Jules Evens' Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula is a classic. In addition to providing an exhaustive account of the great biological diversity, the rich geological make-up of the peninsula, and a riveting tour of the ecology of one of the most special places on earth, Evens writes with enviable lyricism. This is a book that lives up to the landscape it approaches, and everyone who spends time here should own a copy. — From What We're Reading
Jules Evens weaves history, science, and personal anecdote into an absorbing chronicle of one of the most biologically diverse places in North America. His account of this enchanted "island in time," separated by tectonics from the rest of the continent, provides a comprehensive overview of the Point Reyes Peninsula, exploring its dynamic character and its haunting appeal. Evens thoroughly investigates the climate, geology, and flora and fauna of Point Reyes, giving special attention to its most characteristic species and their ecological relationships. He delves into the past as well, evoking images of salmon-swollen creeks, herds of elk, and canyons echoing with the cries of cougars to enliven our imagination and set the stage as he traces the changes that have occurred at Point Reyes since the first Spanish explorers visited its shores in the late 1500s. Extensively illustrated with color photographs, original illustrations, and maps, the book also includes species lists for the reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, common invertebrates, fish, and plants found on the peninsula today, making it an essential companion for anyone who plans to visit one of California's most unique natural areas.
About the Author
Jules G. Evens, naturalist and writer, has lived in the Point Reyes area for over 30 years. He is a long-time research associate with Avocet Research Associates, Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science, and Audubon Canyon Ranch. He is the author of Introduction to California Birdlife (UC Press) as well as many scientific papers and natural history articles.
“[Evens] is the ideal guide . . . [His] book covers Point Reyes from the ground up, literally.”
— Berkeley Daily Planet
“The author’s lyric prose includes many of his own experiences in nature, often with a refreshing sense of both discovery and wonder.”
— Point Reyes Light
“Whether a visitor to the peninsula or an armchair traveler, readers will agree Evens is a fascinating storyteller, and his writings are sure to attract many to this incredible landscape.”
— National Garden Clubs
— K. B. Sterling
“Lively and well-informed narrative.”
— Robert Francis
“If you were to take one book to serve as an overall guide . . . in Pt. Reyes, this would be it.”
— Placerville Mountain Democrat
“Impressive . . . Point Reyes residents and visitors curious about the area’s natural history will surely find this splendid guide fascinating and instructive.”