Book Reviews of Pacific Coastal Wildlife.

1. "A concise identification manual of hundreds of wild animals and plants you are most apt to encounter around the Redwood Empire has just been published. The Pacific Coastal Wildlife Region defines its region as extending from southern British Columbia to Monterey County [California]. Redwood and Douglas fir are its dominant forests and its animals range from the Roosevelt elk to the tiny red tree mouse.

"This 120 page paperback is apparently the first single volume covering common wildlife of the North Coast. There are some 300 pen-an-ink drawings. Authors are two Humboldt State University teachers: Charles Yocum, chairman of the university's division of natural resources, and Raymond Dasmann, a wildlife management specialist. Vinson Brown is the editor.

"The plants are grouped by vegetation communities in which they most characteristically occur: coniferous forests, coastal strand, marsh and brushland, hardwood forests (oak, madrone, bay), and woodland-prairie. Following descriptions of common trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs of each habitat is a list of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians most likely to live there. Later sections of the book describe the animal life.

"This little book looks like a welcome glove-compartment traveling companion for North Coast motorists who wonder about the wildlife they see from the highway, as well as an excellent introduction to the subject for hikers and campers whose knapsacks don't already contain the more complete, specialized field guides." (William Duddleson, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California)