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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Moon Handbook Baja

Moon Handbook Baja

by Nikki Goth Itoi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 485 PAGES

Packed with maps, charts and photographs, this handy guide combines practical advice with chapters on natural history. (BJA09, $19.99)

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

by John Steinbeck

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The classic account of a collecting trip to the Sea of Cortez with marine biologist Ed Ricketts, first published in 1941. Subtitled "A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research," this much-loved book captures the wonders of the Gulf of California and the joys of discovery. (BJA02, $16.00)

Oasis of Stone

Oasis of Stone

by Bruce Berger | Miguel Angel de la Cueva

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

The geology, plants, wildlife and human history of Baja in 180 gorgeous color photographs and marvelously informative essays. (BJA60, $49.95)

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja

by Tamara Eder

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Photographs, maps, identification and natural history are all covered in this handy guide featuring color illustrations by Ian Sheldon. (BJA52, $12.95)

Baja California Map

Baja California Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

Including the Sea of Cortez and adjoining Sonora coast at a scale of 1:650,000, this handy map is also printed on waterproof paper. (BJA13, $10.95)

 
Baja Califonia Adventure Map, Two-pack, North and South

Baja Califonia Adventure Map, Two-pack, North and South


by National Geographic Society

  • 2009
  • MAP

Together these two National Geographic Adventure Maps cover all of Baja California and surrounding islands at a scale of 1:450,000. We also carry the North (Item BJA65) and South (Item BJA66) Adventure Maps separately. (BJA67, $19.95)

Baja California North Adventure Map

Baja California North Adventure Map


by

  • 2009
  • MAP

Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper, this detailed, informative map by National Geographic covers all of Baja California Norte and surrounding islands at a scale of 1:450,000. (BJA65, $11.95)

Baja California South Adventure Map

Baja California South Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2009
  • MAP

Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper, this detailed map covers Baja from Santa Rosalia south. (BJA66, $11.95)

Western Mexico Cruise Tour Guide, Baja and the Mexican Riviera

Western Mexico Cruise Tour Guide, Baja and the Mexican Riviera


by Coastal Cruise USA

  • MAP

This six-foot-long map and guide folds into a handy booklet, showing points of interest from Los Angeles to Acapulco. (BJA04, $15.95)

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide


by John Shaw

  • REFERENCE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

An updated edition of Shaw's guide to taking better photographs of plants, animals and landscapes. The book offers solid advice on equipment and basic techniques, and is highly recommended as the best reference for the wildlife photographer. (PHT01, $24.99)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

A Traveller's History of Mexico

A Traveller's History of Mexico


by Kenneth Pearce

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed Mexican history book marches confidently through the 1990s with useful chronology and historical gazetteer. (MEX172, $14.95)

The Camino Real and the Missions of Baja Califonia

The Camino Real and the Missions of Baja Califonia


by Miguel Leon-Portilla

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 32 PAGES

The accordion-style pages of this innovative book foldout to reveal an exquisitely detailed six foot long satellite map of the Peninsula. With photos and detailed information about the missions, brief biographies of key figures and essays on biodiversity, geology, history and missions of Baja California. Spanish and English. (BJA68, $40.00)

Almost an Island, Travels in Baja California

Almost an Island, Travels in Baja California


by Bruce Berger

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A poet and aficionado with an irrepressible sense of humor, Berger combines anecdote, history and research to bring the deserts, towns and eccentric personalities of Baja to life. (BJA15, $17.95)

Discovering the Desert, Legacy of the Carnegie Desert Botanical Laboratory


by William McGinnies

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

A history of Sonoran desert research, this book is an engaging survey of the geography, ecology and climate of desert life in the American Southwest. (USW103, $21.95)

Miraculous Air

Miraculous Air


by C. M. Mayo

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Like Steinbeck (from whom she quotes in the title "the very air here is miraculous"), Mayo is enchanted with the land and people of Baja. She writes of a 1,000-mile journey from Cabo to Tijuana with insight, warmth and style. (BJA34, $15.00)

Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire


by Edward Abbey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

One of the great works on the value of the desert, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny. Although Abbey writes specifically about his experiences as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, his message is universal. (DES02, $16.00)

Eye of the Whale, Epic Passage From Baja to Siberia

Eye of the Whale, Epic Passage From Baja to Siberia


by Dick Russell

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

Epic in scope, this absorbing, first-person account follows the migration of the gray whale from the lagoons along the Pacific coast of Baja to the summer feeding grounds in Alaska. (BJA32, $37.50)

Gray Whales, Wandering Giants

Gray Whales, Wandering Giants


by Robert H. Busch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

In this complete natural history of the gray whale, Busch chronicles not just ecology and evolution but also conservation, mythology and lore. With 80 excellent color photographs. (BJA14, $19.95)

Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific

Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific


by Sea Grant Alaska | Pieter Folkens

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PLASTIC CARD

This multi-panel waterproof card illustrates the region's 50 species of whales, dolphins, sea otters and seals. Includes full-color panels with typical behaviors, whalewatching guidelines and identification tips. (ALA143, $10.00)

Ocean Oasis

Ocean Oasis


by Soames Summerhays

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • DVD

Produced by Lindblad naturalist Summerhays in conjunction with the San Diego Natural History Museum, this IMAX film features eye-popping footage of both the desert landscapes and underwater scenes of the invertebrates, fish and especially the whales of Baja California. (BJA53, $14.99)

Sightings, The Gray Whales' Journey

Sightings, The Gray Whales' Journey


by Brenda Peterson | Linda Hogan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Peterson provides an overview of the natural history of the celebrated gray whale, while Hogan, a poet, tackles more philosophical issues in this intriguing series of meditative essays published by National Geographic. (BST74, $14.00)

The Desert Year

The Desert Year


by Joseph Wood Krutch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Joseph Wood Krutch celebrates the austere beauty, rugged plants and many animals of American Southwest in this classic account of his first year in Arizona, winner of the 1954 John Burroughs Medal for a Distinguished Book of Natural History -- and as enchanting today. With 33 original illustrations by Rudolf Freund. (USW652, $19.95)

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California


by Joseph Wood Krutch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

A classic, leisurely account of the plants, landscapes and history of Lower California. (BJA01, $19.95)

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians


by Robert Stebbins

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES

The definitive field guide, with a special section on Baja's endemic species. (FG08, $22.00)

Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California

Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California


by Ron McPeak

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 99 PAGES

A field guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Baja California, featuring color photographs. (BJA27, $20.95)

Baja California Plant Field Guide

Baja California Plant Field Guide


by Norman C. Roberts | Jon Rebman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

We can't imagine a walk through the deserts and islands of Baja California without this book in hand. With hundreds of color photographs illustrating 715 plants of the region, this superb field guide also includes short introductory chapters on vegetation, geology and climate. This expanded third edition was revised by Jon Rebman, botanist at the San Diego Natural History Museum. (BJA05, $34.95)

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated field guide illustrating the whales, dolphins and other marine mammals of the Sea of Cortez and Pacific coast of Baja. (BJA62, $5.95)

Between Pacific Tides

Between Pacific Tides


by Edward F. Ricketts | Jack Calvin | Joel W. Hedgpeth | David W. Phillips | John Steinbeck

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 652 PAGES

A handbook to the rocky shores and tide pools of the Pacific Coast of the United States. Each intertidal zone is discussed in depth, augmented by black-and-white photographs and diagrams. (FG34, $33.95)

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast


by Sarah G. Allen | Joe Mortenson | Sophie Webb

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

Sophie Webb, director of Oikinos, contributes the exquisite paintings for this outstanding field guide, the 100th in the California Natural History Guides series, perfect for the Sea of Cortez. (PNW279, $28.95)

Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador

Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador


by Ernest Preston Edwards

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

This classic guide illustrates all the regularly occurring birds of Mexico and neighboring areas, including details of distribution, abundance, habitat and identification features for 850 species. (MEX47, $24.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, full-color waterproof card. (BJA31, $7.50)

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PLASTIC CARD

This beautifully illustrated, double-sided laminated card depicts 60 commonly encountered birds of coastal Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. We also carry the Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide plastic card. (Item BJA62) (MEX174, $6.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

Sea of Cortez Marine Animals

Sea of Cortez Marine Animals


by Daniel W. Gotshall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A handy photographic guide to common fishes and marine invertebrates from Baja to Panama. (BJA06, $24.95)

Sonoran Desert Life

Sonoran Desert Life


by Gerald A. Rosenthal

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

This compact, informative guide illustrates the flora and fauna of the Sonora. (USW574, $27.95)

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez


by Stewart Aitchison

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 120 PAGES

A biologist, geologist and naturalist on expedition cruises in the region, Stewart Aitchison brings experience -- and a large photo library -- to this well illustrated natural history. (BJA69, $15.95)

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises


by Mark Carwardine

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species. (FG02, $22.00)

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