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Common Dragonflies of California Second edition Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0967793467
ISBN-10: 0967793467
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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.
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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: 0.5 x 4.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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! 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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I bought the 1st edition of this book when it came out years ago, and corresponded with Kathy, and I was so appreciative of her efforts. And now this second edition is such an improvement over what I thought then was just about perfect. The photos in this edition are orders of magnitude sharper and more beautiful, and just sitting down and reading this compact jewel makes me feel like I'm viewing a gorgeous work of art!

I have other dragonfly books, including two on California/West Coast dragonflies, but this particular book is the one I've ordered extra copies of. For $9.95, assuming you live in California (or nearby?), this will serve you extraordinarily well, both as a work of dragonfly art & wonderment, and as a handy and accurate field guide when you go for a hike or other outdoor exploration.

In fact, this book makes me very much want to put a fountain or small pond or other water feature, on our property here in northern California.
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Just the right size to carry around with you when trying to ID dragonflies and damselflies in the field. Couple this with her web site, and you have the perfect combo for IDing the Odes you see or capture with your digital camera.
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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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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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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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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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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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