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This page includes marine plant and animal resources lists, books, and cards that will be useful to teachers to use in the field or for planning lessons.


Alaska’s Seashore Creatures by Carmen and Conrad Field. $13.

Available from: 

  • Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Alaska’s Mushrooms by Harriette Parker. $13

Available from: 

  • Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Alaska’s Wild Plants by Janice Schofield. $13.

Available from: 

  • Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Alaska’s Wilderness Medicines by Eleanor Viereck. $11.

Available from: 

  • Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Beachcomber’s Guide to Intertidal Marine Invertebrates of Southcentral Alaska by Carmen and Conrad Field. Laminated card. $8.

Available from: 

  • Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Birds of Kachemak Bay

Available from: Pratt Museum


Common Plants of Oregon’s Rocky Intertidal Habitats. Laminated card. $6

Includes many species commonly observed in Kachemak Bay.

Available from: 

  • Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Flora of Southcentral Alaska: A Handbook for Field Identification of Common Lichens, Mosses, Liverworts and Vascular Plants

By Boyd Shaffer

An easy to read guide that introduces students to a botanical glossary with scientific terms and names explained. Colored photos and drawings.

ISBN 0-964-1118-3-7

Available from: Kenai Peninsula College, (34820 College Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669) Kachemak Bay Campus (533 East Pioneer Ave. Homer, AK 99603). 

 

Forest Trail Guide (Pratt Museum)

Available from: Pratt Museum


Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska

By Kate Wynne, Illustrated by Pieter Golkens

The only book that includes all 29 marine mammal species of Alaska. Each whale, porpoise, dolphin, seal, sea lion, walrus, sea otter, and polar bear is described and illustrated with color photos and surface profile drawings. ISBN 1-56612-044-6; $20.00 Sea Grant (888) 789-0090

Available from: 

  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore
  • Alaska Sea Grant www.uaf.edu/seagrant; (888) 789-0090

 

Guide to Northeast Pacific Flatfishes: Families Bothidae, Cynoglossidae,and Pleuronectidae

Available from: 

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Insects and Diseases of Alaskan Forests

By Edward Holsten, Paull Hennon, Lori Trummer, and Mark Schultz USDA Forest Service publication

Full color illustrations of evidence of insect and disease in trees and shrubs accompanied by information about role of each in forest ecology. Free.

 

Living Marine Habitats of Alaska

A co-production of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Alaska Sea Grant College Program. This free booklet covers: kelp forests. Eelgrass meadows, sea-whips and sea pens, cold-water corals, pinnacles and seamounts, king crab nursery grounds, the benthos habitats, and the Bering Sea ice edge.

Available from: 

 

Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific

Sea Grant publication

A colored-illustrated brochures that shows all 50 marine mammals found in southern Alaska—a concise and comprehensive waterproof guide helps with on-site identification. An excellent classroom tool—includes guidelines for wteching marine mammals, habitat information, biologiy and diversity, and an illustrated glossary to habits and behaviors. $8.95 ISBN 1- 89271-0000-1

Available from: 

  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Probably More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast: A Humorous Guide to Pacific Fishes

By Milton Love

ISBN 0-9628725-5-5

Available from: 

  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Western Waterfowl

Set of two laminated cards showing male and female, side views and in-flight views, for ducks, geese, and swan species found in Alaska.

Available from: 

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center-Alaska Natural History Association Bookstore

 

Willows of Southcentral Alaska

By Dominique Collet

Available from Kenai Watershed Forum. $10

Available from: Center Alaskan Coastal Studies

 

Many more great publications are available at these sources:

SeaGrant  www.uaf.edu/seagrant/Pubs_Video/Pubs.html

 

A special thanks to the Homer Foundation for funding and to Stan Anderson for hosting the website.