Field Guide to the Piedmont

The Natural Habitats of America's Most Lived-in Region, From New York City to Montgomery, Alabama

By Michael A. Godfrey

536 pp., 4.5 x 8, 194 illus., 5 tables, 8 maps, appends., bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4671-1
    Published: October 1997
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-0749-8
    Published: December 2012
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6861-9
    Published: December 2012

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America's most populous region is also home to some of the nation's most serenely beautiful country. Tracing a gentle, thousand-mile curve from New York City southwestward to Montgomery, Alabama, the Piedmont connects an arc of urban centers which includes five state capitals, America's largest city, and the national capital. Between the Atlantic coastal plain and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont's rolling hills span miles of farmland and forest. Michael Godfrey's Field Guide to the Piedmont--originally published by Sierra Club Books and here newly revised and updated--is an informative and entertaining guide to the entire region's habitats, ecosystems, and rich botanical communities.

Focusing on plant succession, geology, soils, climate, and the plants and animals with which we share the land, Field Guide to the Piedmont also features 180 illustrations for easy identification of the Piedmont's principal flora and fauna. A chapter describing and providing directions to over fifty sites of special interest will inspire Piedmont residents to take this field guide in hand and explore their natural surroundings.

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About the Author

Raised in the Piedmont of Virginia, Michael A. Godfrey is a natural history writer and filmmaker who now lives in the Shenandoah Valley. He recently completed A Land Without Rivers, a study of the Atlantic rivers of the South.
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"Anyone who wishes to know more about the natural history of the Piedmont region will enjoy reading this useful, friendly guide."--Bird Watcher's Digest

"[Godfrey] describes the region in fascinating depth. . . . It's all here, well-arranged and illustrated. . . . [Even those] who have traveled portions of the Piedmont for 50 years will be surprised to discover, in this definitive book, how little they have actually understood their lush and beautiful countryside."--American Forests