In this Book
- Creatures Of Habitat: The Changing Nature of Wildlife and Wild Places in Utah and the Intermountain West
- Published by: Utah State University Press
From flying squirrels on high wooded plateaus to hanging gardens in redrock canyons, the Intermountain West is home to some of the world's rarest and most fascinating animals and plants. Creatures of Habitat details many unique but little-known talents of this region's strange and wonderful wild inhabitants and descibes their connections with native environments. For example, readers will learn about the pronghorn antelope's supercharged cardiovascular system, a brine shrimp-powered shorebird that each year flies nonstop from the Great Salt Lake to Central Argentina, and a rare mustard plant recently discovered on Mount Ogden. Emphasizing how increasing loss and degradation of habitat hinders native species' survival, Mark Gerard Hengesbaugh discusses what is happening to wildlife and wild places and what is being done about it.
Well illustrated, this book has habitat maps, pen-and-ink illustrations, and fifty photos of wildlife and wild places selected by photo editor Dan Miller. Also included are guides to wildlife viewing and lists of Utah species, including those considered sensitive, threatened, or endangered.
Table of Contents
- pp. vii-viii
- Foreword: Lessons from song dogs
- pp. ix-xii
- PART ONE—WHAT’S HAPPENING TO WILDLIFE?
- p. 5
- PART TWO—WHAT’S HAPPENING TO WILD PLACES?
- p. 87
- 9. Can Utah’s golf courses go green?
- pp. 109-112
- PART THREE—WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
- p. 121
- 11. The legacy of predator control
- pp. 123-132
- 12. Decline of hunting leaves habitat hurting
- pp. 133-138
- 15. Watching wildlife in wild places
- pp. 153-164
- A. Utah Sensitive Species List
- pp. 171-186
- B. Utah Wildlife Species Checklist
- pp. 187-193
- C. Utah Wildlife Viewing Locations
- pp. 194-200
- D. Intermountain Wildlife Refuges
- pp. 201-202
- About the author
- p. 203
- About the contributing artists
- pp. 204-205
- pp. 206-212