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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to the Rocky Mountain States (National Audubon Society Regional Field Guides) [Turtleback]

Peter Alden , Dennis Paulson , National Audubon Society
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1 Mar 1999 National Audubon Society Regional Field Guides
Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States belongs in the home of every Rocky Mountain
resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more;

A complete overview of the Rocky Mountain region's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns, and the night sky;

An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, mountains, forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others.

The guide is packed with visual information -- the 1,500 full-color images include more than 1,300 photographs, 11 maps, and 16 night-sky charts, as well as more than 100 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals.  

For everyone who lives or spends time in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming, there can be no finer guide to the area's natural surroundings than the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States.

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  • Turtleback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; 1 edition (1 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679446818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679446811
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 2.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,232,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Excellence which we now expect from these very informative guides. The perfect size for your pocket-don't visit the area without one, or you 'll miss out on a lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very pretty, but kinda useless 9 Aug 2003
By Casey Opdahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Turtleback
First, the positive: this is a very complete and very pretty-looking guidebook. It does cover just about everything from the night sky to lichens and rocks. I can imagine an eastern tourist leafing through, anticipating all the wonderful things they'll see on their trip through Rocky Mountain National or Glacier park.
However, in the field, the guide is next to useless, as there are no keys, no list of the details and differences that make, for example, one tree a Ponderosa and another a Lodgepole pine. The only way to disern what exactly you are look through the book randomly until you happen upon a photo (generally too small to supply necessary detail) that looks kinda similar to whatever it is you are trying to identify.
This book is best at capturing the endless possibilities of our Rocky Mountains, a compendium of all the wonderful things you may run across. It won't however help you actually find them.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audubon's Rocky Mt. States Field Guide: A great buy 14 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As with all of the National Audubon Society's field guides, the "National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States" is a most worthwhile purchase, perfect as a gift or for your own collection. The guide is durable and very portable, which makes it well suited for use in the outdoors. More importantly, it has excellent content. Despite its small size, the field guide contains a wealth of information. In addition to the usual focus on flora and fauna species, there is information on constellations, parks, ecosystems, and more. While the depth and detail of the information in the various sections is not vast, the breadth of subject matter more than makes up for this; the information presented is ideal for a general field guide. Moreover, the book is beautiful, filled with gorgeous color photographs. Residents of the Rocky Mountain states and non-residents will both love it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best field guide for your pack in most Rockies trips 26 Oct 2004
By Arthur Digbee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Turtleback
This is not the most thorough of all field guides imaginable but it is easily the best that I can imagine that you could take with you in the field. It really is pocket-sized! It will fit in the shirt pocket of my long-sleeved flannel shirts, though it's too heavy (450pp.) to be entirely comfortable there. It fits better in roomy pants pockets, jacket pockets, or the side pocket of a day pack.

The book has everything, including some geology and habitat information as well as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds and plants. It's exhaustive for the mammals that I've seen in the Rockies and nearly exhaustive for birds. It has good, small pictures of everything with information about ranges and seasons. There is plenty of information, clearly organized, to help you identify things that you see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent overview with some expected flaws 19 Jun 2008
By Mr. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Turtleback
If you're going on vacation to someplace in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, or Colorado then this is a logical purchase if you desire to understand your surroundings. It has everything from constellations to fungus to birds to mammals to insects to wildflowers and more. With such a small book covering such vast ground, however, it can be expected to have some issues.
My biggest bone to pick is their exclusion of female bird pictures from the bird section with the exception of a select few species. The section would be great if the only birds in nature were males, but I can't tell you the number of female birds that I could not identify because their pictures weren't included in the book.
The lack of maps showing different species' range was a bit bothersome as well. While they do list in text the places where species can be found in the region, it would be much more clear and simple to see this represented on a map. It would also allow you to see where else in the US these species can be found rather that simply where in the Rockies they may be found.
Some of the pictures are a bit small to be useful for identification, specifically the wildflowers, and I also found a few species of fungus in the field which I was unable to identify with the book. This was not because of the picture but because they seemingly weren't included in the book. One particularly frustrating example was the fact that the most common lichen I saw the whole trip, a shaggy bright green number that grew literally on EVERYTHING, was not in the book. This really blew my mind. It's possible that it is only that color in the spring and turns gray for the rest of the year in which case I may have an idea what it is, but if this is the case then there should be a note about this very fact.
All complaints aside, I was able to identify a LOT of wildlife with this book and it's hard to imagine finding more info in one book. The only alternative would have been purchasing specific books on each type of wildlife which would have been impractical and costly. I probably would recommend this book although there are a number of improvements that the Audobon Society could make.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 22 April 2014
By J. DiGrigoli - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book on a trip through the Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Everyone joining me on the trip enjoyed it during our many tours. It is great to have a reference to so many different topics all in one.
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