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This is a wonderful book. I have always loved and collected books by Daniel Matthews so was very excited to see this one. It is chalked full of information. And as usual he helps with the pronunciation of the Latin names. Welcome information on my part. The photographs in this book go a step beyond in helping to make an identification. All of the books in the Timber Press series about the Pacific Northwest are excellent. This one maintains that excellence and then some. And no, I don't work for or know anyone who works for this publishing company. I am just a book collector with a lot to compare it to.
This book is a little heavy for carrying around in a pack but well worth the trouble. Not only does it cover (including color photos) mammals, birds, plants, fish, and insects, but also mushrooms, liverworts, lichen, insects, even a couple of microbes, and more. There are chapters on geology and climate as well, which provide more information about the environment of the various organisms in the Pacific Northwest mountains. There is extra information, also, like the uses Native peoples have for the various organisms. There are fun facts: more people in North America are killed by moose than by grizzly bears! And we know there are carnivorous plants like Venus Flytraps, but there are also carnivorous mushrooms! And the author is funny. Several times I had to stop reading to explain to my spouse why I was laughing out loud. Well bound and well worth the price.
It's a nice addition to anyone's nature library, plus an invaluable single source handbook for field studies. With the breadth of the taxa being covered, it would be impossible to cover everything completely. But this guide is a nice balance of information. The flex binding is very nice. The color plates and descriptions are crisp and helpful.
Very detailed and covers lots of material without overwhelming the amateur. It's written in a very accessible way and laid out in a logical manner - my favorite two traits of this guide. It also goes deep enough to satisfy the seasoned amateur naturalist. I love a guide with photos rather than the old "plates" format with line drawings. It simply makes everything come alive and lends to easier identification.
Honestly I love ALL timber press field guides. The only thing I dislike about this book is that it talks about evolution in the beginning but other than that it’s a great book! The pages are thick and good quiailty. Color photos and tons of information. This is worth every penny.