Nature

Agritourism and Nature Tourism in California

From bed and breakfasts to U-pick orchards, cooking classes to wine and olive oil tastings, the ever-popular corn maze to school trips, the agritourism arena has emerged as a viable financial option for many farms and ranches. Inside you’ll find easy-to-use worksheets and activities that will walk you through the steps needed to determine if agritourism is for you. […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781601077424 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area

Reading this guidebook is like taking a wild foods walk with foraging experts Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein: it gives practical advice for gathering edible wild plants in the Bay Area in a voice that is friendly and suffused with rich personal knowledge. The authors provide thorough descriptions of where to find each of the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9780615496122 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Bay Area through Time

This new picture book takes readers on a one-of-a-kind tour of the Bay Area. Each turn of the page ventures further and further back in time: from a mere three hundred years ago, not long after the arrival of the first European explorers, to when Columbian mammoths lumbered about waterfall-ringed meadows (40,000 years ago); to […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597143011 Temporarily Out of Stock

Birds of Berkeley

This charming, full-color field guide to 25 birds easily found in Berkeley proves that even the city’s avian residents are a little quirky. Meticulously detailed illustrations capture each bird’s distinctive physicality and temperament. A Burrowing Owl faces you in a full-on head shot, perhaps having just raised its raspy, chattering alarm call as you trespass […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597144070 Temporarily Out of Stock

Birds of Napa County

Final sale! Was $13.00, now $3.25. From grebes, herons, loons, and ducks to creepers, owls, flycatchers, and sparrows, there is a liveliness to renowned illustrator Hermann Heinzel’s Napa. Its playfulness, sophistication, and emotion add depth to our understanding of this place that two million people visit each year. It is more than just a convenient bird […]

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The Birds of Oliver James Note Card Set, Volume 1 PREORDER

These lovely note cards beautifully reproduce the colored-pencil illustrations of birds that Oliver James created for Birds of Berkeley.This box contains twelve white envelopes and twelve blank cards; three each of four designs: Burrowing Owl California Scrub Jay Snowy Egret Townsend’s Warbler

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The Birds of Oliver James Note Card Set, Volume 2 PREORDER

These lovely note cards beautifully reproduce the colored-pencil illustrations of birds that Oliver James created for Birds of Berkeley. This box contains twelve white envelopes and twelve blank cards; three each of four designs: Anna’s Hummingbird Cooper’s Hawk Forster’s Tern Western Meadowlark

Note cards, ISBN: 9781597144643 Temporarily Out of Stock

California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists

California is home to over sixteen hundred species of undomesticated bees—most of them native—that populate and pollinate our gardens, fields, and urban green spaces. In this absorbing guidebook, some of the state’s preeminent bee and botany experts introduce us to this diverse population. California Bees and Blooms holds a magnifying glass up to the twenty-two most common genera (and six species […]

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The California Field Atlas

#1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller Winner, 2018 California Book Award Gold Medal (Notable Contribution to Publishing) Winner, 2018 NCIBA Book of the Year Award (Regional Interest) Finalist, 2018 Northern California Book Awards This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite […]

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The California Field Atlas Note Card Set: Mammals

Now available from Heyday! These lovely note cards beautifully reproduce the watercolor illustrations of mammals and birds of prey that Obi Kaufmann created for his best-selling book, The California Field Atlas. This box contains twelve white envelopes and twelve blank cards; three each of four designs: Coyote Mountain Lion Wild Boar Wild Horses

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The California Field Atlas Note Card Set: Raptors

Now available from Heyday! These lovely note cards beautifully reproduce the watercolor illustrations of mammals and birds of prey that Obi Kaufmann created for his best-selling book, The California Field Atlas. This box contains twelve white envelopes and twelve blank cards; three each of four designs: Bald Eagle Burrowing Owl Peregrine Falcon Red-Tailed Hawk

Note cards, ISBN: 9781597144582 Temporarily Out of Stock

California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora

California Plants is an essential resource for outdoor enthusiasts. With his vibrant photographs and lively writing, Matt Ritter takes the reader on a journey through the Golden State’s iconic landscapes and abundant plant life. This definitive guide features more than 500 species, along with detailed descriptions, fascinating natural history stories, and handy tree and wildflower […]

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California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra

No need to hop on a plane to the East Coast! California has beautiful fall foliage, especially in the Sierra Nevada, which glows red and golden every year with aspens, cottonwoods, dogwoods, maples, and oaks. This compact, lively guide shows visitors where and how to capture the best images of turning leaves in the eastern […]

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A Californian’s Guide to the Birds among Us

As its sister title, A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us, did for arboreal varieties, this new guidebook introduces casual birders to 120 of California’s most easily seen bird species—native and exotic alike—as found in a mix of urban, suburban, and traditionally natural habitats. Full-color images and clear, direct descriptions make identification easy, and […]

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A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us

We bring the strength and beauty of the natural world into our urban landscapes by planting trees, and California is blessed with a rich horticultural history, visible in an abundance of cultivated trees that enrich our lives with extraordinary color, bizarre shapes, unusual textures, and unexpected aromas. A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us […]

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A Californian’s Guide to the Mammals among Us PREORDER

At its current tally of 212 species, California’s mammal list is the largest of all the United States’. This new guidebook joins its sister titles A Californian’s Guide to the Birds among Us and A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us in introducing naturalists of all levels to over forty varieties of the Golden State’s […]

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Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California

The Chumash people have lived in coastal California from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara for thousands of years. Their homeland is an area of uncommon biological richness and diversity, featuring over 1,500 species of plants. Their traditional foods, medicine, raw materials for making clothing, all kinds of tools and utensils, religious paraphernalia, and other […]

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A Coast to Explore: Coastal Geology and Ecology of Central California

From wave-cut rock cliffs and sea caves to gravel beaches and coastal dunes, California’s coastline provides visitors with unparalleled topographical variety and great intellectual challenge. What forces shaped such an extraordinary landscape? Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel have been mapping the coast of California since the 1980s as part of a larger initiative to […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9780981661810 Temporarily Out of Stock

Common Bees in California Gardens

A colorful companion to the Heyday title California Bees and Blooms, this pocket-sized card set will help you identify 24 of the most common bees found in California’s urban gardens and landscapes. Included for each featured bee are color photographs, a general description of appearance, and information about distribution and richness, flight season, nesting habits, […]

Laminated cards, ISBN: 9781627110013 Temporarily Out of Stock

Discovering Nature’s Alphabet

If you stand in just the right place, at just the right time, you are going to see some pretty amazing things. Like the three tall branches leaning against one another, creating the letter A. Or the spines of a cactus forming the letter F. And it looks like that bent, twisting tree trunk makes […]

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Discovering Nature’s Alphabet (board book)

If you stand in just the right place, at just the right time, you are going to see some pretty amazing things. Like three branches leaning against one another, creating the letter A. Or the spines of a cactus forming the letter F. Discovering Nature’s Alphabet, Heyday’s best-selling ABC title, is now available as a board book so that babies […]

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Discovering Nature’s Hidden Alphabet

With imagination and a little practice, you can find the shapes of the alphabet all throughout the natural world. New from the coauthors of Heyday’s best-selling Discovering Nature’s Alphabet, this adventurous ABC picture book takes readers on a rollicking quest through bamboo groves, across vast deserts, and to the edge of the ocean in search of each letter. Every featured photograph […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597143585 Temporarily Out of Stock

Enough for All: Foods of My Dry Creek Pomo and Bodega Miwuk People

Celebrating Native California food gathering and preparation across the seasons, Kathleen Rose Smith reveals the practices handed down through generations of her Bodega Miwuk and Pomo ancestors, and shares how these traditions have evolved into the contemporary ways her family still enjoys wild foods. Her knowledge and personal reflections are expressed through recipes, stories, and […]

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The Flavors of Home: A Guide to the Wild Edible Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area

A new edition of a much-loved foraging classic, The Flavors of Home introduces readers to the San Francisco Bay Area’s abundance of edible wild plants and mushrooms. Margit Roos-Collins’s lively, graceful instructions for identifying and enjoying 128 blossoms, berries, nuts, greens, mushrooms, and seaweeds inspires a deep sense of intimacy and affection for our surroundings. […]

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Flora of the Santa Ana River and Environs: With References to World Botany, New Edition

The Santa Ana River is the largest watercourse in the heavily populated coastal plain of southern California. Despite the encroachment of urban development, the river and its environs are home to nearly 1,400 plant species. In this seminal guide to the flora of the Santa Ana River, Oscar F. Clarke and his team have compiled […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597140508 Temporarily Out of Stock

Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tide Pools

This scientifically accurate yet utterly charming field guide to the Pacific coast intertidal zone introduces readers to a world populated by spectacular wildlife: 150-year-old giant green anemones that paralyze their prey with their petal-like tentacles; sunflower sea stars that traverse the tide pool floor on twenty-four limbs; orange-tipped, opalescent sea slugs that dabble in cannibalism; and much, much more. Small enough […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597143028 Temporarily Out of Stock

Hetch Hetchy: Undoing a Great American Mistake

Final sale! Was $24.95, now $6.24. “The environmental movement as we know it was forged in the fight against Hetch Hetchy Dam. No previous debate over the American landscape had so engaged and enraged the American public. The Sierra Club and other opponents helped stir this sentiment and their campaign to preserve Hetch Hetchy became […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597142281 Temporarily Out of Stock

Insects of the Los Angeles Basin (Third Edition)

Updated for the first time in over twenty years, the third edition of Insects of the Los Angeles Basin is a beautifully produced and richly illustrated field guide to more than 450 common or conspicuous insects, spiders, millipedes, and other arthropods that inhabit the region. Each species account describes the size and physical characteristics of […]

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Is That a Skunk?

A skunk has taken up residence in the backyard! In this charming picture book, Lucas and his family adjust to their urban wildlife neighbor, and along the way they learn all about these surprisingly amiable animals: their favorite things to eat, their preferred places to stay, their friends and enemies, and even how to get […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597143998 Temporarily Out of Stock

It’s Nice to Be a Pika

It’s nice to be a pika perching on a rock; eating flowers, munching leaves, going for a walk! This board book introduces babies and toddlers to a very adorable animal. Playful, rhyming text takes us through a day in the life of a pika, supplemented by fun facts for parents to share with youngsters. With […]

Board book, ISBN: 9781597143363 Temporarily Out of Stock

It’s Nice to Be an Otter

It’s nice to be a sea otter sharing all the news; floating with a friend or two until it’s time to snooze! This board book introduces babies and toddlers to a very adorable animal. Playful, rhyming text takes us through a day in the life of an otter, supplemented by fun facts for parents to […]

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It’s Nice to Be a Kit Fox PREORDER

It’s nice to be a kit fox hearing all the sounds, hunting insects, catching leaves, digging in the ground! This board book introduces babies and toddlers to a very adorable animal. Playful, rhyming text takes us through a day in the life of a kit fox, supplemented by fun facts for parents to share with […]

Board book, ISBN: 9781597144018 Temporarily Out of Stock

It’s Nice to Be a Mountain Lion

It’s nice to be a mountain lion lounging in a tree; going for a little prowl with lots to learn and see! This board book introduces babies and toddlers to a very adorable animal. Playful, rhyming text takes us through a day in the life of a cougar, supplemented by fun facts for parents to […]

Board book, ISBN: 9781597144292 Temporarily Out of Stock

John Muir’s Book of Animals

Many of John Muir’s most vivid and memorable stories celebrate his encounters with animals. Whether breakfasting with deer, attempting to scare off a black bear, or musing upon the ferocity of ants, Muir looks upon the animal world with amazement and affection, and the power of his words, the freshness of his thinking, the keenness of […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597143189 Temporarily Out of Stock

King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about Nature

From a towering tree, one of California’s preeminent naturalists unspools a history that echoes across generations and continents. Former park ranger William C. Tweed takes readers on a tour of the Big Trees in a narrative that travels deep into the Sierras, around the West, and all the way to New Zealand; and in doing […]

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The Last Stand: The War Between Wall Street and Main Street over California’s Ancient Redwoods

This “gripping and informative” (Publishers Weekly) account of financier Charles Hurwitz’s takeover of the Pacific Lumber Company (PL) in remote Northern California is as much a story about the struggle for the soul of capitalism as it is about the fight to save the ancient redwoods on the company’s lands. For generations the family-owned PL […]

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The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

In this groundbreaking and meticulously field-tested guide, the rich variety of Sierra life—trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects—comes alive. “If you have room for only one Sierra Nevada guidebook in your pack, make it this little gem….Dense with illustration, it’s the perfect all-ages introduction to field guides. Well-researched natural history notes pull the reader more deeply into the story of these iconic mountains.”—Sierra Magazine

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The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

John Muir Laws’s guide to drawing birds is itself winged, soaring between a devotion not only to art but also to the lives, forms, and postures of the birds themselves. Here, artistic technique and the exquisite details of natural history intertwine, and drawing becomes the vehicle for seeing. As Laws writes, “To draw feathers, you must […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597141956 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

The ultimate guide to nature drawing and journaling! A potent combination of art, science, and boundless enthusiasm, the latest art instruction book from John Muir Laws (The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds) is a how-to guide for becoming a better artist and a more attentive naturalist. In straightforward text complemented by step-by-step illustrations, dozens of […]

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The Laws Pocket Guide Set: San Francisco Bay Area

Created by the author and illustrator of the popular Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, this set of habitat guides makes plant and animal identification fun and easy. The box set contains four user-friendly foldout guides and is small enough to tote along in a pocket, yet durable enough to weather abuse at the bottom of any backpack.

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The Laws Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Sacramento Valley

The Sacramento Valley is a unique and special part of California. There are quaint small towns and hardworking family farmers that grow food while providing environmental benefits. Area rice fields have an amazing abundance and diversity of wildlife. Rice fields act as surrogate wetlands, providing billions of dollars in environmental benefits. They are home to […]

Fold-out guide, ISBN: 9781597142670 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Laws Pocket Guide: Among the oaks and pines

With an ideal climate for some of the most majestic trees in the world, the Bay Area is an arboreal playland. Take a trek through Muir Woods to see the amazing Coast Redwood. This fog-loving tree provides shelter for the endangered Spotted Owl and is the tallest and one of longest-lived trees on earth—some grow to over three hundred feet tall and live more than two thousand years!

Fold-out guide, ISBN: 9781597141246 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Laws Pocket Guide: Near creeks, rivers, and ponds

The Bay Area is a great place to explore the life that is sustained by marshes, streams, and ponds. Muddy banks make for great animal tracking, so keep your eyes downward in search of tracks and other clues, and listen for the sounds of frogs splashing as they leap into the water.

In late winter, be on the lookout for newts as they emerge from their burrows to lay eggs.

Fold-out guide, ISBN: 9781597141222 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Laws Pocket Guide: On grassy hills and in fields

The Bay Area is known for its beautiful golden hills, which are covered with the combination of grasses, tangled shrubs, and other low-growing vegetation known as chaparral. Resident mammals are magnificent—look for the tracks and droppings of coyotes and other large mammals, and for signs of smaller rabbits and rodents too. On the hills you’ll find springtime welcomed by blankets of orange poppies growing abundantly alongside other colorful wildflowers.

Fold-out guide, ISBN: 9781597141239 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Laws Pocket Guide: Yard and Garden Birds

With this durable, color-coded guide to the birds of Bay Area yards, parks, and gardens—and some time outdoors—you will soon know a towhee from a pewee, a phoebe from a chickadee, and when a dazzling flock of Cedar Waxwings lights nearby, you’ll be ready to enjoy it. Courting, nesting, feeding, fledging, singing, shuffling, drilling, perching, […]

Fold-out guide, ISBN: 9781597143097 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Laws Sketchbook for Nature Journaling

Created with the beginning nature journalist in mind, The Laws Sketchbook for Nature Journaling hardcover blank journal is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in the practice and joy of getting out, observing, and recording nature. Including tips, advice, and practical information from master nature journalist John Muir Laws—from what makes up a well-stocked nature […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597143455 Temporarily Out of Stock

Living Wild

Where is your favorite place to be? Is it a hole in the ground, the bloom of a flower, or a little blue spot in the sky? In the latest board book from the author of Running Wild, photographs of animals in their natural habitats show young readers the varied and wonderful places that creatures […]

Board book, ISBN: 9781597143820 Temporarily Out of Stock

Magpies and Mayflies: An Introduction to Plants and Animals of the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills

Final sale! Was $16.95, now $4.24. Follow biologist Derek Madden as he explores some of California’s most diverse ecosystems. Most often associated with rich farmland, bountiful orchards, spreading cities, irrigation channels, and well-traveled highways, California’s Great Central Valley and nearby Sierra Nevada Foothills have long hosted abundant, varied, and often surprising plant and animal life. […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597140034 Temporarily Out of Stock

Manzanar to Mount Whitney: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker

In 1942, fourteen-year-old Hank Umemoto gazed out a barrack window at Manzanar Internment Camp, saw the silhouette of Mount Whitney against an indigo sky, and vowed that one day he would climb to the top. Fifty-seven years and a lifetime of stories later, at the age of seventy-one, he reached the summit. Part memoir and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597142021
Price: $16.95

The Mountains of California

In The Mountains of California, famed naturalist John Muir takes us on a tour of the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Ranges, showing off the regions’ marvels of topography, forests, glaciers, weather, and wildlife. Muir’s vivid descriptions of nature are infused with his characteristic wonder at the magnificence of wilderness, from a single songbird’s “perfect […]

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My First Summer in the Sierra

My First Summer in the Sierra presents Muir’s journal entries from his first long-term adventure in Yosemite and the surrounding area, when he helped drive a flock of sheep through the foothills toward the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers. Muir’s vivid descriptions of nature are infused with his characteristic wonder at the magnificence […]

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A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

Final sale! Was $35.00, now $8.75. The Santa Barbara region is at the cusp of Northern and Southern California, where animals and plants from both areas mingle and create ecosystems of great diversity. In the first-ever comprehensive nature guide to the area, accomplished author, teacher, and Santa Barbara native Joan Easton Lentz shares her lifelong […]

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The Once and Future Forest: California’s Iconic Redwoods PREORDER

In commemoration of Save the Redwoods League’s 100th anniversary, Heyday is proud to present a book that showcases both the grandeur of the redwood ecosystems that sustain California and the deep love they have engendered in scientists, writers, artists, and the general public. At the heart of this celebration are five new essays by Gary […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597144445 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Raccoon Next Door: Getting Along with Urban Wildlife

Raccoon Next Door is a guide to help us identify and get along with the neighborhood raccoon and all our other wild neighbors. Author Gary Bogue presents stories, anecdotes, and sound advice for coexisting with the common creatures you might encounter in your backyard. Chuck Todd’s illuminating illustrations bring the animals to life in vivid […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781890771713 Temporarily Out of Stock

Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California

Final sale! Was $18.95, now $4.74. California is a place of intense and immediate tectonic activity, varied climate, and diverse habitats, and it is a place where stunning arrays of life meet and intermingle. California is also one of the newest places on Earth, freshly hewn, young and full of vitality, a place where one […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597141512 Temporarily Out of Stock

Room to Breathe: The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula

Final sale! Was $24.95, now $6.24. With San Francisco and “Silicon Valley” just down the road, the hills and valleys of the San Francisco Peninsula would have been teeming with residential development had it not been for a group of visionaries who forty years ago created the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District*. More than two […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597141994 Temporarily Out of Stock

Running Wild

How do you like to move? Do you like to swim like a sea lion, prance like a deer, slither like a snake, or crawl like a turtle? In this board book, photographs of wild animals go hand-in-hand with text that encourages youngsters to skip, dash, dive, and run through the natural world.

Board book, ISBN: 9781597143646 Temporarily Out of Stock

Sacrament: Homage to a River

Final sale! Was $45.00, now $11.25. “To fall in love with a wild river is to be changed forever, heart and soul. To fall for a river in California is to live with the scars and ghosts of loss.” In Sacrament: Homage to a River, Geoff Fricker’s atmospheric photographs reveal the geology, salmon runs, fluvial […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597142434 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast

Winner the 2017 NCIBA Book of the Year Award (Regional Interest). In The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard combines a startling depth of knowledge with wry humor and colorful storytelling to guide readers’ quests to hook fish, dig clams, and pick seaweed for themselves. Leighton Kelly’s stunning, occasionally idiosyncratic illustrations complement practical […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597143578 Temporarily Out of Stock

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks

A Californian may vacation in Yosemite, Big Sur, or Death Valley, but many of us come home to an oak woodland. Yet, while common, oak woodlands are anything but ordinary. In a book rich in illustration and suffused with wonder, author Kate Marianchild combines extensive research and years of personal experience to explore some of […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 9781597142625 Temporarily Out of Stock

Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide

As a naturalist managing the field studies program at the California Academy of Sciences, John Muir Laws noticed that novice birders often distinguish birds by color and size rather than species. This inspired him to create Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide, a unique book that assumes no prior birding knowledge on the part of the reader. Color-coded keys eliminate the time-consuming frustration of thumbing randomly through a guide, and a cross-index is also included for more advanced birders. All this in a format that is simply organized, lightweight, and small enough to tuck inside a pocket.

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Sierra Starlight: The Astrophotography of Tony Rowell

Tony Rowell, son of wilderness photographer Galen Rowell, has created a compelling world in his “astrophotographs” of nighttime landscapes awash with light from the cosmos. This new book showcases iconic Sierra Nevada landmarks, both natural and manmade, against the spectacular night sky. The Milky Way illuminates a fleet of boats in the harbor at Lake […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597143134 Temporarily Out of Stock

Sierra Wildflowers: A Hiker’s Guide PREORDER

From sprawling fields of showy hillside poppies, lupines, and paintbrushes in the foothills to orchids, lilies, and primroses in the higher meadows of our national parks, the Sierra Nevada is one of the premier wildflower destinations in California. Naturalist John Muir Laws has adapted his painted-from-life flower illustrations from The Laws Field Guide to the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597144674 Temporarily Out of Stock

Spiders in Your Neighborhood: A Field Guide to Your Local Spider Friends

Spiders! Scary? Maybe. Cool? Definitely. Author Pat Stadille used to be terribly afraid of these eight-legged daddies, until he started learning more about them. Now spiders are his best friends! We have a feeling you’re going to feel the same way, once you hear about their silky skills, hunting habits, and generally shy and gentle […]

Saddle-stitched, ISBN: 9781597142601 Temporarily Out of Stock

A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California

Vernal pools, protected lagoons, grassy hills rich in bunchgrasses and, where the San Francisco Bay is today, ancient bison and mammoths roaming a vast grassland. Through the use of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham walks through these forgotten landscapes to uncover secrets about the past, explore what our future will hold, and experience the ever-changing landscape […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597143066 Temporarily Out of Stock

The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource PREORDER

Obi Kaufmann, author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, turns his artful yet analytical attention to the Golden State’s single most complex and controversial resource: water. In this new book, full-color maps unravel the braided knot of California’s water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite natural resources—a history […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597144698 Temporarily Out of Stock

Tahoe beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake

Lake Tahoe transformed America, and not just once but many times over—from the earliest Ice Age civilizations to the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe. It even played a hidden role in the American conquest of California, the launch of the Republican Party, and the birth of John Steinbeck’s first novel. Along the way, Lake Tahoe […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597141390 Temporarily Out of Stock

Take Me to the River: Fishing, Swimming, and Dreaming on the San Joaquin

Final sale! Was $21.95, now $5.49. For ten years, Coke Hallowell and her daughter Joell asked people with deep connections to the San Joaquin, “What was your life like along the river?” With candor and enthusiasm, people responded. Fishermen, miners, immigrants, Native Americans, hunters, farmers, and environmentalists all clamored to be heard. The result is […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597141437 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Tom Killion Gift Box

Paperback editions of Tom Killion and Gary Snyder’s award-winning books The High Sierra of California, Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints, and California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History are available in one deluxe box set edition featuring Tom Killion’s gorgeous artwork.   Praise for The High Sierra of California: Winner, California […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597143547 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Tom Killion Gift Collection

Heyday is proud to announce all-new gift sets of the work of renowned and beloved California printmaker, Tom Killion, featuring four never-before-published boxed note card sets and a collector’s gift box set of all three of Killion’s wildly popular collaborations with Gary Snyder—The High Sierra of California, Tamalpais Walking, and California’s Wild Edge. Blank Note Cards Now […]

Trail Posts: A Literary Exploration of California’s State Parks

Two college students leap among the branches of a coastal redwood canopy, with no safety equipment other than their sense of balance. A woman gives her testimonio of the day in 1846 when boisterous men in coyote skins raised a hand-painted bear flag above her home. A beginning surfer—derogatorily termed a “kook”—ponders the grassroots activism […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597142724
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Trees in Paradise: The Botanical Conquest of California

Winner of the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award, Forest History Society Winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies Finalist, Spur Award for Nonfiction Contemporary, Western Writers of America At the intersection of plants and politics, Trees in Paradise is an examination of ecological mythmaking and conquest. The first Americans who looked […]

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The Trees of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco

Final sale! Was $18.95, now $4.74. The Trees of Golden Gate Park is based on the writings of botanist Elizabeth McClintock, whose column on the trees of Golden Gate Park was a feature of Pacific Horticulture magazine for twenty-five years; it presents the reader with the stories of 170 different trees found in the park and […]

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Unlikely Ally: How the Military Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment

What do national security and defense mean in the ecologically destabilizing age of climate change? In California, the US military has begun to redefine these concepts by taking on a largely unrecognized yet crucial role in renewable-energy innovation and in preserving cultural and natural treasures. Environmental stewardship is law on installations throughout the United States, […]

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When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California

Wildness beats in the heart of California’s urban areas. In Los Angeles, residents are rallying to build one of the largest wildlife crossings in the world because of the plight of one lonely mountain lion named P-22. Porpoises cavort in San Francisco Bay again because of a grassroots effort to clean up a waterway that […]

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The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower

“A worthy tribute and a good lesson on the conservation movement.” —Kirkus Reviews The twentieth-century environmental movement owes much to a single man: David Brower. Countless natural wonders would have been lost if not for his efforts and the tremendous energy put forth by organizations he directed and/or founded (including the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and the […]

Wonderments of the East Bay

The East Bay Regional Parks abound in wonderments: animals, plants, sounds, geological formations, histories, and languages that stimulate our curiosity and expand our capacity for awe. In exquisite, lyrical essays, Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin—with help from their friends—revel in these wonderments. Vernal pools burst into bloom in springtime, transforming cracked earth into wetlands crowded […]

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