LTER Book Series

Ellie's Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell by Judith L. Li
(Paperback - Apr, 2013) $$16.95

After a huge tree crashes to the ground during a winter storm, ten-year-old Ellie and her new friend, Ricky, explore the forest where Ellie lives. Together, they learn how trees provide habitat for plants and animals high in the forest canopy, down among mossy old logs, and deep in the pools of a stream. The plants, insects, birds, and mammals they discover come to life in colored pen-and-ink drawings.

An engaging blend of science and storytelling, Ellie’s Log also features:

  • Pages from Ellie’s own field notebook, which provide a model for recording observations in nature
  • Ellie’s advice to readers for keeping a field notebook
  • Ellie’s book recommendations Online resources for readers and teachers—including a Teacher’s Guide—are available at ... Read more
And the Tide Comes In by Merryl Alber
(Hardcover - Dec, 2012) $15.95

A narrative told from the point of view of a young girl who is showing her visiting cousin the salt marsh. The children go to the marsh every day over the course of 4 days, slowly building up their knowledge of the ecosystem. They experience the different stages of the tide, marvel over the adaptations of the plants and animals that they encounter, and have fun getting muddy along the way.

The story is specifically focused on salt marshes as transitional environments (part land and part marine) shared by numerous organisms.

One Night in the Everglades by Laurel Larsen, Ph.D
(Hardback - Apr, 2012) $10.85

Follow two scientists as they spend a night in the Everglades collecting water samples, photographing wildlife, and sloshing through marshes in an attempt to understand this mysterious ecosystem. Part of a long-term effort to return the Everglades to a natural state after a century of development, the scientists try to figure out what the “river of grass” was like prior to human settlement. Along the way, they deal with razor-sharp sawgrass and alligators and turtles and are even surprised by the sudden presence of what is known in the Everglades as a “frog gigger”—one who hunts and collects frogs for food!

Una Noche en los Everglades by Laurel Larsen, PhD
(Hardcover - Apr, 2012) $15.95

Sigue a dos científicos que pasan una noche en los Everglades recogiendo muestras de agua, fotografiando la vida silvestre y chapoteando a través de pantanos en un intento por comprender este ecosistema misterioso. Parte de un esfuerzo a largo plazo para devolver los Everglades a un estado natural después de un siglo de desarrollo, los científicos intentan averiguar lo que era el “Río de hierba” antes de los asentamientos humanos. En el camino, los científicos son sometidos a la nítida hierba de serrucho (“sawgrass”), a aligatores y tortugas y aún son sorprendidos por la repentina presencia de lo que se denomina en los Everglades un “gigger de rana”—¡que caza y recopila las ranas para alimento!

My Water Comes From the Rocky Mountains by Tiffany Fourment
(Hardback - Jul, 2009) $16.95

This book introduces children to the nation's watershed, the Continental Divide, and how snowmelt forms the headwaters of the rivers and streams that bring life to the land below all along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. The entire water cycle is described from evaporation to glacier formation and the various life zones that water runs through on its way from alpine tundra to prairie are detailed in exquisite drawings.

My Water Comes From the San Juan Mountains by Tiffany Fourment, Koren Nydick, Gary Gianiny, Mary Ann Goff
(Hardback - Jul, 2009) $16.95

This book introduces children to the nation's watershed, the Continental Divide, and how snowmelt forms the headwaters of the rivers and streams that bring life to the land below on the Rocky Mountain's Western Slope. The entire water cycle is described from evaporation to glacier formation and the various life zones that water runs through on its way from alpine tundra to the rich farmland of the Western Slope is detailed in exquisite drawings.

Sea Secrets by Mary M. Cerullo, Beth E. Simmons, Kirsten Carlson
(Hardback - Aug, 2008) $16.95

Journey across the Pacific Ocean and investigate the mystery connecting three different animals from the California Current to the polar waters west of the Antarctic Peninsula. Become an ocean detective and discover the connection between a seabird, whale, and a penguin; and maybe you'll uncover the sea secret that links them all. This book invites young readers to explore ocean ecosystems and their food webs. Field sketches, watercolors, and photographs combine to reveal the clues.

The Lost Seal by Diane McKnight, Dorothy Emerling
(Hardback - Dec, 2005) $19.95

Research scientists camped at the desolate McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica studying the local lakes and streams are one day surprised to find a young Weddell seal in their midst. Tired and hungry, and perhaps lured by the smell of the group's cheeseburger dinner, the young male is a long way from his natural habitat on the sea ice of McMurdo Sound. Bound by the Antarctic Conservation Act, the scientists know they cannot provide it with sustenance, but instead contact seal scientists who, after some thought, decide they can provide assistance so the seal can return to the sea ice. The seal gets the ride of its life back to its natural habitat, and the scientists name one of their newly found streams to commemorate their unlikely campmate. Published in cooperation with the Long-Term Ecological Research Network, which is funded... Read more

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