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Jan 18, 2016 Scott Cox rated it it was amazing
This natural history is a good companion guide to Whitney's & Sandelin's "Field Guide to the Cascades & Olympics." The latter's introductory chapters focus more on forest communities, whereas Matthews' Natural History focuses more on the differences between northwestern regions (e.g. North Cascades, Olympics, Southern Washington Cascades, High Cascades and Western Cascades). Both volumes contain a wealth of information regarding the various flora & fauna of the region. I especially a ...more
Best field guide I've come across concerning the Pacific Northwest (but bleeds into many other regions). It's pretty non-traditional- very text heavy, lacking many of the pictures other guides would have. Thus, if you have good ID guides and are looking for more information to back up your ID, this is your book. It is more readable than any other guide I've seen. This book will help in the convergence of all natural disciplines into one interrelated idea of ecology.
Having loved the first edition, I had to get the updated edition as soon as it was published. This PNW reference book describes many of the plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects found in the Cascades and Olympics--and does so with great heart and gentle good humor. And hey, Daniel Mathews, it's about time for another edition!