Second Edition of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

Calling all Sierra naturalists and nature enthusiasts. I am collecting ideas for the second edition of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. I need your help putting together a list of changes and new features that you would like to see in the guide. Please use the comment space at the bottom of this page to share your ideas. If you have a long set of notes, or photographs of unknown species, you can send an email to me.

  • Are there any species that I left out that you would like to see included?
  • Are there any groups of species that are difficult or confusing to identify using the guide?
  • What topics have I missed altogether (tadpoles etc.)?
  • Have you found any mistakes that I can correct?
  • Which illustrations should I redo to make identification easier?

Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts.

14 thoughts on “Second Edition of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

  1. I’m a little late to respond here, but I would like to add to Jill’s comment below: maybe you could work a deal with the folks at Komtrak and the next edition could be “Inspiral” bound? Just a thought … thank you for your website, Jack. I especially enjoy all the drawing tips.

  2. Jill says:

    I bought the book two weeks after returning from a wondeful week in the Sierras with my kids. With your help, we easily IDd retrospectively the loud “butterfly” (a grasshopper) that we heard and the dead dragonfly (spiked tail) that we found in my shoe. Thank you! I would love it if the book were spiral bound, as I feel that I will crack the binding if I open the pages too enthusiastically. I think all cookbooks and field guides should be spiral bound.

  3. Caroline Rodgers says:

    In the flower section, would appreciate some sort of size indication, either plant or flower itself.

      • Maureen says:

        John, Living in the Sierras and spending a great deal of time on trail, your guide is a bible! I would love for you to consider an area that has always held my interest… edible-

        • This is a very good suggestion. I also would like to have edibility information for both mushrooms and plants. There are some legal considerations here that in the past held me back from adding this (I actually removed all the edibility information that I had for mushroom). The problem is that if someone misidentifies something with the book and hurts themselves, I am liable. I would like to find some way around this because I agree, that sort of thing is just the sort of information we Sierra folk are looking for. I will look into it again.

          • Maureen says:

            Very cool John and yes, the subject of including mushrooms is always a dissapointment. There are very good reasons to omit it…. however, I would love a better understanding personally should you ever broach that area. In the meantime, greens/roots/berries (not just the easy Spring greens) are wonderful additions. Now, Im going to scan my guide for areas I have thought to mention in the past. Thanks for opening this up to your readers suggestions- means a lot for sure!

  4. I like the way you think of ordering information — from the point of view of someone who does not know evolutionary relationships — so that a bird might be found by color or size or habitat…

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