“A hiker can stash half a dozen field guides in a pack for identifying Adirondack wildflowers and wildlife— or carry instead the compact, concise Adirondack Wildlife, with specific information on native plants and animals. James Ryan’s entertaining and informative book catalogs an array of organisms in a new format that’s user friendly and
Elizabeth Folwell, Creative Director,
Adirondack Life

“Reading Adirondack Wildlife reminded me of what a precious source of life and well-being we have been given here in the Adirondacks. One could sit down for a great read on a couple of rainy days or toss it in your backpack as a hiking companion for a day or a week in the woods.”
Nathan Farb, photographer, and
author of
Adirondack Wilderness
Adirondack Wildlife A Field Guide
James M. Ryan


University Press of New England

272 pp., 5 x 8.25"
118 black-and-white
illus., 75 color illus.,
7 line drawings

$24.95 paper
The six-million-acre Adirondack Park in upstate New York sees several million visitors each year and is home to 330,000 full-time and seasonal residents. The Park’s diverse habitats include lakes, ponds, more than 30,000 miles of running water, lowland swamps, and alpine meadows. Adirondack Wildlife: A Field Guide is the first field guide to the natural history and ecology of the Adirondacks. It is a guide to the Park’s invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals by respected native-born naturalist, James M. Ryan.

From the pygmy shrew, North America’s smallest mammal, to the moose, the Adirondacks are also home to 220 bird species, with many featured in the beautiful black-and-white and color illustrations that appear throughout the book. Ryan explains what geologic forces drove the formation of the Adirondack Mountains and what political realities compelled the state to protect its northern forests. Beginning with the alpine communities above the timberline and descending through the conifer and hardwood forests to the wetlands, streams, and lakes, Ryan describes the ecological processes that shape each community and determine which plants and animals would be likely to call it home. The reshaping of the park’s biodiversity by local extinction; why lichens are used as air pollution indicators; devastation of native plants by recently introduced exotic species; echolocation in bats; how the wolf was reintroduced to the Park, and more, this book is your personal guide to one of our nation’s largest parks.


2010 edition
by T. Vaughan, J. Ryan, and N. Czaplewski


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