By Roland H. Wauer & Carl M. Fleming. Introduction to the trees and shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, and insects of Big Bend National Park. Naturalist's Big Bend highlights the distinctive plants and animals of the region, such as the century plant, which grows twenty-five to fifty-five years, blooms magnificently, then dies; candelilla, from which wax is made; the giant dagger yucca; the javelina, North America's only native pig; the rare Texas lyre snake; the tarantula; and the Big Bend quonker katydid.
This comprehensive field guide, revised and completely updated in a new edition, recounts the area's archaeology and history, describes the characteristics and habitats of Big Bend's remarkable variety of plants and animals, and outlines walking and driving tours of the most likely spots for sighting these natural wonders. Photographs, drawings, and an extensive bibliography. Texas A&M University Press. 6" x 9" softcover. 185 pages, including 8 pages of color photographs. 2002 (first edition published 1973).
" . . . the strength of the work is the vast information offered by Wauer in direct, uncluttered style."—Southern Living