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AgriLife Bookstore has good reads for Dad
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 • Posted June 17, 2009

Publications cover nature, wildlife, outdoor recreation and more

COLLEGE STATION – Tired of giving Dad a tie or slippers for Father’s Day? If so, the online Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore may be the place to go for something different.

The bookstore, http://agrilifebookstore.org , has a variety of publications for the farmer or rancher, fisherman, birder, naturalist or outdoor-enthusiast father. Publications are referenced by title and identification number.

Publications for the nature-lover/outdoor-enthusiast father include:

– Exotic Animal Field Guide (SP-342): Exotic animals are abundant in Texas, and this guide gives descriptions, photos and information on more than 80 hoofed exotics – from axis deer to zebras – including where to find them. (286 pp.) By: Elizabeth Cary Mungall, $23.

– Venomous Terrestrial Animals of Texas (B-6118): Pocket guide to 24 species of venomous insects, spiders and snakes found in Texas. Includes information on animal biology and bite or sting first aid. (32 pp., 24 color photos) By: John Jackman, $5.

– Hummingbirds of Texas (SP-346): Features all hummingbird species found in Texas and the southwestern U.S. Includes information on bird migration and making a hummingbird garden. (110 pp.) By: Clifford Shackleford, Madge M. Lindsay, C. Mark Klym, $25.

– Texas Wildflowers (L-5384): Colorful identification wheel featuring 16 of the most common wildflowers in Texas with photos of blooms and as seedlings. Includes interesting plant facts and planting tips. (32 photos) By: Agricultural Communications, $10.95.

– Rare Plants of Texas (SP-337): Photos, line drawings and maps on more than 225 endangered, imperiled or declining plant species. Includes information on habitat, flowering time and current plant status. (640 pp.) By: Jackie M. Poole, William R. Carr, Dana M. Price, Jason R. Singlehurst, $35.

– Trees of Texas: An Easy Guide to Leaf Identification (SP-338): Features more than 200 native and “naturalized” tree species in Texas. Includes a tree-growing guide, list of non-native trees, tree-watering requirements, and folklore and history. By: Carmine Stahl, Ria McElvaney, $30.

– Trees, Shrubs and Vines of the Texas Hill Country (SP-336): Field guide identifies more than 125 species of plants in the Texas Hill Country, including information about their leaves, flowers, fruit and bark.(246 pp.) By: Jan Wrede, $23.

– Freshwater Fishes of Texas (SP-340): Descriptions, habitat information, photos and maps relating to more than 150 species of native and introduced freshwater fish. (220 pp.) By: Chad Thomas, Timothy H. Bonner, Bobby G. Whiteside, $23.

– Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico (SP-341): Description of more than 500 gulf fish species and information on where each is found. Contains 225 color photos, identification key and sections on ecology and conservation. (424 pp.) By: H. Dickson Hoese, Richard H. Moore, $19.

– Texas Coral Reefs (SP-347): There are more than 30 coral reefs off the Texas Coast, teeming with life, including jackknife fish, hermit crabs and rays. This publication takes the reader on a tour of this underwater wonderland. By: Jesse Cancelmo, $25.

– Wildlife and Game Cookbook (SP-204): Cookbook for adventuresome cooks on preparing different types of game and wildlife. Includes recipes for marinades, sauces and rubs. By: Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection, $8.

The site also has a large selection of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maps of birding and wildlife trails throughout Texas. These can be found by going to Advanced Search and typing “map” in the title line.

Bookstore publications for the farmer or rancher father include:

– Reference Guide for Texas Ranchers (B-6101): Practical information on subjects ranging from livestock husbandry, grazing management, and weed and brush control to seeding rangeland, feed composition, and sprayer calibrations for herbicide application (34 pp., 8charts, 18 tables) By Allan McGinty, $5.

– Wildlife and Fish Management Calendar for Texas and the Southeast (B-6197): Full-color calendar for year-round management of wildlife and fish resources. Includes information on deer, doves, water fowl, feral hog, bass and catfish. (40 pp.) By: Billy Higginbotham, $7.95.

– Grazing Land Stewardship (B-6221): Covers livestock nutrition, forage quality, water and fences, land inventories, grazing strategies, record keeping, and managing livestock and wildlife habitat (148 pp.; photos, charts, tables) By: C. Wayne Hanselka, Mark Moseley, $15.

– Brush and Weeds of Texas Grasslands (B-6208): Field guide for landowners and rangeland managers for identifying brush and weed species of greatest concern in their area. Includes descriptions, maps and photos. By: Charles R. Hart. $25.

The bookstore also has almanacs for the father who likes to know as much as he can on a subject.

– Texas Almanac (SP-348): Comprehensive information about the state ranging from archeological sites to weather, government and agriculture to arts, education and recreation. (736 pp.) $17.

– Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac (SP-349): A guide to growing flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, herbs and more. Contains information on garden design, soil, mulching, insect pests, and plant care and maintenance (492 pp.) By: Douglas F. Welsh, $25.

Order these publications and others online at http://agrilifebookstore.org . Orders can be paid for by credit card, check or money order, and most orders arrive within five days.

The site also has a wide variety of free publications, many of which are available in English and Spanish. Some of the general topics addressed in these publications include agriculture, business, disaster and emergency preparation and recovery, the environment, family, horticulture, food, home, consumer sciences, insects and pests.

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