9780520254671

Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520254671

  • ISBN10:

    0520254678

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-07-08
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

Jules Evens weaves history, science, and personal anecdote into an absorbing chronicle of one of the most biologically diverse places on the North American continent. His account of this enchanted "island in time," separated by tectonics from the rest of the continent, provides a comprehensive overview of the Point Reyes peninsula, exploring its natural abundance and its haunting appeal. Evens thoroughly investigates the climate, geology, and flora and fauna of Point Reyes, giving special attention to its most characteristic species and their ecological relationships. He delves into the past as well, evoking images of salmon-swollen creeks, herds of elk, and canyons echoing with the cries of cougars to enliven our imagination and set the stage as he traces the changes that have occurred at Point Reyes since the first Spanish explorers visited its shores in the late 1500s. Extensively illustrated with color photographs, original illustrations, and maps, the book also includes species lists for the reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, common invertebrates, fish, and plants found on the peninsula today, making it an essential companion for anyone who plans to visit one of California's most unique natural areas.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Climate: Cycles of the Seasonsp. 1
Geology: Substrate and Soilsp. 35
Plant Communities: An Overlay of Influencesp. 61
Marine Invertebrates, Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles: From Ocean's Edge to Serpent's Lairp. 111
Birds: The Sky Peoplep. 151
Land Mammals: Aplodontia to Zapusp. 203
Marine Mammals: Survivors of the Harvestp. 241
Epiloguep. 277
Codap. 279
Rare Plants of the Point Reyes Peninsula by Habitatp. 281
Threatened, Rare, and Endangered Fauna of Point Reyes National Seashorep. 285
Common Point Reyes Butterflies Checklistp. 287
Point Reyes Birds Checklistp. 291
Point Reyes Mammals Checklistp. 305
Notesp. 309
Referencesp. 311
Art Creditsp. 337
Indexp. 339
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