- 0. "Rite-in-the-Rain" notebook.
- 1. "Local Rocks of North America"
- Fred can order them in bulk and sell them to you at cost (about $9)
- 2. "Pacific Coast Tree Finder"
- Fred can order them in bulk and sell them to you at cost (about $7)
- 3. Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada
- Fred can order them in bulk and sell them to you at cost (about $17)
- Notes: The tree finder (2) is a key, so all it does is help you identify a tree, which is something we will do a lot. The other two texts (3) are more descriptive, so they tell you something about the trees. The first one is cheaper, lighter, and just has trees of the Sierra Nevada, but still a great little book. The second one is a very good brief guide to every tree and shrub in the state, and it has a good key as well. Your choice. You must have (2, above) and one or the other of (3, above).
- Required texts by pre-requisite:
- Because the pre-requisites for the class include a basic earth science class (GEOL 260) and a basic biology class (BIO 240), you are expected to have easy access to the required texts (or equivalent) for those classes, and a working knowledge of introductory earth science and ecology. The required texts for GEOL 260 and BIO 240 are:
- Recommended texts:
- More in-depth books on trees and shrubs:
- "Trees and Shrubs of California" - UC Press, very good
- "Trees of the California Sierra Nevada" - Petrides, affordable
- Any book on California natural history, geography, water, energy, air, society, history etc.
- UC Press publishes a great series of natural history guides, such as:
- Geology of the Sierra Nevada
- A Guide to Water in California
- Trees and Shrubs of California
- Lone Pine publishers also have an excellent selection of very informative and easy to use field guides such as:
- Wildflowers of the Eastern Sierra
- Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and Central Valley
- Mammals of California
- For birds, the best guide is probably the Sibley guide, either the Field Guide, or the larger one
- For rock identification, I like the Simon and Schuster guide, and the required Quick-Guide
- Class library:
- During the 2-week field portion of the class, we will bring a library of about 150 books that students will be able to check-out and use at any time.
- Texts for 2012:
- Instructor purchased all texts directly and will sell at same cost to students for cash
- Law's Guide $17.41
- Tree finder $6.01
- Rock ID $8.40
- All three of the above $31.82
- The three best choices are:
- Small and thin, Model 313, $6.95 + shipping, would need 2-3 of these
- Large and thin, Model 313-MX, $14.95 + shipping, would need probably just 1 of these
- Small and thick, Model 310, $17.95 + shipping, one of these would be fine
- I personally use the 313 in the field and the 313-MX in my lab.
I like the 313 because it is thin and bendy and fits easily into all my pockets.
The disadvantage of the 313 is that you go through them faster. They are only 64 pages.
The 310 has more pages (160) but its a hardback, and so it doesnt quite squeeze as easily into my pockets.
Most transect students in the past have used the 310. But the 313 is worth considering.