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The Great Tamaulipan Natural Province

The Tamaulipan Province stretches 55,000 square miles along the Tropic of Cancer, from the northernmost Mexican states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipus, San Luis Potosí, and Veracruz all the way to southwest Texas. Home to such varied species as the ocelot and the prairie dog, as well as rare birds like the green-cheeked amazon and the crimson-collared grosbeak, it is one of the most diverse regions in North America—and one of the most threatened.

The exquisite result of a partnership among Mexican non-governmental organizations, Agrupación Sierra Madre, and the Tamaulipus state government of Mexico, The Great Tamaulipan Natural Province explores this natural paradise and captures its incredible geographical diversity—lagoons, plains, deserts and mountains—through the lens of a camera. Each photograph argues powerfully and persuasively for the preservation of this unique and beautiful environment. A superb contribution to the study of North American wildlife, The Great Tamaulipan Natural Province is a must-read for scientists, environmentalists, policymakers, and anyone concerned about our rapidly diminishing natural world.

360 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 10 x 13 1/4 | © 2005

Biological Sciences: Tropical Biology and Conservation

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Table of Contents

Land of Rivers and Mountains
Francisco González Medrano
The Sierra Madre Oriental:  A Corridor of Natural Wonders
Gerardo Sánchez Ramos, Pedro Reyes Castillo
Laguna Madre:  Where the Sea and Land Blend Together
Carlos Zamora Tovar
The Tamaulipan Desert:  Arid Riches
José Guadalupe Martínez-Ávalos, Humberto Suzán Azpiri, Guadalupe Malda Barrera
The Huasteca Region:  A Threatened Paradise
Rodolfo Dirzo, Gerado Sánchez Ramos
Sky Islands:  Archipelago of Biodiversity
Exequiel Ezcurra, Eduardo Peters
Lagoons, Fishes, and Cenotes:  Three Stories about Wetlands
Arturo Mora Olivo, Salvador Contreras Balderas, María De Lourdes Lozano Vilano, María Elena García Ramírez, Gabriela Hernández Majía, Francisco González Medrano
El Cielo
Exequiel Ezcurra
Great Concentrations of Wildlife
Eugenia Pallares, Héctor Zamora Treviño, Elvia De La Cruz Robles, Fabiola Yépes Rincón, Héctor Garza Torres, Rafael Rodríguez Mesa, Miguel Cruz, Ignacio González, Griselda Gaona García, Manuel LaraVillalón, Patricia Luévano, Rodrigo A. Medellín, Osiris Gaona
Diversity in Flight:  The Birds of Northeastern Mexico
Ernesto Enkerlin
Wildlife:  A Valuable, Irreplaceable Resource
Carlos Manterola, Enrique Cisneros, Alfredo Pérez Salinas
Protected Areas:  Hope for Conservation
CésarCantú Ayala, Martín González Lazcari, Ernesto Enkerlin
A Borderless Ecosystem:  Protected Areas in South Texas
Andrew Sansom
The Gulf of Mexico:  Challenges of the Ocean
Sylvia Earle
The Tamaulipan Natural Province: A Conservation Strategy
Russell A. Mittermeier
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