INTRODUCTION TO CALIFORNIA CHAPARRAL
by Ronald D. Quinn & Sterling C. Keeley
2006, 344 pages, 79 color photos, 57 line drawings, 3 maps. The characteristic look of California chaparral is not just a feature of the hills in Hollywood movies. The complex chaparral ecological community of plants and animals is a quintessential part of the entire California landscape. It is a highly resilient community adapted to life with recurring fires and droughts. This concise, engaging book describes an ancient and exquisitely balanced environment home to wondrous organisms: Fire Beetles that mate only on burning branches, lizards that shoot blood from their eyes when threatened, Kangaroo Rats that never drink water, and seeds that germinate only after a fire, even if that means waiting in the soil for a 100 years or more. The book identifies and describes chaparral’s common plants, animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Written for a wide audience, the field guide is also an introductory overview of the ecology of chaparral. Paperback; 4-1/2 x 7-1/4″.
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