Hawaii : The Ecotraveller's Wildlife Guide

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People travel to Hawaii for sun, sand, and surf but increasingly spend parts of their trips hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, whale-watching, or snorkeling in the island's stunning national parks and nature reserves. Ecotravellers to the islands know that Hawaii is a special place biologically, harboring many native animal and plant species that occur nowhere else on Earth. Contained in this book is all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the island's magnificent animal life. The author visited parks and preserves, discussed wildlife with local and international experts, and then selected his color illustrations from more than 300 of the islands' most common fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds (including essentially every Hawaiian bird). You will want to have this easy-to-carry, entertainingly written, beautifully illustrated book as a constant companion on your trip.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 140.7 x 217.2 x 23.4mm | 746.47g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0120848139
  • 9780120848133

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"...these books would be my first choice as an introduction to the natural environments of these beautiful parts of the world. For those who enjoy well-illustrated field guides, these volumes are a visual treat." --COPEIA (2001) "This is a natural history guide for someone who is really serious about gaining an in-depth understanding of Hawaii's natural environment, animals and plants. It's very complete and very well done...and is the best one that I've seen about Hawaii." --David Taylor in HAWAII ISLAND JOURNAL (October 2000) "If you are comtemplating a visit to Hawaii, this book is sure to make up your mind for you! ...It is obiously well thought out and is well-illustrated, taking a broad view of the attributes of the Hawaiian Isles - Ecotourism, Conservation, Geography & Climate, Parks & Reserves, Flora and Fauna to name but a few. ...excellent photographic plates for quick and easy reference." --SCOTTISH BIRD NEWS (2000) "They neatly fill a niche in the travel market, concentrating on the species most likely to be seen, but also covering a wide range of taxa. ...indispensable to all travellers interested in the natural world." --BTO NEWS
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Table of contents

Ecoturism and Hawaii. Hawaii: Natural History, Geography, and Climate. Habitats and Common Vegetation. Parks, Preserves, and Getting Around. Environmental Threats and Conservation. How to Use this Book: Ecology and Natural History. Amphibians and Reptiles. Birds. Mammals. Underwater Hawaii. Insects and Other Arthropods.
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About Les Beletsky

Les Beletsky is a professional wildlife biologist and university zoology teacher. Prior to taking up writing wildlife guides, he conducted many years of field research into the ecology and behavior of birds, publishing many scientific reports and writing two books. An avid ecotraveler, he has visited numerous sites in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. He currently makes his home in Seattle, Washington.
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