Naturalist's Big Bend
An Introduction to the Trees and Shrubs, Wildflowers, Cacti, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Fish, and Insects
Natural History - Travel Guide
6.125 x 9.25, 208 pp.
28 color photos., 15 b&w photos., Line art.
Pub Date: 11/21/2001
Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series
  cloth
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978-1-58544-155-6
  paper
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978-1-58544-156-3

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Naturalist's Big Bend

An Introduction to the Trees and Shrubs, Wildflowers, Cacti, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Fish, and Insects

By Roland H. Wauer and Carl M. Fleming

In southwest Texas where the Rio Grande arcs southward into Mexico lies Big Bend National Park, 708,221 acres of river floodplain, desert, grasslands, and majestic mountains, a richly varied enviroment that exist more or less as it did before man’s arival. The wealth of the Big Bend is in its dramatic landscape, which provides natural habitiats ranging form desert to alpine, and its consequently impressive variety of flora and fauna.

Intended as a biological introduction to one of the nation’s ourstanding natural systems, Naturalist’s Big Bend highlights the distinctive plants and animal of the region, such as the century plant, which grows twenty-five to fifty-five years, blooms magnificently, and dies; candelilla, fomr which wax is made; prickly pear cactus; the javelina, North America’s only native pig; the colima warbler; the rare Texas lyre snake; the Big Bend gambusia fish; the tarantula; and the Big Bend quonker katydid.

This comprehensive field guide, revised and enlarged in a new edition, describes the area’s archaeology and history, and details the characteristics and habitats of Big Bend’s trees and shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. It also outlines walking and driving tours of the most likely spots for sighting these plants and animals. An extensive bibliography is included.

ROLAND H. WAUER, formerly chief park naturalist for Big Bend National Park and chief of the Division of Natural Resources, National Park Service, is the author of numerous publications of the Big Bend region and of Naturalist’s Mexico, also published by Texas A&M University Press.

What Readers Are Saying:

“This comprehensive field guide, revised and completely updated in a new edition, recounts the area’s archaeology and history, describes the characteristics and habitats of Big Bend’s remarkable variety of plants and animals, and outlines walking and driving tours of the most likely spots for sighting these natural wonders.” --Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society

"The strength of the work is the vast information offered by Wauer in direct, uncluttered style." --Southern Living

"An indispensable guide for anyone visiting the Big Bend area." --Choice

“This is a delightful journey through Texas with an experienced naturalist as the guide...beautiful hardcover book . . . ” --Homegrown

“This is a quite an impressive little guide to Big Bend. Good job.” --SIDA

“This small book may help to awaken a greater interest by potential park visitors to this remarkable landscape and biome. Of particular value for the serious naturalist or tourist is the extensive bibliography of over 600 works that coves the major titles available for each of the groups. Using this list, anybody seriously interested in learning more detail about any part of Big Bend’s natural history will have no trouble doing so.” --E-STREAMS

“This new release should whet the appetite of prospective visitors to Big Bend Country, whether they be casual tourists or serious researchers.” --Journal of the West

“Give the reader an excellent grounding in the natural wonders of Big Bend.” --Journal of the West

“An extensive bibliography offers the serious scientist a good start on further research and exploration into the park’s flora and fauna.” --Journal of the West

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