Wild Sonoma: Exploring Nature in Wine Country

Wild Sonoma: Exploring Nature in Wine Country
Paperback, 6.5 x 9, over 150 full-color illustrations and photographs, 224 pages.
ISBN: 9781597145893.

By Charles Hood , Lynn Horowitz , Jeanne Wirka , John Muir Laws

Wild Sonoma celebrates the spectacular and resilient natural landscapes of Sonoma County, which along with its neighboring counties is one of the world’s premier wine growing regions. Our exploration launches with an entertaining primer on ecology basics, including the impact of fire, before a fun fact–filled survey of sixty-two of the area’s iconic and commonly encountered species—from vivacious acorn woodpeckers to disease-neutralizing Western fence lizards. It caps off with a tour of six sites to experience Sonoma’s diverse natural beauty, with a special emphasis on access. Written by Wild LA author Charles Hood, introduced by renowned naturalist Jane Goodall, and illustrated by John Muir Laws, Wild Sonoma offers residents and tourists from eight to eighty a sense of wonder and cause for hope.

Categories Forthcoming | Nature

About the Authors

Charles Hood

Charles Hood

Charles Hood has studied birds and natural history from the Amazon to Tibet, and he has seen more than five thousand species of birds in the wild. A widely published poet, he has received numerous fellowships and writing awards and is the author of the Heyday collection A Salad Only the Devil Would Eat. His other Heyday titles include field guides to mammals and birds, and for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County he was the lead author and photographer for the book Wild LA.

Lynn Horowitz

Lynn Horowitz

Lynn Horowitz is an avid hiker, certified California Naturalist, and longtime Sonoma County resident. Photo by Jeff Horowitz.

Jeanne Wirka

Jeanne Wirka

Jeanne Wirka is an ecologist and nature writer with over twenty-five years of experience in conservation science, ecological restoration, and environmental education. Photo by Charles Hood.

John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws is a naturalist, educator, and artist, with degrees in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley; in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; and in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a 2010 Audubon TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow and has received the Terwilliger Environmental Award for outstanding service in environmental education. Visit his website at johnmuirlaws.com. Photo by Jim Morris.

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