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Cascade-Olympic Natural History: A Trailside Reference

4.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Paperback, 640 pages
Published September 28th 1999 by Raven Editions (first published September 1999)
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Scott Cox
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
Glen McHargue
Nov 07, 2009 Glen McHargue is currently reading it
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.
Patricia Lichen
May 28, 2011 Patricia Lichen rated it it was amazing
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!
Kelda
Feb 16, 2008 Kelda rated it it was amazing
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Awesome! A field guide that is not just plants! Also, animals, tracks, mushrooms, lichen, geology (?!!) I only wish it was small enough to take into the woods more often, but then it would need an accompanying magnifying glass.
Kenneth
Oct 30, 2011 Kenneth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature
goodreads needs a "reference" shelf added to "currently reading" "read" and "to read".
excellent guide to my local mountain wilderness
Lafcadio
Jan 29, 2008 Lafcadio rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jenna
Recommended to Lafcadio by: Paul
Narrative style exploration of Pacific Northwest natural history.
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