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Herein lies a list of some of the sources of information I have found to be very useful as I explore my surroundings. These publications have opened my eyes and my mind, although I haven’t come close to absorbing all of the information. But, these sources are at my elbow and consulted frequently—usually two or three are open at a time.

Some of these books treat ideas not presented on the site, and so hint at future topics.

Local Checklists of Birds:
Checklist of West Kootenay Birds,
   by Gary S. Davidson,
   (gsd37, Nakusp 2003) 7 pp.
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park Bird Checklist,
   Nelson Naturalists, 1996, 7 pp.
Creston Valley, checklist of birds,
   by Linda M. Van Damme, (Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, 1996) 11 pp.

Creston Valley Birds, by Linda M Van Damme,
(Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies, Publication 11, Victoria, 2009) 35 pp.

Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies, by Richard Cannings, et al.,
(Heritage House, Surrey, 2009) 434 pp.

Birds of Canada, by Fred J. Alsop III,
(Dorling Kindersley, India & Tourmaline Editions, Toronto, 2004) 684 pp.

Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, Illustrated by David Allen Sibley,
(Knopf, New York, 2001) 588 pp.

Sibley Field Guide to Birds, by David Allen Sibley, (Knopf, New York, 2000) 545 pp.

Birds of the Rocky Mountains, by Chris C. Fisher,
(Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, 1997) 336 pp.

Birds of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia,
by Robert Cannings, Richard Cannings, and Sydney Cannings,
(Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, 1987) 420 pp.

Birds of British Columbia, Volumes 1-4,
by Wayne Campbell, Neil K. Dawe, Ian McTaggart-Cowan, John M. Cooper,
Gary W. Kaiser, Michael C.E. McNall & Andrew Stewart,
(UBCPress, Vancouver, 1992, 1992, 1997, 2001).

Lives of North American Birds, by Kenn Kaufman, (Thomas Allen, 2001) 702 pp.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology—Handbook of Bird Biology, Edited by Sandy Podulka, Ronald W. Rohrbaugh, Rick Bonney, (Princeton University Press, 2004) 1248 pp.

…one’s sense of wonder can only grow as one’s insignt increases.
Henk Tennekes, (193?-)

Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest,
by Dennis Paulson and Jim Erckmann,
(Seattle Audubon Society, Seattle, 1993) 406 pp.

Raptors of Western North America, by Brian K. Wheeler, (Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2003) 544 pp.

Bird flight
Avian Flight, by John J. Videler, (Oxford, 2005) 258 pp.

The Simple Science of Flight, from insects to jumbo jets,
by Henk Tennekes, (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 1997) 138 pp.

Nature’s Flyers: Birds, Insects and the Biomechanics of Flight,
by David E. Alexander, (Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2002) 358 pp.

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
William Blake, (1757-1827)

Identification Guide to the Trees of Canada,
by Jean Lauriault, (Fitzhenry & Whiteside,
Markham Ontario, 1989) 479 pp.

Plants of Southern Interior, British Columbia,
edited by Roberta Parish, Ray Coupé & Dennis Lloyd,
(Lone Pine, Vancouver, 1996) 464 pp.

Trees, Shrubs and Flowers to know in British Columbia, by C.P. Lyons, (J.M. Dent & Sons, Canada, 1952) 194 pp.

Northwestern Wild Berries, by J.E. Underhill, (Hancock House, Surrey, 1984) 96 pp.

Central Beauty, wildflowers and flowering shrubs of the southern interior of BC,
by Neil L Jennings, (Rocky Mountain Books, Vancouver, 2008) 304 pp.

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, by Jerry Pava, (Fulcrum, Golden, Colorado, 1989) 220 pp.

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, by Lawrence Newcomb, (Little Brown, U.S.A., 1989) 490 pp.

Trees in Canada, by John Laird Farrar, (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1995) 502 pp.

Field Guide to Noxious Weeds and Other Invasive Plants of British Columbia, by Roy Cranston, David Ralph, and Brian Wikeem, (B.C. Government, Victoria, 2005) 93 pp.

One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books.
John Muir, (1838-1914)

One day’s exposure to mountains is better than heaps of video games and countless episodes of TV shows.
Anu Garg, (1967- )

Mammals of British Columbia,
by Tamara Eder & Don Pattie,
(Lone Pine, Vancouver, 2001) 296 pp.

Bats of British Columbia,
by David W. Nagorsen and R. Mark Brigham,
(UBC Press, Vancouver, 1993) 164 pp.

Opossums, Shrews and Moles of British Columbia,
by David W. Nagorsen, (UBC Press, Vancouver, 1996) 169 pp.

Rodents, and Lagomorphs of British Columbia,
by David W. Nagorsen, (UBC Press, Vancouver, 2005) 410 pp.

Hoofed Mammals of British Columbia,
by David Shackleton, (UBC Press, Vancouver, 1999) 268 pp.

Animal Tracks
Tracking & the Art of Seeing, by Paul Rezendes,
(Firefly, Willowdale, Ont., 1999, 2nd edition) 336 pp.

Animal Tracks of the Rockies, by Ian Sheldon,
(Lone Pine, Vancouver, 1997) 160 pp.

A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America,
by James Halfpenny and Elizabeth Biesiot, (Johnson Books, 1988) 176 pp.

Mystery Tracks in the Snow: A Guide to Animal Tracks,
by Hap Gilliland, (Naturegraph, 1990) 128 pp.

A Field Guide to Animal Tracks, by Olaus Johan Murie, (Peterson Field Guides)
(Houghton Mifflin, N.Y., 1998) 176 pp.

Unfortunately, most of us just walk by...not hearing or noticing a thing.
Paul Rezendes

Herptiles (Amphibians and Reptiles)
Amphibians of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, by Charlotte Corkran, Chris Thoms,
(Lone Pine Publishers, Vancouver, 2006) 176 pp.

Amphibians and Reptiles of British Columbia,
by Brent M. Matsuda, David M. Green and Patrick T. Gregory
(Royal BC Museum, Victoria, 2006) 266 pp.

Kokanee: The Redfish & the Kootenay Bioregion,
by Don Gayton, (New Star Publishers, Vancouver, 2002) 96 pp.

The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia,
by J. D. McPhail, (University of Alberta Press, Edmonton, 2007) 620 pp.

Land Snales of British Columbia,
by Robert G. Forsyth, (Royal BC Museum, Victoria, 2004) 188 pp.

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (1859-1930)

Bugs of British Columbia,
by John Acorn & Ian Sheldon,
(Lone Pine, Vancouver, 2001) 296 pp.

Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America,
by Sidney W. Dunkle, (Oxford, US, 2000) 368 pp.

Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies, by Blair Nikula, Jackie Sones,
(Little Brown, U.S.A., 2002) 159 pp.

Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon, by Robert A. Cannings, (Royal BC Museum, Victoria, 2002) 96 pp.

A Dazzle of Dragonflies, by Forrest Lee Mitchell,
(Texas A&M University Press, Texas, 2005) 224 pp.

Butterflies of North America, by Perry J. Kaufman, (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) 384 pp.

The butterflies of Canada, by Ross A. Layberry,
(Univ. of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1998) 378 pp.

Butterflies of British Columbia, by Crispin S. Guppy and Jon H. Shepard,
(UBC Press, Vancouver, 2001) 414 pp.

Grasshopper Identification & Control Methods, by Dan L Johnson,
(Agriculture and Agri–food Canada, 2009?) 42 pp.

Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America, by Roger Phillips,
(Firefly Books, 2005) 320 pp.

Mushrooms of Western Canada, by Helene M.E. Schalkwijk-Barendsen,
(Lone Pine, Edmonton, 1991) 415 pp.

Common Tree Diseases of British Columbia,
by Eric Allen, Duncan Morrison, and Gordon Wallis,
(Canadian Forest Service, 1996) 178 pp.

General Nature Observing
British Columbia: A Natural History, by Richard Cannings & Sydney Cannings,
(Greystone Books, Vancouver, 1996) 341 pp.

Wildlife & Trees, by Mike Fenger, Todd Manning, John Cooper, Stewart Guy, and Peter Bradford, (Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, 2006) 336 pp.

Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year: a Month By Month Guide to Natural Events:
Oregon, Washington and British Columbia,
by James Davis,
(Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorado, 1996) 360 pp.

Winter World: the ingenuity of animal survival, by Bernd Heinrich,
(Ecco, Harper Collins Publishing, N.Y., 2003) 357 pp.

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
W. Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Light Play
Light and Colour in the Open Air, by M. Minaert,
(Dover, New York, 1954) 362 pp.

Introduction to Meteorological Optics,
by R.A.R. Tricker,
(American Elsevier, New York, 1970) 285 pp.

Rainbows, Halos and Glories, by Robert Greenler,
(Cambridge University Press, London 1980) 195 pp.

The Rainbow Bridge: Rainbows in Art, Myth and Science,
by Raymond L. Lee Jr. & Alistair B. Fraser,
(Pennsylvania State Press, Pennsylvania, 2001) 393 pp.

There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture in the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but nature more.
Lord Byron, (1788-1824)

Waves, Beaches, and Wakes
Oceanography of the British Columbia Coast,
by Richard E. Thomson,
(Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 1980) 291 pp.

Bores, Breakers, Waves & Wakes, by R.A.R. Tricker,
(Mills & Boom, London 1964) 250 pp.

Waves and Beaches, by William Bascom,
(Anchor Books, New York, 1964) 267 pp.

At the Sea’s Edge: coastal oceanography for the amateur naturalist,
by William T. Fox, (Phalarope Books, New Jersey, 1983) 317 pp.

Beaches and Coasts, by Cuchlaine A.M. King,
(St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1972 2nd edition) 570 pp.

Beach processes and sedimentation, by Paul Komar,
(Prentice Hall, New York, 1998 2nd edition) 554 pp.

It is indeed wrong to think that the poetry of Nature’s moods in all their infinite variety is lost on one who observes them scientifically, for the habit of observation refines our sense of beauty and adds a brighter hue to the richly coloured background against which each separate fact is outlined.
M. Minnaert, (1893-1970)

Weather and Climate
The Climate of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, by W.G. Kendrew & D. Kerr,
(Queen’s Printer, Ottawa, 1955) 222 pp.

Clouds in a Glass of Beer: Simple Experiments in Atmospheric Physics, by Craig F. Bohren,
(John Wiley Elsevier, New York, 1987) 195 pp.

What Light through yonder Window Breaks? More Experiments in Atmospheric Physics,
by Craig F. Bohren, (John Wiley Elsevier, New York, 1991) 190 pp.

Cloud Study, by F.H. Ludlam and R.S. Scorer, (John Murray, London, 1957) 80 pp.

Climate Near the Ground, by Rudolf Geiger, (Harvard, Cambridge, 1965) 611 pp.

Boundary Layer Climates, by T.R. Oke, (Methuen, London, 1987 2nd edition) 435 pp.

The primary function of mythology is to face inward towards the concerns of the society that possesses it --- which is why science, which faces outward toward the operations of nature itself, is a late cultural development.
Northrop Fry, (1912-1991)

Snow and Ice
Field Guide to Snow Crystals, by Edward R. LaChapelle,
(U. of Washington, Seattle, WA., 1969) 101 pp.

Snow Crystals, Natural and Artificial, by Ukichiro Nakaya, (Harvard, Cambridge, 1954) 510 pp.

Snow Crystals, by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphreys,
(a 1962 Dover reprint of the McGraw-Hill publication of 1931) 227 pp.

Handbook of Snow, Edited by D.M Gray and D.H. Male,
(Pregamon, Toronto, 1981) 776 pp.

Pictographs in the Interior of British Columbia, by John Corner,
(Corner, Vernon, B.C., 1968) 131 pp.

Indian Rock Art of the Columbia Plateau, by James D. Keyser,
(University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2003) 139 pp.

Geotour Guide, for the West Kootenay, BC, by RJW Turner, RG Anderson, et al.
(Geological Survey of Canada, File 6135, 2009) 43 pp.

Roadside Geology of Southern British Columbia, by Bill Mathews and Jim Monger,
(Mountain Press, Missoula, 2005) 404 pp.

Kootenay Lake
Kootenay Lake & River, (navigation charts) Chart 3050, 1996 Edition,
(Canadian Hydrographic Service, 1996) 16 pp.

Historic Shipwrecks of the West Kootenay District,
Editors: John Pollack, Edward L. Affleck, Wendy Bouliane
(Underwater Archaeology Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2000) 77 pp.

100 Days, 100 Years: A Century of Nelson’s Top News Stories, Editor: Shawn Lamb,
(Nelson Daily News, Nelson, 1997) 104 pp.

Kootenay Lake Chronicles, by Edward L. Affleck,
(Alexander Nicolls Press, Vancouver, 1978) 202 pp.

1001 British Columbia Place Names (2nd edition), by G.P.V. & Helen B. Akrigg,
(Discovery Press, Vancouver, 1977) 195 pp.

Kootenay Outlet Reflections, Editor: T.J. Madsen,
(Uvisco Publishing, Edmonton, 1988) 538 pp.

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