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The most comprehensive field guide available to the flora and fauna of the American Southwest--a portable, essential companion for visitors and residents alike--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. This compact volume contains: An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amph The most comprehensive field guide available to the flora and fauna of the American Southwest--a portable, essential companion for visitors and residents alike--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. 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 southwestern 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, 9 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 Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, or Utah, there can be no finer guide to the area's natural surroundings than the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States.


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The most comprehensive field guide available to the flora and fauna of the American Southwest--a portable, essential companion for visitors and residents alike--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. This compact volume contains: An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amph The most comprehensive field guide available to the flora and fauna of the American Southwest--a portable, essential companion for visitors and residents alike--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. 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 southwestern 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, 9 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 Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, or Utah, there can be no finer guide to the area's natural surroundings than the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States.

30 review for National Audubon Society Regional Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Waring-Crane

    Finding a copy of this treasure at a wonderful thriftstore in Sedona was the cherry on top of an already delightful trip. Until finding it, my only sorrow of the adventure had been my near-total ignorance of the desert flora that was on spectular springtime display. There is a certain power and satisfaction to naming. Once I had this book, I felt both as I reviewed the many pictures from our trip and named the beauty I'd captured. I squealed with delight to find the book not only features flowers Finding a copy of this treasure at a wonderful thriftstore in Sedona was the cherry on top of an already delightful trip. Until finding it, my only sorrow of the adventure had been my near-total ignorance of the desert flora that was on spectular springtime display. There is a certain power and satisfaction to naming. Once I had this book, I felt both as I reviewed the many pictures from our trip and named the beauty I'd captured. I squealed with delight to find the book not only features flowers (my personal obsession) but also star charts of the night sky, explainations of different geological formations, butterflies, mammals, and more. Overall very easy to use. However, a number of photographs were not clear enough -- either too far from subject or too shadowy -- for confident identification.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    If you want one book to bring on hikes or just in your backyard to identify animals and plants, this would be it. Sure, it only has the most common animals and plants, but the photos are great and it has the most common species you're likely to see. If you're interested in specific wildlife, like cactuses or insects or fish, you're better off getting a specific book, but if you just want to know what some common plants and animals are, this is a great book. We are in Albuquerque, though this boo If you want one book to bring on hikes or just in your backyard to identify animals and plants, this would be it. Sure, it only has the most common animals and plants, but the photos are great and it has the most common species you're likely to see. If you're interested in specific wildlife, like cactuses or insects or fish, you're better off getting a specific book, but if you just want to know what some common plants and animals are, this is a great book. We are in Albuquerque, though this book covers all of the Southwest.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    My partner and I used this book to identify flora on our trip to Zion, Escalante, and Arches. We had a great time looking at leaves and comparing them to the pictures in the book. Our favorites were the Fremont Cottonwood and the Arizona Walnut. We also learned how to classify different trees by their crown shape, bark color and texture, and leaf shape.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Really great, not everything naturally but 9 times out of 10 I find the ID I want for my photos of the specimen.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    Audubon field guides are the best. When raising my children, we had a bunch of them to help us identify rocks, mammals, flowers, birds, trees, reptiles, etc. Living in the NW USA at the time, we didn't have this one. Now, that we live in the SW USA, of course, I need it. It helped me identify the Angel Trumpet I saw on the shore of the lake near our home. I just gotta know stuff, and Audubon guides help me fill that need.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This book is just OK. For the (small) size of the book and the (enormous) scope of its content, I think the authors bit off more than they could chew. The book covers weather, conservation and ecology, habitats, rocks, minerals, fossils, topography and geology, the night sky, plants, mushrooms, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, etc., all in less than 500 very small pages. For that reason, even the most common insects that I see every day are not lis This book is just OK. For the (small) size of the book and the (enormous) scope of its content, I think the authors bit off more than they could chew. The book covers weather, conservation and ecology, habitats, rocks, minerals, fossils, topography and geology, the night sky, plants, mushrooms, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, etc., all in less than 500 very small pages. For that reason, even the most common insects that I see every day are not listed in this book. I think one would be better served purchasing a separate book for plants; animals; insects; rocks, minerals and fossils; and topography and geology of the region. Having said that, the color photos are pretty good though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

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    Chris

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    Susanne

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    Joe

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    Rick

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dotsie Millbrandt

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Furey

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    Kenneth McIntosh

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Borshowa

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lea

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick Neddo

  18. 4 out of 5

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    Anne Scott

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    Patricia A Enlow

  21. 5 out of 5

    Louise Chambers

  22. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

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    Kyler Bowers

  24. 4 out of 5

    Neil Shelley

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    Constantine Alexander

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

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    Ryan Sanders

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adam L Smith

  30. 4 out of 5

    Harriet Lobascio

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