It doesn’t happen often, but now and then a book
offers a complete, new perspective for those who adhere to nature’s many
areas of interest. So it is with “Native Trees of the Midwest,”
an offering of the Purdue University Press.
For those of us who have believed Charles Deam’s
“Trees Of Indiana” was second only to “The Holy Bible,” it
is easy to see the import of this beautiful piece of work. A cursory glance
at the double-truck layout for more than 125 species of trees native to
Indiana, and the Midwest, makes obvious the fact that this is a work of
value to anyone remotely involved with trees.
“Native Trees of the Midwest,” is the work
of three Purdue University professors. They are Sally S. Weeks, her husband,
Dr. Harmon P. Weeks, and Dr. George R. Parker, all of Purdue’s Scholl of
Natural Resources and Forestry.
“It is our intention with this book to introduce
the student, layperson and professional to the native trees of Indiana
and surrounding states by providing hard-to-find color images and updated
nomenclature from previous (published), state-specific field guides . .
This book appears destined for a niche in thousands
of libraries, businesses, schools, and homes. No person with even a rudimentary
interest in trees should be without it. This book will revolutionize the
task of compiling fall leaf collections for for kids and their parents
. . . It should fill a niche on every schoolteacher’s desk.
More than two years in its development, the Weeks/Parker
book offers reams of information on identifying each species throughout
the year with outstanding support of more than 750 color photographs. Shot
by Sally Weeks in what can be called nothing less than a monumental photographic
achievement, the photographs, alone, are well worth the price of the book
($49 from the Purdue Press, somewhat less from some online
Great features of this book come at you rapid-fire
from the time you enter the illustrated glossary of terms found in the
book. Format offers facing pages for each species of tree.
Left pages for each species is devoted to text.
Right pages offer pictures of leaves, flowers, fruits, buds and bark of
the trunk. Text includes common name, scientific name, family, and a wealth
of data on form and size, habitat, wildlife uses, landscaping values, quick
identification features, information on similar species, and an outline
map of midwestern states indicating distribution.
on thumbnail image for enlarged view.
Trees of the Midwest opens with a beautiful dust jacket and continues
through more than 125 species of trees.
Big days for fishing clinics at the 52nd annual
Indianapolis, Boat, Sport & Travel Show will be Saturdays and Sundays,
but there will be plenty of seminars by a great collection of angling pros
each day of the 10-day show that opens Feb. 17.
Pro anglers scheduled to conduct clinics are Spence
Petros, walleye; Dan Armitage, kids fishing; O.T. Fears, bass fishing;
Rick and Bob Jones (team Jones), crappie; Dave Stewart, bass; Mike Delvisco,
electronics for bass; Mike Hulbert, muskie; Chris Walker, muskie; Capt.
Mike Orr, salmon, trout, and Bill McDonald, a FLW Tournament Trail pro
who still calls Naptown home. Hoosier Bill is scheduled only for the first
weekend of the show.
Incidentally, Feb. 25, second Saturday of the
Sports Show, will be Kids Day. The first 750 kids through the gates on
that day will receive a rod and reel combo.
Throughout the show the Indiana Bass Federation
will be conducting the National BASSMASTER Casting Kids competition, free
for kids between 7 and 14 years old.
Dan Gapen, the Minnesota fishing tackle manufacturer
who became a favorite fishing son of Hoosier anglers in the 1960s
and ‘70s, will be back in the Sports Show this year after a 15-year absence.
Dan will be in Tackletown (booths 421-422) and
he is bringing 550 copies of the Hairy Worm, the lure that wowed anglers
in Indiana and elsewhere. The lures are large, but they are great showpieces,
and they will be gifts to those who buy other Gapen products at the show.