Books about Florida's ecology. These books are widely available from your local library and bookstores.
Priceless Florida: Natural Ecosystems and Native Species. Whitney, Means, & Rudloe, Pineapple Press, 2004. A cornucopia of colorful illustrations and exquisite photos makes you feel youre there.
Strangers in Paradise: Impact And Management Of Nonindigenous Species In Florida. Edward O. Wilson, Brian Butterfield, James Carlton, and Deborah Jenson, 1997. Provides an in-depth examination of the Florida experience and of the ongoing efforts to eradicate or manage introduced species.
Florida's Living Beaches: A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber. Blair Witherington, Dawn Witherington, Pineapple Press, 2007. Exploring along those beaches offers encounters with myriads of plants, animals, minerals, and manmade objects all are covered in this comprehensive guide with descriptive accounts of 822 items, 983 color images, and 431 maps.
Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. Cynthia Barnett, University of Michigan Press, 2007. The long-time environmental reporter for Florida Trend magazine gives a rigorous look at the relentless pressure of development and burgeoning human populations on natural water supplies, particularly in the wetlands of Florida.
Stolen Water: Saving the Everglades from Its Friends, Foes, and Florida W. Hodding Carter, Atria, 2005. A gifted teller of nature tales with a flair for the humorous and offbeat, decided to tour this vast network of connecting rivers via canoe. The author details some of the competing interests of developers and conservationists, which have made for a political jumble of mixed good and venal intentions leading to some successful and also poor results.
Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape. Bill Belleville, University Press of Florida, 2006. Belleville poignantly reveals how the words of the old Joni Mitchell song have become a grim reality in central Florida, as his traditional Cracker home and rural neighborhood give way to suburban strip malls.
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. Janisse Ray, Milkweed Editions, 2000. Ray, a poet and an environmental activist, takes a tough-minded look at life in rural southern Georgia in this blend of memoir and nature study.
Protecting Paradise: 300 Ways to Protect Floridas Environment. Peggy Cavanaugh and Margaret Spontak, Phoenix Publishing and Pineapple Press, 1992.
Young Naturalist's Guide to Florida Peggy S. Lantz, Wendy Hale, Pineapple Press, 2006. A treasure of information and suggestions on where and how to look for Florida's most interesting natural features and creatures.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida. Peter Alden, and Rick Cech, Knopf, 1998. In this concisely detailed volume you'll become acquainted with the state's geologic origins, natural history, and diverse habitats.
Native Florida Plants, Revised Edition: Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening, Revised. Robert G. Haehle, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2004. This beautiful book advises Florida gardeners on how to select and care for plants that will thrive in the environment.
National Geographic Field Guides to Birds: Florida. Mel Baughman, National Geographic, 2005. Birds are presented on a two-page spread, with a clear photograph of the bird facing a page of bulleted facts. These identification aids include the common and scientific names of the bird, its field marks, a statewide range map, behavioral notes, locations where the bird is most easily found, and field notes.