Aransas: a naturalist's guide

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University of Texas Press, 1995 - Nature - 392 pages
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." . . a very solid, interesting, and significant contribution to environmental knowledge about the Coastal Bend of Texas. . . . It will make an excellent companion volume to their Matagorda book." --Robin W. Doughty, author of Return of the Whooping Crane and The Mockingbird Widely known as the wintering grounds of the world's largest wild flock of endangered whooping cranes, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge attracts thousands of visitors to the Texas Gulf Coast each year, from casual birdwatchers to professional scientists. This naturalist's guide offers a comprehensive overview of the natural and cultural history of Aransas, taking an ecological approach to show how the plants, animals, land, and sea form a living web that sustains an amazing diversity of creatures. Individual chapters discuss the land itself, the whooping cranes and other endangered species, game animals, introduced species, mammals, birds, herptiles, fish, invertebrates, and woody and herbaceous plants. With this information, visitors to the refuge and everyone interested in the natural history of the Texas Gulf Coast will enrich their knowledge of this environmentally crucial region.

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Contents

The LandHow It Came to Be
11
The LandWhere It Fits
24
3 The LandHow It Works
38
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About the author (1995)

McAlister is a retired professor of biology at Victoria College. Wayne worked as an environmental education specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for ten years.

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