Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

Plants and Animals Among California's Oaks


Author: Kate Marianchild,Ann Meyer Maglinte

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781597142625

Category: Nature

Page: 202

View: 5857

Richly illustrated this book combines extensive research and years of personal experience to explore the diverse plants and animals that the oak woodlands nurture.

The California Naturalist Handbook


Author: Greg de Nevers,Deborah Stanger Edelman,Adina Merenlender

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520274806

Category: Nature

Page: 261

View: 7743

The California Naturalist Handbook provides a fun, science-based introduction to California’s natural history with an emphasis on observation, discovery, communication, stewardship and conservation. It is a hands-on guide to learning about the natural environment of California. Subjects covered include California natural history and geology, native plants and animals, California’s freshwater resources and ecosystems, forest and rangeland resources, conservation biology, and the effects of global warming on California’s natural communities. The Handbook also discusses how to create and use a field notebook, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and collaborative conservation and serves as the primary text for the California Naturalist Program.

Introduction to Earth, Soil, and Land in California


Author: David Carle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520258282

Category: Nature

Page: 226

View: 1707

This volume is an exploration of the soil in the state of California, discussing how soil ecosystems function, what lives in the soil, and an examination of various soil types -- featuring 92 color photographs and 18 maps. The author describes the relationship between humans and the land, and investigates the various uses and abuses that land in California endures -- large scale agriculture, mining, and development, as well as fires, floods, and erosion. The guide also details the history of land use in the state. Among many topics, the author has included information on: California's wildlands, farmland, cities, and landfills; California's ecological footprint on planet Earth; and the many different life forms found in soil, including bacteria, fungi, insects, and mammals.

An Island Called California

An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities


Author: Elna Bakker,Gordy Slack

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520907249

Category: Nature

Page: 400

View: 2863

Bakker’s classic of ecological science now includes three new chapters on Southern California which make the book more useful than ever. Striking new photographs illustrate the diversity of life, climate, and geological formation.

The Crow and the Feather

A Tale from the Oak Woodlands of California


Author: Wanda Bishop,Merci Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985793227

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 44

View: 5165

The first picture book that introduces children to the natural world of the Oak Woodlands of California. With its humorous story and detailed illustrations, The Crow and The Feather teaches children ages four through ten about a full cast of characters (Gray Squirrel, Coyote, Screech Owl, Scrub Jay, Crow, Steller Jay, Condor, Bunch Grass, and Valley Oak). The book includes notes to parents and childhood educators for meeting Common Core Standards and making the most of its vital ecological concepts. It is written by two childhood educators and wildlife museum instructors whose mission is to entertain and engage children with the varied habitats of California.

The Tanoak Tree

An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood


Author: Frederica Bowcutt

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295805935

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 2585

Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) is a resilient and common hardwood tree native to California and southwestern Oregon. People�s radically different perceptions of it have ranged from treasured food plant to cash crop to trash tree. Having studied the patterns of tanoak use and abuse for nearly twenty years, botanist Frederica Bowcutt uncovers a complex history of cultural, sociopolitical, and economic factors affecting the tree�s fate. Still valued by indigenous communities for its nutritious acorn nut, the tree has also been a source of raw resources for a variety of industries since white settlement of western North America. Despite ongoing protests, tanoaks are now commonly killed with herbicides in industrial forests in favor of more commercially valuable coast redwood and Douglas-fir. As one nontoxic alternative, many foresters and communities promote locally controlled, third-party certified sustainable hardwood production using tanoak, which doesn�t depend on clearcutting and herbicide use. Today tanoaks are experiencing massive die-offs due to sudden oak death, an introduced disease. Bowcutt examines the complex set of factors that set the stage for the tree�s current ecological crisis. The end of the book focuses on hopeful changes including reintroduction of low-intensity burning to reduce conifer competition for tanoaks, emerging disease resistance in some trees, and new partnerships among tanoak defenders, including botanists, foresters, Native Americans, and plant pathologists. Watch the book trailer:

Resilience Education


Author: Joel H. Brown,Marianne D'Emidio-Caston,Bonnie Benard

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9780761976264

Category: Education

Page: 105

View: 6662

In this book, the authors offer a set of principles and practical applications to help educators make a difference in their students' lives.

A State of Change

Forgotten Landscapes of California


Author: Laura Cunningham

Publisher: Heyday

ISBN: 9781597141369

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 1967

A California field biologist draws on historical ecology and extensive first-hand research to uncover regional history in the Golden State's forgotten landscapes, providing a visual testament to natural-world changes and related opportunities for conservation.

Tending the Wild

Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources


Author: Kat Anderson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520248519

Category: Nature

Page: 526

View: 2964

Demonstrates how Native American knowledge and uses of California's natural resources can contribute to contemporary conservation efforts, exploring the land management practices that Native Americans recall from their grandparents, such as how and when areas were burned, which plants were eaten and which were used for basketry, and how plants were tended. Original.

Wild Grace

Nature as a Spiritual Path


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781883991531

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 124

View: 9212

Eric Alan masterfully integrates his stunning colour photography of nature with profound prose on the spiritual dimensions of nature. Dividing the book into two sections ('Sensing the Spirit' and 'Living the Spirit'), Alan draws us into the natural world as cathedral where deep lessons await us. Alan shows us through words and images nature's teachings on: No Ceilings; No Floors; Flowing; Floating; Silent Support; The Faith of Stones; Life Giving Life; Awareness; The Colour of Peace; and Perseverance. In 'Living the Spirit', he shows us how to cultivate the wisdom that comes from attuning our lives to the natural world. Meditations cover: Home; Surroundings; Religion; Sex and Intimacy; Family and Community; Exercise; Stillness; Balance; Work; Education; Money; Ownership; Food; Music; Conflict; Sleep and Dreams; and Health. Eric Alan has created a beautiful celebration of the details of the natural world, and a meditation on living mindfully within it.

The Book of Owls


Author: Lewis Wayne Walker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780292707887

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 3597

A Natural History of California

Second Edition


Author: Allan A. Schoenherr

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520964551

Category: Science

Page: 632

View: 7428

In this comprehensive and abundantly illustrated book, Allan A. Schoenherr describes the natural history of California—a state with a greater range of landforms, a greater variety of habitats, and more kinds of plants and animals than any area of equivalent size in all of North America. A Natural History of California focuses on each distinctive region, addressing its climate, rocks, soil, plants, and animals. The second edition of this classic work features updated species names and taxa, new details about parks reclassified by federal and state agencies, new stories about modern human and animal interaction, and a new epilogue on the impacts of climate change.

The Long, Long Life of Trees


Author: Fiona Stafford

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300207336


Page: 296

View: 543

A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols. In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions.

The Humane Gardener

Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife


Author: Nancy Lawson

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1616896175

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

View: 4275

In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. The Humane Gardener fills a unique niche in describing simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world.

Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge

Ecology, Adaptive Management, and Restoration


Author: James Aronson,João Santos Pereira,Juli G. Pausas

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610911306

Category: Nature

Page: 352

View: 6060

Cork oak has historically been an important species in the western Mediterranean—ecologically as a canopy or “framework” tree in natural woodlands, and culturally as an economically valuable resource that underpins local economies. Both the natural woodlands and the derived cultural systems are experiencing rapid change, and whether or not they are resilient enough to adapt to that change is an open question. Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge provides a synthesis of the most up-to-date, scientific, and practical information on the management of cork oak woodlands and the cultural systems that depend on cork oak. In addition, Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge offers ten site profiles written by local experts that present an in-depth vision of cork oak woodlands across a range of biophysical, historical, and cultural contexts, with sixteen pages of full-color photos that illustrate the tree, agro-silvopastoral systems, products, resident biodiversity, and more. Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge is an important book for anyone interested in the future of cork oak woodlands, or in the management of cultural landscapes and their associated land-use systems. In a changing world full of risks and surprises, it represents an excellent example of a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to studying, managing, and restoring an ecosystem, and will serve as a guide for other studies of this kind.

Wonderments of the East Bay


Author: Sylvia Linsteadt,Malcolm Margolin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781597142960

Category: History

Page: 124

View: 9228

Recognition of the 80th anniversary ofone of the great urban park systems in the country in a beautiful, illustrated small format gift edition

Nature, Love, Medicine

Essays on Wildness and Wellness


Author: Thomas Lowe Fleischner

Publisher: Torrey House Press

ISBN: 1937226786

Category: Nature

Page: 270

View: 9145

"In Nature, Love, Medicine, nearly two dozen writers, poets, scientists, and healers reflect on what loving and needing nature really means to them. Read it, and you'll be stirred to ask the same of your own reflection—in the clearest, quietest pool you can find." —Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and Countdown By healing our relationship with nature, we heal ourselves. —Robin Wall Kimmerer A diverse array of people—psychologists and poets, biologists and artists, a Buddhist teacher and a rock musician—share personal stories that reveal a common theme: when we pay conscious, careful attention to our wider world, we strengthen our core humanity. This practice of natural history leads to greater physical, psychological, and social health for individuals and communities. Nature, Love, Medicine features writers with varied backgrounds and talents. Notable contributors range from conservationist and author Brooke Williams and award-winning author Elisabeth Tova Bailey to Vietnamese Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and internationally known poet Jane Hirshfield. Thomas Lowe Fleischner, editor of Nature, Love, Medicine, is a naturalist and conservation biologist, and founding director of the Natural History Institute at Prescott College, where he has taught interdisciplinary environmental studies for almost three decades. He edited The Way of Natural History and authored Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons and Desert Wetlands.

California Friendly

A Maintenance Guide for Landscapers, Gardeners and Land Managers


Author: Douglas Kent

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692800263


Page: 240

View: 1492

California Friendly® is California's future. Water reliability is dependent on using water wisely. We need to create sustainable gardens that rely on less water. This maintenance guide will help you support California's future:*Uncover the secrets of efficient irrigation.*Explore the techniques for irrigating with recycled water.*Get the maintenance tips for hundreds of California Friendly® plants.*Discover the methods and means of managing weed and pest infestations.*Learn how to maintain rainwater capture opportunities.This book has been written for every landscaper, gardener and land manager in Southern California. It has been produced by the very first collaboration between three Southern California organizations, LADWP, MWD and SoCalGas. Grab a copy--they are free--use the information in your garden and help us create a beautiful, thriving and sustainable future.

Fungal Diseases:

An Emerging Threat to Human, Animal, and Plant Health: Workshop Summary


Author: Forum on Microbial Threats,Board on Global Health,Institute of Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 030921226X

Category: Medical

Page: 488

View: 8625

Fungal diseases have contributed to death and disability in humans, triggered global wildlife extinctions and population declines, devastated agricultural crops, and altered forest ecosystem dynamics. Despite the extensive influence of fungi on health and economic well-being, the threats posed by emerging fungal pathogens to life on Earth are often underappreciated and poorly understood. On December 14 and 15, 2010, the IOM's Forum on Microbial Threats hosted a public workshop to explore the scientific and policy dimensions associated with the causes and consequences of emerging fungal diseases.