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Best Rail Trails Pacific Northwest; More Than 60 Rail Trails in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, Second Edition

By Natalie Bartley
Falcon Guides; paperback and e-book; 368 pp., 71 photographs
and 49 maps; $24.95 and $23.99.
Best Rail Trails Pacific Northwest is the complete guide to walking, jogging, biking, and cross-country skiing along more than sixty of the best rail trails in one of the most beautiful and geographically varied reaches of America. Written by a local author with expert knowledge of the region, this easy-to-use book provides mile-by-mile descriptions of the most unique rural and urban rail trails in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, plus teaser descriptions of some of the region’s other rail trails—from Washington’s Elliott Bay Trail that passes through four Seattle waterfront parks, to Idaho’s Route of the Hiawatha Rail Trail, renowned for its tunnels.

The Secret Lives of Animals: 1,001 Tidbits, Oddities, and Amazing Facts about North America’s Coolest Animals

By Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, Illustrations by Rachel Riordan
Falcon Guides, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press; softcover; 254 pp.; $19.95.
As kids who grew up in the great outdoors, Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer know how powerful animals can be when it comes to getting kids outside. It’s almost magical — kids can’t resist the lure of the monarch butterfly fluttering from flower to flower or the green frog hopping near a stream. Those big animals are fascinating too — the bison roaming the prairie, the whale jumping in the ocean and the alligator lurking in the swamps. Animals are cool and kids know it. Now all those cool animal facts are compiled in one place. “The Secret Lives of Animals” features more than 100 animals found in North America and a whopping 1,001 facts about these species.

Looking Through Water

By Bob Rich,
Skyhorse Publishing; hardcover; $24.99.
The author of several nonfiction fishing books, Bob Rich takes on the role of a raconteur in his first novel.
“It’s an adventure and love story; filled with conflict, emotion and healing,” Rich said. “It has guns, shooting, dying set against backdrops I’ve always loved; Manhattan, the Adirondacks and the Florida Keys, with fishing too.”
Sales benefit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. The respected business leader and author is the chairman of Rich Products. For a fun, upbeat interview with Rich, please contact Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications at 480-951-3654 or

Nature Guide to Yellowstone National Park

By Ann and Rob Simpson
Falcon Guides, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield,; paperback and eBook; 288 pp., over 300 color photographs; $16.95
The ultimate national park, Yellowstone has been dubbed the “Serengeti of North America.” Home to bison, elk, bighorn sheep, bear, moose, and wolves, park visitors often witness dramatic life and death encounters in the wild. “Nature Guide to Yellowstone National Park” is an easy-to-use field guide written to help visitors identify over 200 species of mammals, birds, butterflies, insects, fish, wildflowers, mushrooms, and more. Small enough to toss in a backpack the book is packed with information to help Yellowstone’s 3.5 million visitors learn about and enjoy their outdoor experience including suggested nature hikes and wildlife viewing areas, charts for driving times, visitor services, maps, and photo tips. As biologists, photographers, and writers, Ann and Rob Simpson have designed this book to engage and inspire visitors to learn about and conserve the nature of Yellowstone. ♦

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