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Books about the Sonoran Desert Region

Cover - A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, 2nd Edition

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, 2nd Edition, Edited by Mark Alan Dimmitt, Patricia Wentworth Comus, and Linda M. Brewer

The landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region varies dramatically from parched desert lowlands to semiarid tropical forests and frigid subalpine meadows. Covering southeasternmost California, much of southern and central Arizona, most of Baja California, and much of the state of Sonora, Mexico, it is home to an extraordinary variety of plants and animals. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert takes readers deep into its vast expanse, looking closely at the relationships of plants and animals with the land and people, through time and across landscapes. more...


Cover - A Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona: with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands

A Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona:
with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands
, By Richard C. Brusca and Wendy Moore
Foreword by Bill Broyles

This watershed book takes us behind the picture-postcard views and into the landscape, where we can understand, appreciate, and enjoy the natural history of the spectacular Santa Catalina Mountains. Its vividly illustrated chapters and nine picture guides (featuring native flora and fauna) paint a rich portrait of this famous range. In clear, everyday language the authors explain just what the Sky Islands are, telling the story of when and how they came to be — their deep geologic and biotic history. They also describe ten stops along the Mt. Lemmon Highway where visitors can easily see and understand the eight major biomes found in this range. Hundreds of photos, a dozen maps and figures, and more than two dozen stand-alone profiles highlight special places, people, or elements of the Catalinas and Sky Island Region. more...


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"Dreaming Down the Rain" Broadside, Eric Magrane

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press has published its first-ever poetry broadside in honor of the Museum naming its its first-ever Poet-in-Residence, Eric Magrane. The poem celebrates the welcome and nourishing monsoons of our desert home and our connection to the natural world around us. Each broadside is signed by the author and comes in a brown paper sleeve. All proceeds from the sale of this commemorative piece support the programs of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. more...


Cover - Mission San Xavier: A Story of Saints and Angels, Art and Artists / Una Historia de Santos y Ángeles, Arte y Artistes

Mission San Xavier:
A Story of Saints and Angels, Art and Artists / Una Historia de Santos y Ángeles, Arte y Artistes
, Edna San Miguel (Author/Illustrator)

Saints and angels, missionaries and Indians, artists and conservators populate this fascinating introduction to a house of spirit, a Sonoran Desert landmark, and an artistic bridge to another era. A richly illustrated story for young and old alike, it is the perfect book for families to share. more...


Cover - Vanishing Circles: Portraits of Disappearing Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert Region

Vanishing Circles: Portraits of Disappearing Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert Region, By Linda M. Brewer
Foreword by Richard Leakey

Vanishing Circles is a richly illustrated volume documenting an important Desert Museum exhibition and showcasing the beauty and diversity of species rapidly disappearing from the American Southwest. more...


Cover - Land of Black Volcanoes and White Sands: The Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve

Land of Black Volcanoes and White Sands:
The Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
, Larry G. Marshall & Clark Blake

The Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Preserve was created in July 1993 by decree of the Mexican government. Conscious that we protect what we know, the authors of this book describe the geology, plants, animals, and human history of this special place. more...


Cover - Desert Waters: From Ancient Aquifers to Modern Demands

Desert Waters: From Ancient Aquifers to Modern Demands, Nancy K. Laney

Desert Waters provides an engaging and readable look at where we get our water in the Sonoran Desert and why we are overdrawing our water "accounts." more...


Cover - Desert Life / Vida Desértica:A Vocabulary / Vocabulario

Desert Life / Vida Desértica:
A Vocabulary / Vocabulario
, Doris Evans and Jesús Manuel García

Here is a handy bilingual vocabulary intended for students, teachers, writers, naturalists, and anyone else who needs quick access to Spanish words that describe the natural history of the Sonoran Desert region. Its small size (3" by 5") makes it a "natural" for a pocket, daypack, or glove box. more...


Cover - Seeds of Change: The Legacy of Father Kino

Seeds of Change: The Legacy of Father Kino,

Explore the life and times of one of our region's most influential historic figures, Father Eusebio Kino. In this 2007 issue from our sonorensis series, authors from Arizona, Mexico, Italy and Spain take you back to the late seventeenth century to illuminate the secular legacy of Kino as scientist, agronomist, diplomat and cartographer. more...


Cover - A Desert Illuminated: Cactus Flowers of the Sonoran Desert

A Desert Illuminated: Cactus Flowers of the Sonoran Desert, Photographs by John P. Schaefer
Essays by John Alcock, Mark A. Dimmitt, John Janovy, Jr. & David Yetman

This unique book combines stunning four-color photographs of cactus blooms of the Sonoran Desert with critical essays on cacti, their history, and their effect on the desert landscape and ourselves. A brilliant addition to any nature or photographic library, with photographs by Dr. John Schaefer, and essays by John Alcock, Mark A. Dimmitt, John Janovy, Jr. and David Yetman. more...