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Field Guides

Cover - A Field Guide to Desert Holes - Revised Edition

A Field Guide to Desert Holes - Revised Edition, Pinau Merlin

The revised edition of this quirky and popular field guide helps curious visitors -- as well as seasoned naturalists -- sort through the often bewildering abundance of desert holes so they can find out who's behind all that digging. Includes over 60 drawings of desert animals, their holes, and their tracks, and over 50 full-color photographs. more...


Cover - Beetles of the Sonoran Desert

Beetles of the Sonoran Desert, by Wendy Moore
Beetle paintings by Priscilla Baldwin

Meet the Beetles! Use this handy pocket guide to help you identify the common beetles of the Sonoran Desert. Members of the order Coleoptera, beetles are one of the most common insects on Earth and they are well represented here. more...


Cover - Cacti of Arizona

Cacti of Arizona, Mark A. Dimmitt

The Cacti of Arizona Getgo Guide, which easily fits in your pocket is perfect for a spring hike in the desert. It introduces non-botanists to species in a half-dozen groups of cacti — from columnar cacti like the giant saguaro to mammalarias like the little pincushion. more...


Cover - Hummingbirds of the West

Hummingbirds of the West, by Pinau Merlin

Hummingbirds, with their iridescent plumage, pugnacious nature, and high-energy lifestyle, are some of North America's most captivating birds. They both fascinate and entertain. They also can be a challenge to identify for many people. That's why the Desert Museum produced this colorful new guide. more...


Cover - Lizards of the Southwest

Lizards of the Southwest, Craig Ivanyi and Stéphane Poulin

Lizards, with their prehistoric appearance, beady little eyes, and often quirky behavior, hold great appeal for both adults and children. Unfortunately, most people are unable to identify more than a few. The Desert Museum took notice and produced this visually focused pocket guide. It not only allows you to quickly identify the Southwest's most commonly seen lizards but it also contains dozens of fascinating facts about their lives (such as a species that consists entirely of females and another that actually has a voice!). more...


Cover - Outdoor Gizmos

Outdoor Gizmos, by Steven Phillips

This handy guide is intended for just about anybody who plans on spending some time out in nature. Seasoned hikers and backpackers will want to add these gizmos to their bag of survival tricks. For everyone else, this Getgo Guide will provide great entertainment, and maybe even an entirely new way of connecting with the sun and stars. more...


Cover - Snakes of the Southwest

Snakes of the Southwest, Craig Ivanyi and Janis Johnson

A forked tongue... no voice... eyes that never close... dry scaly skin and long limbless bodies that appear to ooze across the ground - often under the cover of the night. Sounds like a mutant beast from a horror movie, right? Not quite - instead, it describes one of the most fascinating and highly evolved groups of animals ever to inhabit planet earth - snakes! more...


Cover - Soaring Birds of the West

Soaring Birds of the West, Pinau Merlin

Majestic, powerful, Elegant. Hawks, eagles and other soaring birds inspire awe and capture our imaginations as they float effortlessly above us. Learning to identify raptors is a fascinating, fun and engaging activity. This new pocket guide makes it easy! more...


Cover - Venomous Critters of the Southwest

Venomous Critters of the Southwest, by Craig Ivanyi and Renee Lizotte

Rattlesnake, coralsnake, scorpion, and spider! The mere mention of these words sends most of us running for cover. In truth, these creatures don't present any great danger, as long as we know who they are, how they behave in nature, and what we should do to avoid unwanted encounters. It's all here, in a format that will fit easily in your shirt pocket or daypack. more...


Cover - Guide to Birds of the Salton Sea

Guide to Birds of the Salton Sea, Barbara W. Massey and Richard Zembal

This volume is the first full-length book to focus attention on the Sea's unique natural wonders and importance while providing a wealth of useful information for birders and naturalists. more...


Cover - A Guide to Southern Arizona Bird Nests & Eggs

A Guide to Southern Arizona Bird Nests & Eggs, Pinau Merlin

Southern Arizona is one of the premier birding locations in the United States. This book gives birders, naturalists and visitors to the region information on desert nests in this world-renowned birding hot-spot. Each entry includes Nest Shape and Material, Habitat and Location, Eggs, Possible Builder, Natural History, Diet and Feeding, and Similar Nests. more...


Cover - Mountain Trees of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide

Mountain Trees of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide, Frank S. Rose

A unique guide to our amazing native trees, this book features common and notable trees growing at 4,500 feet or more in the Sky Islands of southern Arizona. Unlike field guides of the past, it uses the same approach as Frank Rose's heralded Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona, providing not only a large image of each tree, but several smaller images of their components — such as bark, fruit, flowers or cones in various stages of development, as well as occasional photos of animals that find resources in those trees. more...


Cover - Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide to the Santa Catalina Mountains and Other Nearby Ranges

Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide to the Santa Catalina Mountains and Other Nearby Ranges, by Frank S. Rose

This definitive full-color field guide features images and notes on more than 370 species of southern Arizona's flowering plants growing at 4,500 feet and above. In addition to photographs of each plant as a whole (or a representative section), this guide provides individual images of a flower, fruit, and leaf of each species, allowing readers to easily distinguish between similar species. more...


Cover - A Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona: with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands

A Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona:
with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands
, By Richard C. Brusca and Wendy Moore
Foreword by Bill Broyles

This watershed book takes us behind the picture-postcard views and into the landscape, where we can understand, appreciate, and enjoy the natural history of the spectacular Santa Catalina Mountains. Its vividly illustrated chapters and nine picture guides (featuring native flora and fauna) paint a rich portrait of this famous range. In clear, everyday language the authors explain just what the Sky Islands are, telling the story of when and how they came to be — their deep geologic and biotic history. They also describe ten stops along the Mt. Lemmon Highway where visitors can easily see and understand the eight major biomes found in this range. Hundreds of photos, a dozen maps and figures, and more than two dozen stand-alone profiles highlight special places, people, or elements of the Catalinas and Sky Island Region. more...


Cover - A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, 2nd Edition

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, 2nd Edition, Edited by Mark Alan Dimmitt, Patricia Wentworth Comus, and Linda M. Brewer

The landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region varies dramatically from parched desert lowlands to semiarid tropical forests and frigid subalpine meadows. Covering southeasternmost California, much of southern and central Arizona, most of Baja California, and much of the state of Sonora, Mexico, it is home to an extraordinary variety of plants and animals. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert takes readers deep into its vast expanse, looking closely at the relationships of plants and animals with the land and people, through time and across landscapes. more...


Cover - Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert, a Field Guide

Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert, a Field Guide, Nina Chambers, Yajaira Gray, Stephen Buchmann

This bilingual book contains descriptions, tips, full-color photographs and illustrations of the most common pollinators of the Sonoran Desert. It includes general information about pollinators, their habitats, and how you can help them do their work. The book also identifies and describes individual pollinators?hummingbirds, bats, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, flies, and beetles?and includes their distribution, conservation status, and the plants they pollinate. more...