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Natural History of the Islands of California Hardcover – February 3, 2003

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"An excellent book." -- Orange County Register

"My favorite field guides are actually works of natural history, published by the University of California Press." -- Los Angeles Times

"This wonderfully illustrated book is an extraordinary guide for visitors to these islands and a fascinating work of natural history for those limited to an armchair view." -- Audubon Magazine

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"This is a rich slice of information about California's islands —and so complete that it includes the less-well-known Farallon and San Francisco Bay islands. The authors' well-chosen language, style, approach, organization, and illustrations combine to carry one along like a raft passenger on a fast-moving river. I highly recommend it."—Michael G. Barbour, author of California's Changing Landscapes

"Rich in biological fact and historical anecdote, this book takes us into worlds that are made dynamic by geological, evolutionary, and human events. It shows how lively and eventful California's natural landscapes really are."—Peter Steinhart, author of The Company of Wolves

"This book is the best source easily available to those interested in the California islands' natural history. It gives a good overview for beginning students and the uninitiated, and enough details for more advanced audiences."—Lyndal Laughrin, Director, Santa Cruz Island Reserve, University of California
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Product Details

  • Series: California Natural History Guides (Book 61)
  • Hardcover: 645 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Editiion edition (February 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520211979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520211971
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This past year, I have been volunteering for Channel Islands Restoration on the Channel Islands. Book is an excellent source for information and understanding of the amazing ecosystems on these islands.
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The book does a very thorough job of covering the geology, botany, and wildlife of the Channel Islands. No other book is so complete. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that its somewhat light on the human history of the islands. That said, if you are planning a trip to any of the islands off the California coast, this is a great reference book.
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A lot of fascinating information, thorough and very readable. I bought this to prepare for a return trip to Channel Islands National Park and I think it is perfect. It's a well told 400 page portrait.
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This highly scientific but delightful book describes how the complex interplay of the geology, weather, and ocean currents
determine the development of the flora and fauna of these islands. Of particular interest is the complex interaction
between the presence of human activity and the introduction of domesticated animals had on native vegetation and land
and marine animal populations.
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