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All documents and photos are ©Copyright 2004, Martin C. Michener

 Announcing the release on CD-ROM of the Adobe Acrobat PDF version of This Broken Archipelago - Amphibians and Reptiles of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Available now, in PDF format:
This Broken Archipelago. The amphibians and reptiles of Cape Cod & the Islands

by James Lazell, photos by Marty Michener
ISBN 0-9728035-1-3


 Announcing the release on CD-ROM of the Adobe Acrobat PDF E-book: Grassland Birds of New Hampshire.

Available now, in PDF format:
Grassland Birds of New Hampshire.

by Marty Michener
ISBN 0-9728035-4-8
Bird Images and Sounds, grass identification primer, and management links.


24-page PDF on Disc, prepared for July 9, 2005 workshop on managing grasslands for bird habitat. A sample interactive page (TrialButton.pdf, 1.6 Mbytes) is available for download at no cost , which demonstrates three bird species accounts, with images, sounds and roll-over distinguishing field marks.  The book briefly covers 27 NH bird species (identification and sounds) that utilize grasslands as part or all of their annual habitat requirements, and introduces the identification botany of grasses (18 species), rushes (2 species) and sedges (4 species) -- all chosen for their common growth in and near hayfields.

This PDF book is now for sale by MIST, release date: July 10, 2005.

Prepaid price for the CD Grassland Birds of New Hampshire book is $ 20.00 USD. This includes regular shipping within the USA. Please send check (in USD
payable to MIST Software Associates, Inc. ) and order to:

MIST Software Associates, Inc.
P. O. Box 269, Hollis, NH 03049

Please note that you are ordering Grassland Birds, and include your snail mailing address for shipping the CD.    We normally ship the day after we receive the check and order.

 


  Announcing the CD-ROM of the original Adobe Acrobat PDF book: Graminoids - a guide to some grasses, sedges and rushes of Northeastern USA.

Available now, in PDF format:
Graminoids - guide to some common grasses, sedges and rushes of Northeastern USA.
by Martin C. Michener
ISBN 0-9728035-2-1

First, this is a book for beginners, to easily identify the common graminoids by original photographs at many magnifications. Each species has its own full page Species Account. Over 360 color photos and diagrams are provided, including close-ups of spikelet, flower and seed labeled details for most of the 47 chosen species. This  PDF book is approximately 27,000 words,  128 pages, and has over 1100 internal links.


Image of Blue Joint Grass

Second, the book explains descriptive morphological terms like acute, achenecespitose, anther, awn, etc.  Each text usage is linked by a single click to its definition in the Glossary when it first appears on each page.  Diagrams of the microscopic parts are shown for many of the species -- providing steps for the advanced features below.


Image of Yellow Nut-grass

Third, the book provides detailed chapters on: Introduction to New England graminoids, identifying graminoids by appearance, location by ecological habitat, and by how to begin using technical species keys for our full flora. It would be considered an ideal study guide to the keys in Dennis Magee & Harry Ahles, 1999. Flora of the Northeast.


Image of Carex vestita

Fourth, the book steps the reader through several of these keys, forward and backward, showing how one can gain the skills needed to identify the other 400 plus graminoids covered by Magee & Ahles.


Image of Lurid Sedge

Fifth, each Species Account page has 2-6 photos at various magnifications, a technical description of the species (adapted from Gray's Manual), and is adequate by itself to enable you to progress through the key couplets from Magee & Ahles to find the proper species identification.


Image of Purple Love Grass

Sixth, the Glossary is selective, supporting Graminoid identification, and is richly illustrated, itself with more than 100 photos and graphic diagrams comprising the 25 pages.


Looking more closely . . .

If you can identify some flowers, but have previously avoided the grasses, rushes and sedges as being just too difficult, and you want to move forward as a naturalist, this book is designed specifically for you. 

"Grasses are fascinating plants, but their beauty is more subtle than showier flowers, their identification trickier.  'Graminoids' makes their identification far simpler and more accessible for naturalists and flower lovers.   In a world of shrinking habitat for grassland plants and the birds and other species that need them, this important work is both welcome and necessary."
Laura Erickson, author & host of a public radio show on birds, Duluth, MN

"I love it! Its the next best thing to a day in the field with Magee."
—Jeff Orchard, Environmental Consultant and first Graminoid customer, Windham, NH


Freshwater marshland, home of many grasses and sedges.  How many do you know?

This PDF book is now for sale by MIST, release date: March 20, 2004.

Prepaid price for the CD Graminoids book is $ 20.00 USD. This includes regular shipping within the USA. Please send check (in USD payable to MIST Software Associates, Inc. ) and order to:

MIST Software Associates, Inc.
P. O. Box 269, Hollis, NH 03049

Please note that you are ordering Graminoids, and include your snail mailing address for shipping the CD.  We normally ship the day after we receive the check and order. 


Where else? Graminoids disc can also be purchased directly at these fine nature stores:

MIST Supports nature education and conservation, and thanks the many volunteers who make all the difference!


Announcing the CD-ROM of the original Adobe Acrobat PDF book: Graminoids - a guide to some grasses, sedges and rushes of Northeastern USA.


The following is an up-to-date (April 4, 2004) list of the publications available from this site.  Some are fully published herein as PDF files; some are partially available for free download, and the full document can be requested by email to the author.

  • Wetland Site Index for Summarizing Botanical Studies - by Martin C. Michener - originally printed in 1983 the Journal "WETLANDS"
  • A Wetland Dilemma - by Martin C. Michener - originally published in 1989 in Wildflower Notes by New England Wild Flower Society.
  • An Adult Albino Ambystoma - by Peter B. Smith and Martin C. Michener - originally published April 9, 1962, in Herpetologica Vol 18(1):67-68.
  • Distribution and Relative Abundance of the Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos, in Eastern New England. - by Martin C. Michener and James D. Lazell, Jr. - originally published in 1989 in Journal of Herpetology Vol 23(1):35-40.

  • This Broken Archipelago First page

    This Broken Archipelago - Amphibians and Reptiles of Cape Cod and the Islands.

    - By James D. Lazell, Jr. and Martin C. Michener
    ISBN 0-9728035-1-3

    197 pages; 107 B/W & 17 new color illustrations; 31 locality and range maps.
    A short 3 Megabyte sample is available for Download here, with printing disallowed, containing full species accounts for one salamander, one frog, one turtle and one snake, as well as much more selected text.
    Originally published in 1976 by Quadrangle Press, New York Times Books, and out of print since the late 1970's.

    This revised PDF version is currently for sale by MIST

    Prepaid price for the CD full book and 8 frog species sounds is $ 20.00 USD. This includes regular shipping within the USA. Please send check (in USD payable to MIST Software Associates, Inc. ) and order to:

    MIST Software Associates, Inc.
    P. O. Box 269, Hollis, NH 03049

    Please note that you are ordering "This Broken Archipelago", and include your snail mailing address for shipping the CD.  (The PDF file is too large to post on this web site). We also provide a list of herpetological sites appropriate to this book.

    All documents are Copyrighted 2004, Martin C. Michener.

     

  • Graminoids - First page

    Graminoids - guide to some common grasses, sedges and rushes of the Northeastern USA.

    by Martin C. Michener
    ISBN 0-9728035-2-1

    The details for ordering are the same as for the above CD book.

    A non-printing PDF preview sample from Graminoids, (19 pages, 32 color photos, about 1.3 megs file size), is available for free download.  It contains:

    The title page, a disclaimer note and copyright notice; the Table of Contents; the Foreword and Preface; first pages of each chapter; a Species Account for one species each of a grass, a rush and a sedge; the first page of the (25 page) illustrated Glossary.


 

 

Hairytail Mole, Parascalops breweri, found dead on snow Jan 26, 2004, Hollis, NH


Pine Barrens Treefrog, Hyla andersoni, at my cabin, New Lisbon, NJ


Mating Walking Sticks (Orthoptera, Phasmatidae) Hollis, NH, USA


Fruit Bat, Guangdong Province, Peoples Republic of China


Climbing fern, Lygodium palmatum, at my cabin, New Lisbon, New Jersey


Monarch Butterfly on New England Aster, New Hampshire USA


Tuberous Grass-Pink, New Hampshire USA


Karner Blue Butterfly on Lupine, Albany Pine Bush, New York USA