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"In this single, portable volume there is enough information to satisfy the most voracious naturalist, whether Sierra resident or visitor, while also providing a wealth of useful illustrations (maps, line drawings, color photos) to assist in field identification. This is the book that can easily go backpacking with the plant enthusiast, birder, or butterfly collector."—Bruce Pavlik, Series Editor, California Natural History Guide Series and author of Oaks of California

"Storer and Usinger’s Sierra Nevada Natural History is the only book that covers so many aspects of this region's natural history in a compact form. I am thrilled to see that David Lukas has made the careful revisions necessary to update this classic book and make it even more useful and comprehensive. I plan to take it on every hike."—Edward C. Beedy, author of Discovering Sierra Birds

About the Author

Tracy I. Storer was Professor of Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, coauthored California Grizzly with Lloyd P. Tevis, Jr. (California, revised edition 1996), and wrote many other books and articles. Robert L. Usinger was Professor of Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Aquatic Insects of California (California, 1959), among other publications. David Lukas is a professional naturalist and author of Wild Birds of California (2000) and Watchable Birds of the Great Basin (1999).

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Product Details

  • Series: California Natural History Guides (Book 73)
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Second Edition, Revised Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520240960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520240964
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Parks on November 9, 2006
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Bought this book for some friends, and they've gotten quite a bit of use out of it for identifying trees and wildlife in the numerous parks in the Sierra Nevada near where they live. Sounds like a winner to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gregger on December 28, 2013
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This book, on its own, has quite a bit of history. The short entries have a lot of character and information. They definitely align better with the localities of the Sierra Nevada better than more general books of flora and fauna. There are more detailed books about wildflowers in the area. However, the range of coverage is pretty amazing. It definitely has answered quite a few questions that, even after 20+ years of visiting the same area, weren't exactly clear.

A nice resource for anyone written in an entertaining and engaging way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Radford on July 8, 2015
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I used the original version of this book back 40 years ago when the co-author was Usinger ("Sierra Nevada Natural History" (1963) by Storer and Usinger). I loved that thing and annotated it variously and color coded the page edges for quick reference to groups of species.

So I found that my cherished tome had been updated and "improved" and it was a no-brainer to buy.

What a disappointment!

Admittedly, I have not used this new book yet (just came today) but I am greatly put off by it's layout and poor graphics, compared to the old version. The old version was SO much more accessible with full page comparisons of species drawings for quick assessment and ID. It had weak color photos but they are better than the new ones. THAT is inexcusable considering how far (light years) photography and printing have advanced in the 41 years between editions. The new version has information scattered about and comparisons not so nearly ready-to-hand as the 1963 book.

Anybody use BOTH versions? I'd be interested in comments by people who knew and used the 1963 book and have used this one.

REVIEWS: I find it revealing that after 11 years (!!!) there are only 7 reviews of this book. Millions go to the Sierra every year and hundreds of thousands look for guide books such as this. SEVEN reviews??? That in itself is very telling.

I have John Muir Laws' guide book, which is beautifully illustrated and intensely and very usefully organized for quick ID of all manner of Sierra biota. My reason for buying the new Storer and Usinger update (w/o Usinger but deliberate revision of the old book) was that I missed the commentary that Laws lacks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy McCullough on May 1, 2015
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Great reference book. Illustrations and photos were awesome and had tons of information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Fountain on May 12, 2009
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Just what I was looking for, All the plants and wild life in the Sierras.
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