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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421412039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421412030
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.3 x 3 cm

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Visiting birders would do well to carry [ Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C.].

(BirdWatching)

The book is simply an amazingly informative work of art... if you're visiting D.C., by boat preferably, this guide is great to bring along.

(Chris Knauss The Star Democrat)

To most people, the only animals in Washington D.C. are political animals, but how wrong they are... If you love Washington D.C., nature, or even have a healthy curiosity of the natural world, this guide is for you.

(Scott R. DiMarco American Reference Books Annual)

Downtown sightings of such wild creatures as snowy owls, peregrine falcons, and vultures may generate media attention, but after persusing Howard Youth's Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C., I don't find these episodes as outlandish as the headlines might suggest... The guide represents a considerable documentation of the species that share our corner of the world.

(Adrian Higgins Washington Post)

From the Back Cover

Within weeks of arriving in Washington, I heard from my friend Mark Klingler, who was just completing the illustrations for a book about the natural history of my new home. Mark had teamed with author Howard Youth and photographer Robert Mumford, Jr., to create a neat and portable volume about the nature that exists in my new city. Using a combination of paintings, photographs, and prose, they tell tales of the city’s parks and paths and do a great job of exploring and exposing the biodiversity that permeates the city.

Located at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers at the head of Chesapeake Bay and just downstream from the Fall Line that marks the edge of the Appalachian Piedmont, Washington is a natural crossroads for migratory birds and a great place to experience the forests of the East Coast. The book describes the best locales to escape from sometimes frantic city life, places that provide opportunities for close encounters with nature.—From the Foreword by Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


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The nature of the nation's capital 28 April 2014
By Susan Lumpkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether you're a District of Columbia native, a transplant, or a tourist, the Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C. will open your eyes to a different "inside-the-Beltway" than the one dominated by monuments and museums. As impressive as these are, the natural world that exists in their shadows is all the more so for the contrast it presents. From nearly anywhere in the city, you are often just steps from spaces made lively not by politicians and lobbyists but by plants and animals. This indispensable book will show you how to find these natural spaces--some of which are well hidden--and the particular species to be found in them.

Author Howard Youth, a local native, is a life-long birder and an astute observer of nature, so he is the ideal tour guide. He knows, sometimes down to the precise patch of trees, where to find one or another of the area's some 330 species of birds, and when to look for them. He reveals where to find DC's tallest tree, and its oldest. His profiles of some of the more common species to be seen here are lively and informative.

And, not content to discuss only animals from insects to mammals and plants from to trees, he provides an overview of the area's interesting geology. He also sketches brief histories of the natural areas covered in the book which, not surprisingly, often have a political twist. For this reason, even naturalists loath to leave their armchairs will find much to enjoy in this book, including the lovely illustrations and photographs.

Everyone living in the DC area should have this book on their shelves: to check the identity of a backyard bird, to choose weekend outings, to learn something new about their home, to share with guests who have wearied of trudging through official Washington's halls of power and need a quiet break off the beaten path. No tourist should come without it.
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Five Stars 16 Feb. 2015
By Susie Humphreys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I look forward to good weather to be able to explore with this guide.
I especially liked the bird section 9 Dec. 2014
By Kenneth Packer - Published on Amazon.com
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As an avid bird watcher for over 50 years, I especially liked the bird section. The drawings had a wonderful feel of old Audubon and Peterson drawings. I am now motivated to go back to DC and do some exploration. Your maps are a great addition. Even the history you provide of the parks, make you want explore more of our capital than just it's political history. A worthwhile addition to any nature lover's library.
A must for nature lovers living in or visiting Washington, DC 12 Oct. 2014
By Swen - Published on Amazon.com
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This books allows you to experience an entirely different world in Washington, DC besides the monuments and museums. Despite all of the concrete and political darkness of Washington, DC, the natural world thrives and is there for all of us to enjoy. Howard Youth guides you to it and through it.
Nice new guide to natural DC 8 May 2014
By DC Peregrine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm delighted with this new book! It's well-written and visually stunning. Covers the many parks within DC, and the flora and fauna found there, with good pictures and interesting facts.
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