Florida The Ecotravellers Wildlife Guide

ISBN-10: 0126769850
ISBN-13: 9780126769852
Edition: 2002
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Description: Florida's natural heritage includes hiking and birdwatching trails, the wet wilderness of the Everglades National Park and continental USA's only coral reefs. This guide provides information on finding and identifying these attractions.

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 11/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 532
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Florida's natural heritage includes hiking and birdwatching trails, the wet wilderness of the Everglades National Park and continental USA's only coral reefs. This guide provides information on finding and identifying these attractions.

Foreword
Preface
Ecotourism
What Ecotourism Is and Why It's Important
How Ecotourism Helps
History of Ecotourism in Florida
Florida: Geography and Habitats
A Brief Eco-history of Florida
Geography
Geology
Climate and Best Times to Visit
Vegetation: General Characteristics
Florida's Trees
Palms
Citrus
Epiphytes
Major Habitats and Common Plant Species
Upland Ecosystems
Freshwater Ecosystems
Coastal Ecosystems
Parks and Reserves
Introduction
Getting Around
The Great Florida Birding Trail
Fishing
Canoeing
Manatees
Panhandle (PAN)
North Florida (NFL)
Central Florida (CFL)
South Florida (SFL)
Keys and Other Islands (KEY)
Environmental Threats and Conservation Programs
Major Environmental Threats
Conservation Programs
Return of the Whooping Crane
The Florida Panther: Teetering on the Brink?
Bald Eagle Recovery
Save the Florida Manatee!
Sea Turtles
Florida Forever
Battle For the Everglades
Alien Nation: Non-native Species in Florida
How to Use This Book
Some Definitions
Information in the Family Profiles
Information in the Color Plate Sections
Amphibians
General Characteristics and Natural History
Seeing Amphibians in Florida
Family Profiles
Salamanders
Toads and Toad-like Frogs
Treefrogs
True Frogs
Frog Population Declines
Reptiles
General Characteristics and Natural History
Seeing Reptiles in Florida
Family Profiles
Crocodilians
Turtles
Colubrid Snakes
Venomous Snakes--Elapids
Venomous Snakes--Viperids
Geckos
Iguanids--Anoles and Spiny Lizards
Skinks and Whiptails
Glass Lizards
Living with Alligators
Birds
Birds: Animals to Watch
General Characteristics and Natural History
Seeing Birds in Florida
Family Profiles
Loons and Grebes
Pelicans and Their Relatives
Long-legged Waders
Waterfowl
Raptors
Chickenlike Birds
Cranes, Limpkin, and Rails
Shorebirds
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Pigeons and Doves
Parrots
Cuckoos
Owls
Nightjars
Hummingbirds
Kingfishers
Woodpeckers
Flycatchers
Swallows and Swifts
Crows and Jays
Titmice and Nuthatches
Wrens
Kinglets and Gnatcatchers
Thrushes
Mockingbirds and Thrashers
Miscellaneous Perching Birds
Vireos
Warblers
Blackbirds and Starlings
Tanagers and Cardinal Grosbeaks
Sparrows and Finches
Why Is Florida So Full of Exotic Birds?
The Advantages of Colonial Nesting
Mammals
Introduction
General Characteristics of Mammals
Classification of Mammals
Seeing Mammals in Florida
Family Profiles
Opossum
Armadillo
Bats
Carnivores
Raccoon
Coyote and Foxes
Bear
Skunks and Otters
Cats
Marine Mammals
Pigs and Deer
Rodents - Mice, Rats, and Pocket Gopher
Rodents - Squirrels
Rabbits and Hares
Reducing Roadkill
Insects and Other Arthropods
General Characteristics and Natural History
Seeing Insects in Florida
Coral Reef Wildlife
References and Additional Reading
Habitat Photos
Identification Plates
WCS Conservation Work in North America
Species Index
General Index

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