Last weekend, we birded some beautiful places in Placer County. A couple of the people we were with had this awesome new field guide for the Sierra Nevada -- The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. Talk about comprehensive -- it covers fungi, lichen, trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, wildflowers, spiders, insects (and other small animals), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, animal sign (tracks and scat), the weather, and the stars. I hotfooted it to the book store to order a copy. I picked it up yesterday. Can't wait to return to the Sierra!