New Book by Garry Rogers About Arizona Wildlife Conservation

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Former Columbia University professor Garry Rogers has published, "Arizona Wildlife Notebook, Volume I: The Vertebrates." In this book, Dr. Rogers provides checklists with conservation status and space for notes for all the vertebrate species found in Arizona.

Arizona Wildlife Notebook, Volume I:  The Vertebrates

Wildlife Notebook

Amateur and professional naturalists need this book.

Dr. Garry Rogers published the wildlife notebook to assist with recording wildlife sightings. Wildlife and its habitat are disappearing worldwide. According to data released by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 56% of Arizona's native vertebrate species are in serious decline. Those that spend all or part of their life cycles in water, amphibians and fish, are the most imperiled. Those that are mobile or migratory, mammals and birds, are less imperiled, but even so, almost half are at risk.

Conservation Status of Arizona Vertebrates*
Total species, imperiled species, and % imperiled species are given for each species group.
Amphibians    33    23    70%
Bats     33    26    79%
Birds    548    264    48%
Fish             43    42    98%
Lizards    64    38    59%
Mammals    180    83    46%
Snakes    76    60    79%
Turtles    15    15    100%
TOTAL    992    551    56%
*Data from Arizona Game and Fish Department
**Group divisions by Garry Rogers

Records of species distributions are a critical component of conservation planning. Checklists like those in this book are useful tools for recording distributions and detecting changes. Ideal checklists target specific areas such as valleys, watersheds, parks, neighborhoods, or backyards. Such checklists are uncommon.

The Arizona Wildlife Notebook will help amateurs and professionals develop regional and local wildlife checklists. The book contains eight checklists that include all the amphibians, bats, birds, fish, mammals, lizards, snakes, and turtles that observers might see in Arizona. An introduction to each checklist provides references to field guides and notes on conservation concerns. Symbols in the checklists show each species' conservation status.

Dr. Rogers says there is a second reason for publishing this book:
"Some people have a condition known as biophilia. Biophiliacs have a nagging concern for the welfare of wildlife, and they collect books. Not just any books, they collect books about animals, plants, and habitats. As the condition progresses, the biophiliac fills shelves with dog-eared field guides and species accounts littered with handwritten notes. I compiled the Wildlife Notebook to ease the anxiety that comes from lost notes and faded memories of the reasons for folded corners of field guide pages. The Notebook does this by giving biophiliacs a place to consolidate their notes and ideas."

About Garry Rogers
Before becoming a full-time writer, Dr. Rogers had careers in science and business. He has a PhD in Physical Geography with emphasis on Synecology. He served on the faculty of Columbia University and studied ecological dynamics in North American deserts and the Atlantic coastal plain. He now lives in Humboldt, Arizona, and serves as President of the Agua Fria Open Space Alliance (

Contact Information
Wildlife observers can learn more about Garry Rogers' work on wildlife conservation at Sample chapters from this book and a second on Arizona invertebrates are available on the nonfiction page on the website. Buy the book at walk-in bookstores and online at The Naturalist's Bookstore ( Contact Dr. Rogers at grogers(at)sigmaxi(dot)net or (928) 925-7191 for more information.

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