The number-one book for tree identification in Michigan and the Great Lakes
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Revised and expanded edition of the classic Mammals of the Great Lakes Region
Updated edition of the classic botanical guide to the Great Lakes region
Of Michigan's great wealth of natural resources, few have been more important in the past or are more highly valued today than our forests and the trees which compose them. Not only are they a continuous source of raw materials for industry and agriculture but they affect the climate, water resources, and soil, purify our air, furnish food and shelter for wildlife and are indispensable to our vast recreational and scenic areas. They form a basic part of our diverse natural environment - our ""biodiversity."" Their protection and management are vital to the state's wellbeing. Industries which depend upon trees for their existence are major employers and rank high in the state's economy. The annual production and manufacture of forest products is measured in billions of dollars. The recreation ""industry,"" including vacation travel, resorts, food, lodging, hunting, fishing, and camping, is likewise a multi-billion dollar a year business. Equally important is the intangible wealth which trees bring to us through sheer enjoyment of beauty and love of nature. Whether in field, fencerow, woodlot or forest, or along highways, rural roads, urban streets, or greenbelts, this bounty is ours for the taking. We have only to picture ourselves without trees to appreciate this value.
The essential reference for identifying shrubs and woody vines in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
All the wild trees, shrubs, and woody vines in the area north to Newfoundland, south to North Carolina and Tennessee, and west to the Dakotas and Kansas are described in detail. Accounts of 646 species include shape and arrangement of leaves, height, color, bark texture, flowering season, and fruit. Clear, accurate drawings illustrate leaves, flowers, buds, tree silhouettes, and other characteristics.
DIVOne of the handiest and most widely used identification aids. Fruit key covers 120 deciduous and evergreen species; twig key covers 160 deciduous species. Easily used. Over 300 photographs. /div
A comprehensive guide to Michigan’s wild-growing seed plants
In Between Earth and Sky, a rich tapestry of personal stories, information, and illustrations, world-renowned canopy biologist Nalini M. Nadkarni becomes our captivating guide to the leafy wilderness above our heads. Through her luminous narrative, we embark on a multifaceted exploration of trees that reveals the profound connections we have with them, the dazzling array of things they can provide us, and the powerful lessons they teach us.
A guide to reptiles and amphibians in the Great Lakes region, by one of the nation's leading experts
A passionately intelligent, exquisitely illustrated guide to the native trees of the North American continent that offers an informative and entertaining blueprint for rebuilding the biosphere
A Great Lakes Wetland Flora (Fourth Edition) is a comprehensive field guide to the vascular plants found in the wetlands of the Upper Midwest - the plants of bogs, fens, swamps, marshes, wet meadows, and low prairie - plus the aquatic plants of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. The Fourth Edition features many new illustrations and incorporates the June 2012 Wetland Indicator Status classification of the National Wetland Plant List; this replaces earlier lists developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and is the standard for use in wetland delineation studies. Definitions for the indicators have been revised, and are based on regions, 4 of which are present in the Great Lakes area: Midwest, Northcentral and Northeast, Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, and Great Plains. The Flora's thoroughness and ease-of-use have made it a favorite reference with botanists, natural resource managers, environmental consultants, students and educators. Contents• Complete coverage of aquatic and wetland plants of the Upper Midwest - Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. • Over 900 plant species in 114 plant families; each species described (including habitat and range information) and illustrated. • Descriptions of major wetland types of the Great Lakes region.• Identification of plants of conservation concern in each state (endangered, threatened, special concern). • Alphabetically arranged by plant family within four major plant groups - Ferns and Fern Allies, Conifers, Dicots, and Monocots - for quickly finding and identifying plants. • Easy-to-use keys to each plant family, genus, and species.
Did you know . . . ? Michigan is seventeenth in oil production in the United States. The Great Lakes are said to be the only glacially produced structures that can be seen from the moon. Michigan was once part of a coral reef. The wood frog is one of the commonest true frogs of moist woodland floors in Michigan today and is able to freeze solid during the winter without harmful effects. These and many more amazing facts await the curious traveler in The Michigan Roadside Naturalist, J. Alan and Margaret B. Holman's captivating guide to the natural treasures of Michigan. A perfect accompaniment to the classic Michigan Trees and The Forests of Michigan, this user-friendly guide offers a Who's Who of the geology, biology, and archaeology of the Great Lakes State, as well as highway adventures along the state's major routes. The book begins with an educational yet accessible tour of important points in Michigan's natural and archaeological history, followed by seven road trips based on commonly traveled state routes, moving from south to north in the Lower Peninsula and east to west in the Upper Peninsula. Readers can proceed directly to the road trips or familiarize themselves with the state's treasure trove of fascinating features before embarking. Either way, an informative and fun odyssey awaits the passionate naturalist, amateur or otherwise. J. Alan Holman is Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Michigan State University Museum and Emeritus Professor of Geology and Zoology at Michigan State University. Margaret B. Holman is Research Associate at Michigan State University Museum and Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University.
Small enough to carry in a backpack, this comprehensive guide explores the many diverse natural communities of Michigan, providing detailed descriptions, distribution maps, photographs, lists of characteristic plants, suggested sites to visit, and a dichotomous key for aiding field identification. This is a key tool for those seeking to understand, describe, document, conserve, and restore the diversity of natural communities native to Michigan.
A guide to plants found in the Great Lakes region covers such topics as preparation techniques, medical uses, edible qualities, chemical breakdown, poisonous aspects, and commercial value.
This latest edition of Vascular Flora of Illinois includes over thirty-four hundred species of flora from Illinois, adding more than 250 newly-recognized plants to this definitive collection. Because cataloguing our heritage is foremost in importance among naturalists, this book compiles essential information about plants in Illinois. Mohlenbrock includes all known taxa native to Illinois either at present or in the past and all non-native vascular plants that grow spontaneously and appear able to maintain themselves year after year without cultivation. The sequence of groups in the guide is ferns, conifers, and flowering plants, with cotyledons given before monocotyledons. Within each group, the families are arranged alphabetically, as are the genera within each family and the species within each genus. For each taxon recognized in this book, Mohlenbrock gives us a common name if one is generally used in Illinois. He follows this with an indication of flowering time for flowering plants, and of spore-production time in the case of ferns and their relatives. He also provides a habitat statement and a general comment on distribution in Illinois for each taxon. Containing information on Illinois flora not available anywhere else, this fourth edition of Vascular Flora of Illinois is essential for ecologists, environmentalists, and land developers. Those interested in wildflower identification will also find this guide helpful.
Provides illustrations of Michigan's recorded butterflies and skippers and comments on their identification, habitat, adult food sources, larval host plants and distribution in the state.

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