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The Book of Swamp and Bog [Paperback]

John Eastman
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Aug. 26 2009
Ecological approach to natural history provides complete descriptions of 80 common wetland plants.

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John Eastman was a wildlife biologist and the author of numerous articles and books on the natural world; his work has appeared in natural history publications including Bird Watcher's Digest, Natural History, and National Wildlife.

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Alder, Speckled (Alnus rugosa). Birch family. Shrub or small tree in wet thickets. Its egg-shaped leaves with prominent veins on the underside, drooping catkins, and white-speckled bark identify it. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for! May 28 2001
For those people who already kind of know their way around the forest, and are more interested in what they are going to see ASSOCIATED with the plants they see than what an Audobon book says, this is a naturalist's dream come true!
Great b/w illustrations of not only leaves and fruits, but insects, diseases, toothmarks, clawmarks and nests that can be found on and around the trees and plants listed in the book...
Also highly recommended is the Forest and Thicket book by the same authors...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! March 23 2002
This is a really great book. It explains way more then you would expect for a field guide. It goes in depth about each plant, animals that depend on them and other interesting tidbits that you wont find in any other guide. The awsome illustrations are done so beautifully and true to life no one should have any problems idtentifying plants on the trail. They also truly give this book a nice touch. It's like a book of old documenting new discoveries!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique resource for understanding this ecosystem May 15 2000
The authors' love of nature and years of experience clearly show in this unique field guide. Most books have an encyclopedic and repetitive approach. In contrast, this book looks at the individual plants and how they fit into the entire ecosystem ranging from companion plants, and dependent bird, mammal, and insect species. I have not seen another book that describes eastern wetlands in as much detail and yet still be highly readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Aug. 5 2001
This is a must have book if you live in areas with swamps/bogs. Its so accurate I'm just amazed. It is also very easy to use. It has drawings and it talks not only about id of the plants but also their "lifestyle" (e.g. how they reproduce, various ideosyncasies of the plants, insects that are associated etc.) Each plant also has a short section on lore which adds a nice bit of history. I really like the book
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This book was not what I expected. It is not so much a field guide as it is fireside reading for someone interested in ecology of wetlands. Each plant (from trees to forbs to grasses to algae) are described along with the animals and insects you are likely find associated with it. A section called Lore provides some interesting non-ecological tidbits about the plant.

There are two problems with this book. The first is that the line drawings are mostly poor quality. They would not be adequate to identify the plant in the wild, in most cases. However, they do serve to give a feeling of what the plant "sort of" looks like while reading the text. The other, much graver sin, is that the plants are listed alphabetically by common name and there is no index of scientific names (there is no index, period, and the table of contents lists just the common names). As anyone who has tried to identify plants very much will attest: common names vary - a lot. So as a field guide it is pretty much useless. But as an interesting read on the ecology of a few wetland plants (about 80 or so in total) it is a an inexpensive read.
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