flexible covers, 260 pp., $40.00
This is an invaluable tool for conservationists and wetland managers concerned with wildlife found in wetland habitats along the Mississippi River. In order to care for these many species, including waterfowl and waterbirds that are dependent on native plants for food, those who care for these animals must have knowledge and experience in encouraging the growth of suitable vegetation. Plants are divided in chapters by type (aquatic, broad leaves, grasses, etc.) and then in each chapter by family, genus, and species. Native versus invasive plants are noted. General form, habitat, and other distinguishing characteristics are reviewed to assist the reader in plant identification. Supplemental information includes a listing of reference materials and a list of taxonomic information.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden