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Common Dragonflies of California Paperback – April 21, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0967793467 ISBN-10: 0967793467 Edition: Second edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Azalea Creek Publishing; Second edition edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967793467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967793467
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once again, Kathy Biggs has managed to pack an enormous amount of dragonfly information into an extremely compact format. --Rick Bailowitz, Author 70 Common Butterflies of the Southwest

Common Dragonflies of California is great! It fills the niche in California Wildlife field-guides that was begging to be occupied! The color balance is dead-on reality. With its petite dimensions and light weight, it should ride in the pocket or backpack of every naturalist, hiker and biker in the state from May through September. --Rich Stallcup, PRBO CA, author Pelagic Birds of Monterey Bay

Common Dragonflies of California is an uncommon book. Full of sound advice and chock full of excellent color photos, this book will be of great interest to any California nature lover. I am the kind of person who loves to know the name of every tree, shrub, flower, reptile, bird and fish that I see. Now that I have this little jewel, I'm going to learn how to identify the dragonflies too. The more we learn about nature, the more enjoyment we get from it. I highly recommend this fine book! I expect it would make a great present too, for the right person. --Tom Ogren, author of Allergy-Free Gardening

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The ONLY guide for CA's dragonflies. Now in it's 2nd printing, this 96 page pocket guide shows you how to identify all the common dragonflies found in California and is also quite useful in all the western states. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Kathy Biggs has been a nature lover all her life. As a child she traipsed through the fields and hills around her homes in the Bay Area, enjoyed camping outings, collected insects, and tried unsuccessfully to catch birds by shaking salt on their tails. After she married she and her husband became birders, first joining Mt. Diablo Audubon and then after they moved, Madrone Audubon in Santa Rosa. But it was when she and Dave built their wildlife garden pond using mostly native plants in Sebastopol, that the dragonflies arrived and became her passion.

When she discovered that there were no guides available for the dragonflies, she began collecting her own data which, as an educator, she decided to first "publish" on the Internet to share with others. The web site eventually evolved into her first book, Common Dragonflies of California, A Beginner's Pocket Guide (2000).

Kathy worked as an educator in her hometown of Sebastopol, CA in the Gravenstein School district for 18 years before becoming an author/publisher/dragonfly/wildlife pond spokesperson. She and Dave enjoy excursions to many areas both to see the dragonflies and to teach people about them and about wildlife ponds.

Kathy's second book, Common Dragonflies of the Southwest, A Beginner's Pocket Guide was published in 2004. This book includes the common dragonflies of the GREATER SW, inc. CA, NV, UT, CO, AZ and NM and not only includes more dragonfly species, but also expands the area where she and Dave can `teach' dragonflies.

In 2006 Kathy developed a dust jacket for her Southwest Dragonfly Guide which includes pictures of some of the endemic and rare California dragonflies. This dust-jacketed book now replaced the out-of-print Common Dragonflies of California (over 11,000 copies sold).

In 2007 Kathy and Tim Manolis (author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of California, UCPress) corroborated and produced the first ever dragonfly coloring book: Dragonflies of North America, A Color and Learn Book with Activities. This book is also available on a CD.

In 2009 Kathy totally revised and updated the out-of-print Common Dragonflies of California, A Beginner's Pocket Guide. The new revised edition has more species, better photos, and all updated accounts.

She hopes to turn you on to dragonflies and wildlife ponds too!

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We have a pond in our yard, and this book has given us the opportunity to identify those beautiful visitors that we have been looking at!
"revgee"
There are excellent photographs of all the species covered, and further references to online resources for information beyond the scope of a small pocket guide.
Yellowjacket
As a beginner in the study of these fascinating and beautiful creatures, I found this book clear, concise, and easy to understand and use.
T. D. Butler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "revgee" on May 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
We have a pond in our yard, and this book has given us the opportunity to identify those beautiful visitors that we have been looking at! The pictures are clear, and the descriptions are very helpful when it comes to looking for markings that help distinguish between two similar species. There is a handy glossary at the back where one can find the meanings of any technical words. This is a put-it-in-your-pocket-when-you-go-hiking kind of book. It is presented at a level that is clear for adults or those budding naturalists you might have running around....
So happy to have it in my natural history collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is really nice field guide to have. The photographs are great. Each entry is succint and includes one or two photographs together with a bold line the length of the dragonfly and printed in one of the dominant colors of the dragonfly. There is a checklist in the back so that you can keep track of what you see, and the introductory information in the front of the book is well-written. Though I bought this book for myself, I think that it also would make a great field guide for a child since the book is small, easy to use, and the photos are clear and attractive. It is well worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Butler on November 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a beginner in the study of these fascinating and beautiful creatures, I found this book clear, concise, and easy to understand and use. The text is simple and complete, and the illustrations are excellent. The small size of the volume makes it fit easily into your pocket for quick reference. Anyone interested in dragonflies will find the book an absolute MUST!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazing Grace on August 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
An awesome book! Easy to use with great photos. You'll never view dragonflies the same again.
At this price point it makes for an awesome gift...especially for all those kids you're trying to get turned on to nature instead of video games. After all - let's face it - dragonflies are way cooler than birding and all that other boring "outdoorsie" kinda stuff! (well at least according to kids who think birding is boring)
I highly recommend it. Now if we can just get her to do guides for some of the other states.....
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Ogren on May 7, 2001
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Common Dragonflies of California is an uncommon book. Full of sound advice and chock full of excellent color photos, this book will be of great interest to any California nature lover. I am the kind of person who loves to know the name of every tree, shrub, flower, reptile, bird and fish that I see. Now that I have this little jewel, I'm going to learn how to identify the dragonflies too. The more we learn about nature, the more enjoyment we get from it. I highly recommend this fine book! I expect it would make a great present too, for the right person. Tom Ogren, author of Allergy-Free Gardening
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yellowjacket on August 27, 2012
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I have a pretty extensive library of insect books. When it comes to Dragon and Damselflies Kathy Bigg's little book is the one I go to first. There are excellent photographs of all the species covered, and further references to online resources for information beyond the scope of a small pocket guide. I really like this book a lot!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on July 9, 2000
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I thought it would be tough to ID Dragonflies but with this book it has been suprisingly easy. Now if they would just hold still for the binculars!
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This book is beautiful. The glossy color photos are clear and gorgeous. It's introductory information is perfect for beginners like me. I'm looking forward to getting better acquainted with these amazing insects. I had no idea there were so many!
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