Southern Arizona Nature Almanac

Author: Roseann Beggy Hanson
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816523054
Size: 12.96 MB
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A guide to the area's natural resources covers plants, wildlife, and constellations, along with information about places to visit and the weather.

The San Pedro River

Author: Roseann Beggy Hanson
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816519101
Size: 11.68 MB
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The San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona not only features some of the richest wildlife habitat in the Southwest, it also is home to more kinds of animals than anywhere else in the contiguous United States. Here you'll find 82 species of mammals, dozens of different reptiles and amphibians, and nearly 400 species of birdsÑmore than half of those recorded in the entire country. In addition, the river supports one of the largest cottonwood-willow forest canopies remaining in Arizona. It's little wonder that the San Pedro was named by the Nature Conservancy as one of the Last Great Places in the Northern Hemisphere, and by the American Bird Conservancy as its first Important Bird Area in the United States. Roseann Hanson has spent much of her life exploring the San Pedro and its environs and has written a book that is both a personal celebration of and a definitive guide to this, the last undammed and unchanneled river in the Southwest. Taking you from the San Pedro's entry into the U.S. at the Mexican border to its confluence with the Gila River about a hundred miles north, she devotes a separate chapter to each of seven sections of river. Each chapter contains an eloquent essay on natural and cultural history, laced with Hanson's own experiences, plus an exploration guide brimming with useful information: how to get to the river, finding hiking trails, camping and other accommodations, birdwatching tips, access to biking and horseback riding, and nearby historic sites. Maps are included for each stretch of river, and the text is illustrated throughout with drawings from Roseann's copious field notebooks. Along the 40 miles of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, a sanctuary protected by the Bureau of Land Management since 1988, Hanson shows how the elimination of cattle and off-road vehicles has restored the river corridor to a more natural condition. She tells of the impact of humans on the San Pedro, from Clovis hunters to American settlers to Washington bureaucrats, and shows how, as the river winds its way north, it is increasingly threatened by groundwater pumping and urbanization. In addition to the "discovery" sections of each chapter, Hanson has included species checklists for habitats and plants, birds, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians to make this a perfect companion for anyone exploring the area, whether as occasional tourist or frequent visitor. The book's blending of graceful prose and practical information shows that a river is the sum of many parts. Roseann Hanson will give you a special understandingÑand perhaps a sense of stewardshipÑof this wild place.

Backroad Adventuring In Your Sport Utility Vehicle

Author: Jonathan Hanson
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071581863
Size: 14.33 MB
Format: PDF
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sport utilities are the most popular vehicles on the market, and they open up a world of possibilities for traverls with a yen to wander the trails of the backcountry. Backroad Adventuring is the perfect introduction to "green" beackcountry travel and camping with a sport utility vehicle. the Hansons' guidebook is tailored to families who want to travel and camp and have adventures in the great outdoors--wihtout harming the land. They give the reader comprehensive advice, including: Advice on driving, maintenance, equipment, packing, and camping; Sidebars featuring real-life adventures; 4-wheel travel for families; An appendix of information resources, including equipment manufacturers and organizations.

Victor The Reluctant Vulture

Author: Jonathan Hanson
Publisher:
ISBN: 1886679452
Size: 17.99 MB
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Victor is horrified to discover he must eat carrion. He would rather be like the falcons and hawks. After much trial and error, though, he finds being a vulture is perfectly okay. Includes a section on information about vultures, hawks, and other desert animals, as well as a glossary.