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
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.