Cover image for Beacham's guide to the endangered species of North America
Beacham's guide to the endangered species of North America
Beacham, Walton, 1943-
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [2001]

Physical Description:
6 volumes (viii, 3464 pages) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
v. 1. Mammals, birds, reptiles -- v. 2. Amphibians, fishes, snails, mussels, and clams -- v. 3. Arachnids and crustaceans, insects, lichens, fern allies, true ferns, conifers, dicots -- v. 4-5. Dicots -- v. 6. Dicots, monocots, glossary, organizations, indexes.







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QH77.N56 B43 2001 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
QH77.N56 B43 2001 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
QH77.N56 B43 2001 V.5 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
QH77.N56 B43 2001 V.6 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
QH77.N56 B43 2001 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
QH77.N56 B43 2001 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This comprehensive resource, updating The Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to Endangered Species of North America, presents extensive data on the habitats and ecosystems of the more than 1,100 species identified as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Arranged geographically, entries in Beacham's Guide to Endangered Species of North America begin with introductory information including an image of the species and a summary section. Each entry then provides detailed information on each species, including: -- Description -- general descriptive facts about the species, including characteristic size, color, weight, etc.-- Behavior -- discusses typical behavior patterns including reproduction and diet-- Habitat -- explains the species' favored and/or primary habitat-- Distribution -- surveys the areas the species is known to populate, both current and historical-- Threats -- describes existing threats to the continuation of the speciesEach entry concludes with a summary of recovery efforts and a bibliography of contacts for further information. Volume 7 includes comprehensive indexes list

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Superseding and updating The Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to the Endangered Species of North America published by Beacham in 1990^-1994, this is a worthy effort to provide basic information on all the plants and animals on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) list of federally endangered or threatened species as of April 2000. (For the most current updated lists of species, go to the FWS Web site [].) Most books on endangered species focus on a specific category or a selection of species, so having an overall reference work is desirable. Because some of the species in Beacham's Guide are also found in Canada and Mexico, the title is broadened to acknowledge this and the need to protect species and habitats wherever they occur. It also includes the species found in U.S. Commonwealth Territories such as Guam and Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands, Central American countries, and some South American countries, along with oceanic species such as whales and turtles. Species are arranged taxonomically. The same introduction with instructions on using the guide is found in each volume. Each entry includes a heading with common (if there is one) and scientific names, status, when listed (and occasionally delisted), family, succinct physical description, habitat, food, reproduction, threats, and range. Many endangered species lists and publications stop there, but this work includes a color photograph of most species and several pages of information about the species. The standard information template includes description, behavior, habitat, distribution, threats, conservation and recovery, contacts, and references. The text is clearly written. The writers' sympathies with the species are apparent, and there is a realistic tone concerning the possibilities of recovery. The theme throughout is concern for habitat preservation, which can be a reminder to readers that care of special habitats can diminish the number of species that will be added to the FWS updates. Volume six contains a glossary along with a list of environmental organization addresses and two indexes. The geographic index lists the federally endangered or threatened species found in each of the countries, states, and territories mentioned above. The master index includes both common and scientific names. The references accompanying each entry are generally U.S. FWS publications, though some others are included. Additional suggested scientific and general references would be useful. A bibliography of well-illustrated field guides for species' identification would also be a useful addition, as identification might be difficult from just the detailed descriptions and general nature of the photographs. The quality of the photographs is disappointing. Well-reproduced, audience-attracting images would add to the impact of the factual information and make this a more valuable tool for engaging public concern for endangered and threatened species. As the culture becomes more image oriented, publishers of even the most serious social and scientific information should pay ever-closer attention to photograph and illustration quality. Academic and public libraries should consider this a good entry point for information on the more than 1,200 species on the Federal Endangered and Threatened Species List.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-More than 1200 plants and animals identified as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are described in this remarkable encyclopedia. One volume covers mammals, birds, and reptiles; another discusses amphibians, fishes, and shellfish; a third covers arachnids, insects, crustaceans, ferns, conifers, and lichens. Two are devoted to dicots and the final volume includes monocots, an extensive glossary, and both geographical and master indexes. The articles for each species include a shaded box of bulleted summary information with one or more full-color images, followed by information on species, behavior, habitat, distribution (past and present), threats, conservation and recovery efforts, organizational contacts, and references. The writing is clear and information is thorough and current. The set updates The Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to Endangered Species of North America (Beacham; o.p.). While the information is presented in a factual format, the sheer number of species at risk, as well as the fascinating ecological material and environmental vulnerabilities described, will make an impression on readers. With its range, depth, and specificity, this beautifully bound, glossy-paged guide is a magnificent addition to all libraries.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Beacham covers some 1,200 threatened and endangered species native to North America, as identified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It replaces Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to the Endangered Species of North America (4v., CH, Sep'90, Jan'93, Mar'95), and complements Beacham's Guide to International Endangered Species (3v., CH, Oct'98). Arranged by taxonomic group, about half the set is devoted to endangered plants. Each species entry includes a description of the organism, notes on its behavior, habitat, and distribution, current threats to its continued existence, a brief survey of ongoing conservation efforts, one or more sources to contact, and a brief bibliography. Accounts vary in length from two to five pages and are generally thorough and well written. No authors or contributors are listed other than the editorial staff, making it difficult to judge the authority of the species accounts. All entries are illustrated with photographs in color, each accompanied by a summary description, but the photographs are generally poor in quality, a curious lapse in an otherwise well-produced (and expensive) set. In some cases the rarity of the organisms may have required use of existing images, but for many species (e.g., the brown pelican), higher quality images are readily available. Species accounts are indexed in the last volume, which also includes a geographic index, a glossary, and a list of conservation organizations. Highly recommended for reference collections in public and college libraries. B. E. Fleury Tulane University