Book Review:: Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Plants of the Pacific Northest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska features nearly 800 plants common to the coast of the Pacific Northwest and is one of my most often referenced plant books. Boasting over 1,000 each photos and drawings, plants are described in good detail including information about plant structure such as leaf shape and color, fruit types and flowers. Color-coded range maps accompany each plant species and in addition the book lists the ecology, what habitat type each plant is likely to be found.

Each plant also has various notes which often include ethnobotany information about the local tribes and how the plants were used, either for food, medicine or craft. The notes also sometimes describe if a plant is toxic, if any parts are edible, how and when it was discovered or…

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Book Review:: Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest is an essential resource which has been mentioned and linked to countless times in various posts over time. Written by Russell Link, a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, he’s also the author of a companion book, Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. This book covers all aspects of designing for wildlife and is valuable not only for those living in the Pacific Northwest.

Divided into 5 parts, the book covers habitat design and maintenance, describes the many species of wildlife found in the Pacific Northwest, highlights special features of the landscape, and touches on what Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest is about, coexisting with wildlife. The appendices are…

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Book Review:: Small Green Roofs

Written by four experts in the field of green roofs, the new book Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living was promising before it was even released. It doesn’t disappoint. Full of information about small green roofs, their construction and biodiversity and plants, over half is devoted to 40 case studies. The book is full of inspiring and beautiful images of a wide variety of green roofs on all manner of buildings and structures. Written for homeowners, architects, landscape architects or ecologists, it’s a valuable resource on a practical level that serves as an excellent companion to the many other green roof books on the market, while at the same time offering a completely unique approach to the…

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Book Review:: Bumblebees

The newly released 3rd edition of Bumblebees, number 6 of the Naturalists’ Handbooks series for ecology and identification by Pelagic Publishing, is a phenomenal resource. Focused on British bumblebees, this book is full of information about all aspects of the ecology of bumblebees which makes it a valuable resource for readers in any location. It’s a book which is not overburdened with too much scientific data (although much is referenced), but still packs in a great deal of information, this book is very useful. I recently researched bumblebees for an Urban Species Profile and I wish I’d had this book then because it contains all of the information I had to gather from many different resources.

The book begins with a description of how to recognize bumblebees…

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Book Review:: Bugs in the System

Bugs In The System: Insects And Their Impact On Human Affairs by May R. Berenbaum is a fantastic guide to the world of insects. Not only does it introduce basics of insect biology and behavior, it also delves into the fascinating world of cultural entomology and their impact on humans. It’s a great overview on the world of insects that anyone can appreciate.

The book begins as many books about wildlife do, with taxonomy. I appreciate this topic despite the tedious aspect of if, because it’s so important and it really is quite interesting to learn about taxonomy and classification of different organisms. This book takes the history of taxonomy way back and makes a case for the importance of naming organisms by stating that knowing how something…

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Earth Day Reading Project

This post is a contribution to the Earth Day Reading Project – Blog Meme, from The Sage Butterfly. Adrian, from the Ecological Gardening blog invited me to participate in this project. The idea is to “list at least three books that inspired you to perform any sustainable living act or inspired you to live green, and then tell us why they inspired you. These books do not have to be about green living.”

UPDATE:: You can now find a summary of all of the blogs that participated and the books which were chosen on The Sage Butterfly.

David Attenborough

There have been no influences or inspirations in my life greater than David Attenborough. I’ve long been a fan of his TV shows which include some of the more recent productions such as Life, Planet Earth, Blue Planet: Seas of Life, and the entire Life series….

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