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The reptiles return!

The revision of a popular field guide is now ready and available to purchase from the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore. Michigan Turtles and Lizards (E2234), a nontechnical guide, includes color photos of the 10 turtle and two lizard species that make Michigan their home. Michigan Turtles and Lizards

The guide was written by James H. Harding, instructor in the MSU Department of Zoology, and herpetology and zoology outreach specialist in the MSU Museum, and the late J. Alan Holman, curator emeritus of vertebrate paleontology at the MSU Museum and professor emeritus of geology and zoology at MSU. It was edited by Leslie Johnson and designed by graphic artist Alicia Burnell, both of Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications.

“Turtles, in particular as a group, are among the world’s most critically endangered vertebrates, due to massive and accelerating human exploitation and habitat destruction. There is less information on lizard populations, but many species are also on the decline,” said Mr. Harding.

You can use this book to identify a turtle or lizard by comparing it to the photographs or by using the simplified identification keys. The guide includes information on the anatomy, fossil history, distribution, habitats, behavior, captive care and conservation of these animals. It also contains a glossary of selected words and a list of recommended resources. This revision has updated taxonomy and some new text material with additional photos to enhance the text. The range maps have been revised to reflect the latest information on turtle and lizard distribution and there’s a new page on introduced species.

Michigan Forest Communities This guide makes a great gift for the young and the not so young. Most of Michigan’s native species of turtles and lizards can be found in adjoining portions of Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and even Ontario so you don’t have to limit your gift giving to friends and relatives in Michigan.

“People working in wildlife research, education or conservation may wish to obtain the revised version; however, ‘nonprofessional’ people who already own the old version need not feel compelled to throw them out and get the new one!” said Mr. Harding.

“I hope that our book will help people in this state to become familiar with the species here, and to understand our local conservation challenges with these ancient (but evolutionarily successful) reptiles,” he said.

Order the book from the MSU Extension Bookstore at http://web2.msue.msu.edu/bulletins2/product/michigan-turtles-lizards-418.cfm.

While shopping the MSU Extension Bookstore website, you will run across some treasures. One of them is Michigan Forest Communities: A Field Guide and Reference (E3000) by Donald Dickmann, professor emeritus in the MSU Department of Forestry, now retired. Books that describe tree species abound. But this book provides information about how trees grow together in communities. The book covers the 23 distinct forest communities found across Michigan. Each community is illustrated with photographs and maps. Take this guide with you as you explore Michigan forests for an up-close session in forest natural history. While you’re there, you may spot a turtle!

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Field guide wins ACE gold award

The Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide won a gold award for technical publications from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE). The ACE Critique and Awards (C&A) program recognizes individuals and teams for excellence in communication and technology skills.

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) produced the publication. The MCCC is a diverse group from academia, production agriculture, nongovernmental organizations, commodity interests, the private sector, and federal and state agencies collaborating to address soil, water, air and agricultural quality concerns in the Great Lakes and Mississippi river basins.

Michigan State University senior Extension educator, MSU adjunct professor of plant, soil and microbial sciences, and cover crop IPM Extension specialist Dale Mutch is on the executive committee representing MSU Extension for the MCCC.

The field guide is a compilation of cover crop species and application information, which has sold more than 15,000 copies since its February 2012 release. This guide helps producers effectively select, grow and use cover crops in their farming systems.

You can purchase this pocket guide through the Purdue Crop Diagnostic and Training Center at https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/dtc/Pages/CCFG.aspx.

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When Christmas shopping, take advantage of the convenience of MSU Extension Bookstore

When shopping for friends and family this Christmas, don’t forget there are many selections for both children and adults at the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore.Michigan Snakes

 Surprise your budding scientist or nature enthusiast with a field guide written by MSU experts. “Michigan Snakes (E2000)” portrays Michigan’s 18 species of snakes with large color photos. Filled with useful information, it will even tell you how to treat a snakebite.

Michigan Butterflies & Skippers (E2675)” includes every butterfly ever recorded in the state. Michigan Butterflies and Skippers

 For the hunter or for the hunter’s cook, try “Michigan Venison (E0657).” If you’d like your resident cook to perfect his or her cooking skills, order the “Eating Right is Basic Recipe Set (CYFC021).” It’s a flip-up cookbook with very simple yet nutritious recipes.

 A great coffee table book is “Pursuing What’s Best for the World: 150 years of Teaching, Research and Extension of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR400).” From the formation of Michigan Agricultural College to the development of Extension and AgBioResearch to the CANR’s linkage to other colleges in the university, the book covers the efforts, trials and accomplishments of the people who went before us.

 For the avid gardener, I suggest combining several items in a gift bundle. “Growing Plants Indoors: An Introduction on How to Care for Common Indoor Plants (E3142),” “Planting Techniques: A Guide for Successful Plant Establishment (E3111)” and the Soil Test Kit Self-Mailer (E3154) make a great combination.

 Shopping online is easy and convenient at bookstore.msue.msu.edu. To be in time for Christmas giving, please order by Dec. 16.

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