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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...


The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds

The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds, David Wentworth Lazaroff

The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds takes the reader into the high-energy world of North America's smallest bird. There is a sense of mystery that surrounds hummingbirds. more...


Hummingbirds of the West

Hummingbirds of the West, by Pinau Merlin

Hummingbirds, with their iridescent plumage, pugnacious nature, and high-energy lifestyle, are some of North America's most captivating birds. They both fascinate and entertain. They also can be a challenge to identify for many people. That's why the Desert Museum produced this colorful new guide. more...


Guide to Birds of the Salton Sea

Guide to Birds of the Salton Sea, Barbara W. Massey and Richard Zembal

This volume is the first full-length book to focus attention on the Sea's unique natural wonders and importance while providing a wealth of useful information for birders and naturalists. more...


A Guide to Southern Arizona Bird Nests & Eggs

A Guide to Southern Arizona Bird Nests & Eggs, Pinau Merlin

Southern Arizona is one of the premier birding locations in the United States. This book gives birders, naturalists and visitors to the region information on desert nests in this world-renowned birding hot-spot. Each entry includes Nest Shape and Material, Habitat and Location, Eggs, Possible Builder, Natural History, Diet and Feeding, and Similar Nests. more...


Soaring Birds of the West

Soaring Birds of the West, Pinau Merlin

Majestic, powerful, Elegant. Hawks, eagles and other soaring birds inspire awe and capture our imaginations as they float effortlessly above us. Learning to identify raptors is a fascinating, fun and engaging activity. This new pocket guide makes it easy! more...


A Field Guide to Desert Holes - Revised Edition

A Field Guide to Desert Holes - Revised Edition, Pinau Merlin

The revised edition of this quirky and popular field guide helps curious visitors -- as well as seasoned naturalists -- sort through the often bewildering abundance of desert holes so they can find out who's behind all that digging. Includes over 60 drawings of desert animals, their holes, and their tracks, and over 50 full-color photographs. more...


Desert Dogs: Coyotes, Foxes & Wolves

Desert Dogs: Coyotes, Foxes & Wolves, Jonathan and Roseann Beggy Hanson

Illustrated with 24 full-color photographs, Desert Dogs is an excellent resource for readers unfamiliar with desert life and anyone who seeks a better understanding of the canines that inhabit our neighboring desert, urban alleyways, and suburban backyards. more...


Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert, a Field Guide

Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert, a Field Guide, Nina Chambers, Yajaira Gray, Stephen Buchmann

This bilingual book contains descriptions, tips, full-color photographs and illustrations of the most common pollinators of the Sonoran Desert. It includes general information about pollinators, their habitats, and how you can help them do their work. The book also identifies and describes individual pollinators?hummingbirds, bats, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, flies, and beetles?and includes their distribution, conservation status, and the plants they pollinate. more...


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...


Venomous Critters of the Southwest

Venomous Critters of the Southwest, by Craig Ivanyi and Renee Lizotte

Rattlesnake, coralsnake, scorpion, and spider! The mere mention of these words sends most of us running for cover. In truth, these creatures don't present any great danger, as long as we know who they are, how they behave in nature, and what we should do to avoid unwanted encounters. It's all here, in a format that will fit easily in your shirt pocket or daypack. more...


Lizards of the Southwest

Lizards of the Southwest, Craig Ivanyi and Stéphane Poulin

Lizards, with their prehistoric appearance, beady little eyes, and often quirky behavior, hold great appeal for both adults and children. Unfortunately, most people are unable to identify more than a few. The Desert Museum took notice and produced this visually focused pocket guide. It not only allows you to quickly identify the Southwest's most commonly seen lizards but it also contains dozens of fascinating facts about their lives (such as a species that consists entirely of females and another that actually has a voice!). more...