Arizona Wildlife Notebook

Checklists and Conservation Status

Non-Fiction - Animals
168 Pages
Reviewed on 06/09/2014
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Author Biography

Garry Rogers has a PhD in physical geography. His master's thesis and doctoral dissertation dealt with landscape changes in the deserts of North America. He taught and continued his research at Columbia University in New York and at UCLA in California. He is an elected member of SigmaXi the scientific research society, and the Phoenix College Alumni Hall of Fame.

Dr. Rogers has published four books including the independently published first novel, Corr Syl the Warrior, the 2014 selection for OneBookAZ. He has published hundreds of articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and scientific conference proceedings. He has also published more than 700 blog posts at: http://garryrogers.com. The Arizona Wildlife Notebook, is a companion volume for the hundreds of field guides used to identify Arizona wildlife.

Dr. Rogers’ theme is nature conservation. He is convinced that strong negative trends are forming in all Earth ecosystems. He writes to help young people recognize what’s going on so that they might join in the fight for nature. Visit his website (http://garryrogers.com) or online news (http://scoop.it/t/ecoscifi) to learn more.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

Arizona Wildlife Notebook by Garry Rogers is a rather comprehensive checklist of wildlife species existing in the State of Arizona. This notebook provides a brief description for each of eleven (11) groups of wildlife, conservation status of all extant species within that group in Arizona, alphabetical listing of species by common name, scientific name, and room for notes. Arizona Wildlife Notebook is a state wide checklist, intended for use by wildlife watchers all over the state. As various individuals keep track of their personal observations of wildlife in their specific locality, the result will be a more selective checklist specific to that locale. Such information would be vitally useful to the State Wildlife Conservation Department, as well as to other local agencies and private wildlife watching groups.

Arizona Wildlife Notebook is a very well-documented snapshot of the status of all known wildlife species – from bugs to bats – in the State of Arizona. Much of it should be relevant to neighboring states, as well, with a bit of fine-tuning to accommodate additions and deletions to the list. As a retired Wildlife Biologist myself, I have to say Rogers’ book is perhaps the simplest to understand, yet most comprehensive in terms of factual information, that I have ever had occasion to peruse. This book should become the default checklist for Arizona’s various state, federal and local conservation agencies, and the basis for developing accurate local inventories by private enthusiasts as well as public agencies. Additionally, it provides a superb starting point for neighboring states who may wish to emulate Garry Rogers’ excellent handiwork. I wish I’d had access to something as comprehensive, yet simple, many years ago.