In A Naturalist's Guide to the Texas Hill Country, biologist Mark Gustafson introduces residents and visitors to the history, geology, water resources, plants, and animals found in the nineteen counties occupying the eastern part of the Edwards Plateau, the heart of the Hill Country.
He profiles three hundred of the most common and unique species from all of the major groups of plants and animals: trees, shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, vines, grasses, ferns, fungi, lichens, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates. Color photographs are included for each species along with a brief description.
He closes with a chapter on significant state parks and natural areas in the region as an invitation to visit and explore the Texas Hill Country.
As large metropolitan areas continue to encroach on the Hill Country, newcomers are moving in and more people are flocking to its many attractions. A Naturalist's Guide to the Texas Hill Country will enrich the appreciation of the region's rich and unique biodiversity and encourage conservation of the natural world encountered.
"This book provides an excellent introduction to most of the common plants and animals of the Texas Hill Country. It is well-suited to the budding naturalist, visitor, or newcomer to the region. The photos and descriptions of common trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, lichens, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates, all in one volume, make this a valuable book for those who love the Hill Country."
– Steve Nelle, Wildlife Biologist
"If I was going to have only one book about the resources of the Texas Hill Country, Mark Gustafson's book would be it. He not only knows what to say, he also knows when and how to say it. As a result, this is a remarkably thorough treatment of the Hill Country that is as accessible as it is informative."
– William J. Quinn, Professor of Biology, St. Edward's University
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Mark Gustafson is professor of biology at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, where he directs the environmental studies program and specializes in aquatic biology and ecology.