This field-ID laminate introduces common land-&-sea birds of Southeast. Beginning birders can be overwhelmed by the number of species in…
Terrestrial, fresh-water aquatic & coastal natural communities
A good resource is the third edition of The nature of Southeast Alaska (2014), available in Southeast bookstores, including Discovery’s store at the glacier visitor center.
Forthcoming compendium on Southeast Habitats
In 2014, Bob Armstrong and I published the 3rd edition of Nature of Southeast Alaska. The Habitats section of that book is 73 pages long—a pretty good introduction to the terrestrial, coastal and freshwater habitats of our region. But for the serious Southeast Alaskan wanting more information about habitats, there is so much more available! In Nature of Southeast we were limited by space, and the decision to minimize cost with ‘black-&-white’ illustrations. Yet when paper is bypassed, digital color is now ‘free.’ Furthermore, most avid readers now own tablets. These have changed the game, for meditative readings on the couch, or instantaneous feedback on the trail and in camp. (A phone’s suboptimal but handy for quick reference, especially in the field.)
Some of this collection first appeared in chapters I contributed to a region-wide conservation assessment in 2007. That publication saw only limited printing and distribution, and was replaced by the Ecological Atlas of SE Alaska. (Smith, ed, 2016). The latter prioritized maps, retaining only thumbnail synopses of my Habitat and Biogeographic Provinces sections.
My goal in this vastly updated not-for-profit document is to provide an encyclopedic review of what objective, non-agenda-driven science and natural history observation tells us about the habitats we hike, hunt, fish and paddle through. I’m also working on a similar photo essay/encyclopedia for Southeast’s 22 biogeographic provinces. A description of that effort is in Places>Southeast Alaska biogeographic provinces.
Contact me if you’d like to review either of these draft documents.