Frogs and Toads of Big Bend National Park
Natural History
5.75 x 8.5, 64 pp.
39 color photos., 1 map., Gloss.
Pub Date: 05/04/2007
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
  flexbound
Price:        $12.95

978-1-58544-576-9

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Frogs and Toads of Big Bend National Park

By Gage H. Dayton, Raymond Skiles and Linnea Dayton

This fascinating look at the eleven amphibian species that call Texas’ Big Bend National Park home is designed to help visitors of all ages and levels of experience understand how amphibians use the park’s environment and where each species is likely to be found.

In words and pictures, the authors present the distinguishing features of each species so that visitors can identify the frogs and toads they see. Natural history and conservation information alerts readers to the special habits of these little creatures as well as to the changes in habitat brought on by grazing, introduced predators, and reduced water flow.

Frogs and Toads of Big Bend National Park is highly recommended for amateur naturalists, herpetologists, and especially visitors and admirers of this fascinating region and its ecosystem.

 

GAGE H. DAYTON, who has a Ph.D. from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University, has studied ecology and conservation of amphibians at Big Bend National Park since 1998.

RAYMOND SKILES is a wildlife biologist in the Science and Resource Management Division at Big Bend National Park.

LINNEA DAYTON, who resides in California, holds a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Washington.

What Readers Are Saying:

“This guide will be very useful to interested Park visitors and laymen, not to mentionprofessional herpetologists.”--Robert Webb

“This guide will be very useful to interested Park visitors and laymen, not to mention --Robert Webb
professional herpetologists.” --Robert Webb

“What a great little book! It’s enough to make one kiss a toad, and if the genius is, indeed, in the small things, this must be a work of pure genius. I’ve watched with fascination for years as these two researchers went about their business in the park. I’ve seen them come back from their expeditions to the muddy places covered in that mud and smiling from ear to ear because of some priceless encounter with one of our much-overlooked natural citizens. I’ve watched them mobilize in the middle of the night like some strange foggy special operations team to quickly follow up on seasonal rains and find their subjects at work in the creek bottoms, mud holes, and river banks. It has been a slow process measured in years and seasons, long miles hiked, wet nights spent, and only the briefest of rewards, but the product has been worth it. As a work of science, the authors have turned out a wonderfully esoteric addition to the natural history of Big Bend National Park, but their book goes beyond mere science, I think. Frogs and toads are fragile creatures in many ways, unusually susceptible to pollution and human encroachment because of their ephemeral habitats and thin skins. Looking at these beautiful and moving photographs, one’s heart is moved to appreciate and protect not only these tiny creatures, but all creatures large and small. Congratulations to Gage and Raymond fro a remarkable job of capturing yet another fascinating aspect of this wild and wonderful place in truly exemplary fashion. This book will be a classic in our collection.” --Mike Boren, Executive Director, Big Bend National History Association

“Well-illustrated. . .this is a nice, east-to-use field guide that any Big Bend Park visitor interested in amphibians will enjoy and find useful.” --Southeastern Naturalist

“What a great little book! It’s enough to make one kiss a toad. . . . Looking at these beautiful and moving photographs, one’s heart is moved to appreciate and protect not only these tiny creatures, but all creatures large and small. The authors have captured a fascinating aspect of this wild and wonderful place in truly exemplary fashion" --Mike Boren, Executive Director, Big Bend National History Association

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