An Island Called California: An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities

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University of California Press, 1971 - Ecology - 361 pages
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Bakker's classic of ecological science now includes three new chapters on Southern California which make the book more useful than ever. Striking new photographs illustrate the diversity of life, climate, and geological formation.
 

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Contents

The Seashore
1
Typical homesites of intertidal and subtidal species
8
Marine pyramid of numbers terrestrial pyramid of numbers
17
Sea Cliff
24
Typical nest site preferences of some California seabirds
34
Tide flat Bolinas Lagoon
38
Salt Marsh
39
Tidal mud flat zonation
41
RedWinged Blackbird
134
Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge Butte County
135
Typical freshwater marsh energy flow patterns
143
Californias Kansas
147
History of alien grass invasion in interior prairie
150
Where the Diggings Were
158
The Great Green Wall
173
Comparison of two types of zone identification
174

Patterns on the Hills
53
Precipitation pattern of central Coast Ranges
64
Hypothetical uniform chaparraltype vegetation
67
Exposed and sheltered sites in coastal hills
69
Differences in slope face direction
70
Edaphic influences
73
Typical vegetation mosaic
76
The Fire Pines
78
Stages in return after chaparral and knobcone pine fire
83
The Tall Forest
93
Riverflat and hillside redwood grove
98
Woodpeckers in Oak Trees
105
Several types of oak galls
121
Riverlands
123
Riparian vegetation in the Central Valley
131
Reduction of fallen log to soil
192
Mountain Meadow
194
Stages in succession from lake to climax forest
201
The Bluest Sky
208
The Other Side of the Mountain
223
The Short Forests
235
ij Wash and Oasis
254
Sand Dune
277
The Small World of a Joshua Tree
297
Return to an Island
306
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
311
LIST OF ANIMALS
319
LIST OF PLANTS
327
INDEX
335
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About the author (1971)

Elna Bakker (1921-1995) was a pioneering California naturalist and writer. "An Island Called California is her best-known book; other titles include "The Great Southwest and "Desert Journal.

Guest photographer Philip Hyde, long respected for his nature photography, lives in Taylorsville, California.

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