type and feature talked about in the book.
Snakes on the patio, salamanders in the basement, frogs crossing the road, and turtles nesting on the shore in the land of 10,000 lakes: from the enchanted child to the curious adult, from the amateur naturalist to the dedicated conservationist, living with wildlife in Minnesota means finding amphibians and reptiles in prairies and forests and your own backyard.
Amateur and professional alike will find this book a comprehensive source and a user-friendly guide, invaluable for discovering, identifying, and learning about any of the state's fifty-three amphibian and reptile species from the common American Toad to the little seen Western Ratsnake. This handbook takes readers through the steps for studying these species in the field.
Including current information about designations of species in need of conservation, this reference covers the latest research and work on environmental threats and amphibian and reptile protection, such as the deformed frog phenomenon, turtle legislation, climate change, and habitat restoration. With more than 200 photographs, written descriptions, county-based maps, habitat and distribution data, life histories, and circular keys to adult and larval specimens, the book brings readers up-to-date on Minnesota's new species and changes to scientific names. Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota is the most complete and authoritative guide of its kind.
Information in this book was partly funded by proceeds of the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.
You've seen animal tracks. Now learn what made them. This book features the tracks of more than 95 species of Midwest mammals. Realistic track illustrations and quick identification tips are designed for your success, to make tracking easy, from the backyard to the backwoods. The information is easy enough for beginners yet detailed enough for experienced trackers. Gait illustrations, scat photos and descriptions of other signs that animals leave behind help to ensure positive identification.
Concise descriptions of the animals and their tracks are combined with detailed drawings of the front and back prints, stride patterns and other important identifying aspects. A perfect guide for teachers, parents, hikers and urban explorers.
Your Quick Guide to Identifying Mammal Tracks
From the backyard to the backwoods, keep this tabbed booklet close at hand. Based on Jonathan Poppele's popular field guide and featuring only Midwest mammals, the booklet is organized by group for quick and easy identification. Narrow your choices by group, and view just a few animal tracks at a time. The pocket-sized format is much easier to use than laminated foldouts, and the tear-resistant pages help to make the book durable in the field. Animal Tracks of the Midwest features realistic track illustrations and size information for more than 95 species. With a step-by-step guide to track identification, as well as a track information chart and sample gait patterns, the booklet has just what you need to identify animal tracks in the field.
Brilliant photographs and down-to-earth advice are packed into this guide to over 300 annuals suited to the climate of the western Great Lakes region. Engebretson and Williamson provide information on light, water and nutrient needs, as well as recommendations on how and when to start your plants. This book also includes tips on planting, growing, recommended varieties and problems and pests.
Each summer millions experience the beauty of America's lakes--the whirl of sights and sounds as boats cut through the water and birds call to each other from surrounding trees. Now biologist and ichthyologist Bruce M. Carlson takes nature lovers to the side of the lake that few will experience firsthand--a dynamic world where fish feed and spawn, loons dive deep to snap up perch, and light disappears one wavelength at a time before reaching the ink-blue bottom.
With clear-eyed and engaging prose, Beneath the Surface explores the inner workings of Ten Mile Lake in Cass County, Minnesota. And from this intimate study, complemented by elegantly detailed illustrations in pencil, ink, and watercolor, we learn how the physical characteristics of a lake affect the plants and animals within it and how the various forms of life inhabiting a lake interact.
Carlson explores how the dynamics of a lake shift from day to night and from season to season. He outlines the effects of a storm on the wildlife below and reveals what the loon's four main types of calls communicate. He explains the impressive intricacies of a beaver's lodge design. And through special chapters that reveal the rhythms and constraints of various species of fish, Carlson shows anglers how to hone techniques to heighten fishing success.
A comprehensive update of the classic from the state's foremost expert
In the nearly half-century since the first publication of the landmark Birds in Minnesota, the state and its bird populations have undergone dramatic changes. This newly revised, expanded edition reflects those changes as well as the most recent advances in birding, making it the indispensable resource for birdwatchers in Minnesota, both passionate amateur and professional. Featuring full-color photographs and more than one thousand distribution maps, the updated Birds in Minnesota describes where and during which season the 443 species of birds in the state can be found.
Introductory comments by Carrol L. Henderson of the Minnesota DNR and Kim R. Eckert, author of A Birder's Guide to Minnesota, along with the expert contributions of David Cahlander of the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union, further enhance this new edition for today's Minnesota birders. This edition of Birds in Minnesota is the essential birding reference--at once authoritative and user-friendly, comprehensive and concise, eminently practical and a delight to peruse.