Wildflowers of the Indiana Dunes National Park (Paperback)
Indiana Dunes, located on the picturesque coast of Lake Michigan, is one of the most biologically diverse parks in the US national park system. Keen hikers can spot white mayapple blooms, orange-fringed orchids, pink lady slippers, and more.
Wildflowers of the Indiana Dunes National Park offers visitors a unique handbook highlighting over 160 of the common and exceptional wildflowers found along the trails of Indiana Dunes National Park and the surrounding area. This accessible field guide bypasses the dry nature of many wildflower guides. In addition to the usual scientific species names, descriptions, and bloom periods, Nathanael Pilla and Scott Namestnik offer deeper narratives--folklore surrounding the flowers, look-alikes, animals associated with the plants--that will be remembered much more easily than the length of a petal.
Illustrated with over 350 color photographs, Wildflowers of the Indiana Dunes National Park will be an asset to the casual hiker of Indiana Dunes National Park, a useful tool to the experienced botanist, and a delight to anyone interested in wildflowers.
About the Author
Nathanael Pilla is a botanist and musician. He fell in love with plants while living in Minneapolis and moved to Indiana to pursue botany. He received his master of science in biology from Purdue University Northwest. Nathanael is an active public speaker and nature enthusiast whose written work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. He currently resides in northwest Indiana. Scott Namestnik has a degree in botany from Miami University and serves as the Natural Heritage Program Botanist at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources--Division of Nature Preserves, where he conducts botanical inventories, assesses sites for protection consideration, and documents and monitors endangered and threatened species. He is coauthor (with Michael Homoya) of Wildflowers of the Midwest. He is based in northwest Indiana.