A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities

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A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: University of Minnesota Press Pages: 384 Illustrations and other contents: 380 Language: English ISBN: 9781517905491 Categories: , , , ,

An illustrated guide to the natural habitats and rich diversity of wildlife in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area Though the Twin Cities and environs have proven a fine habitat for one particular species, the three million humans who call the area home share these 3,000 square miles with myriad animals and plants, all in a mosaic of various ecosystems. While most of the regionu2019s wildlife has lost its original habitat to agriculture and urban development, a significant patchwork of native and restored habitat remains-prairies, woods, and wetlands, along with pockets in the parks and open spaces throughout the cities and suburbs. This easy-to-use guide gives novice and long-time naturalists alike the tools to find and explore these natural places in the metropolitan Twin Cities, some within the city limits and all within an houru2019s drive of downtown Minneapolis.John J. Moriarty is a congenial expert on the remarkable diversity of plants and animals in the regionu2019s habitats, from prairies and savannas to woods and wetlands such as swamps and marshes, to fens and bogs, lakes and rivers, and urban and suburban spots. Featuring Siah L. St. Clairu2019s remarkable photographs, maps, and commentary on natural history, this field guide invites readers to investigate the Twin Citiesu2019 wildlife-familiar and obscure, sun-loving or nocturnal, shy or easily observed. Here are snapping turtles, otters, and Cooperu2019s hawks, the wild lupines, white water lilies, and sprawling white oaks, among hundreds of species found in the wild, the park, or even the backyard. Including notes on invasive species and a list of references and organizations, this book is a perfect companion and an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in discovering the rich natural world of the Twin Cities.

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"This easy-to-use guide includes pictures of plants and animals arranged by regional parks, from chipmunks to garter snakes, invasive buck thorn to oak trees. It will enrich your admiration for these creatures and plants that thrive alongside 3 million humans in a 'mosaic of various ecosystems.'"-Pioneer Press "Here is proof that you need not go beyond the boundaries of the metro area to find new and exciting natural places to visit, and fascinating to see."-Star Tribune "This easy-to-use guide gives novice and long-time naturalists alike the tools to find and explore these natural places in the Twin Cities metro."-Minnesota Outdoor News "This book is a perfect companion and an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in discovering the rich natural world of the Twin Cities."-Community Reporter "This a high quality guide for amateur naturalists in the Twin Cities region."-CHOICE

Author Biography

John J. Moriarty is senior manager of wildlife for the Three Rivers Park District. He has been a natural resources manager for the park systems of Ramsey and Hennepin counties and has been active in local natural history organizations. He is author of five books on Minnesota natural history, including, with Carol D. Hall, Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota (Minnesota, 2014). Siah L. St. Clair was director of Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, Minnesota, for thirty-five years. He serves on the board of directors of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis and has been involved in state and national environmental education and interpretation programs.