Western North American Naturalist

The Western North American Naturalist (formerly Great Basin Naturalist) has published peer-reviewed experimental and descriptive research pertaining to the biological natural history of western North America for more than 70 years.

The journal features articles, notes, and book reviews covering diverse plant and animal taxa through disciplines such as behavior, ecology, systematics, anatomy, and physiology. The geographic scope covers northernmost Canada and Alaska to southern Mexico, and from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. To learn more...



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Vol 76, No 2 (2016)

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Table of Contents


Twelve years of high-resolution near-surface radiometer data provides insight into end-of-season controls in a dry grassland PDF
Lynn M. Moore, William K. Lauenroth 143–162
American pikas (Ochotona princeps) extirpated from the historic Masonic Mining District of eastern California PDF
Lyle B. Nichols, Kelly B. Klingler, Mary M. Peacock 163–171
Caught between a rock and a hard mineral encrustation: long-lived aquatic insects accumulate calcium carbonate deposits in a montane desert stream PDF
Eric K. Moody, Jessica R. Corman, Michael T. Bogan 172–179
Response in Abert's squirrel abundance to forest treatments on Camp Navajo, Arizona PDF
R. Nathan Gwinn, Jessica A. Gist, Joel M. Diamond, Hannah Telle 180–185
Species richness, diversity, and ecology of Chironomidae (Diptera) in Fountain Creek: a Colorado Front Range sandy-bottom watershed PDF
Scott J. Herrmann, James E. Sublette, Lisa K. Helland, Del Wayne R. Nimmo, James S. Carsella, Lynn M. Herrmann-Hoesing, Brian D. Vanden Heuvel 186–252


Seed selection by desert rodents: implications for enhancing seedling establishment of Indian ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides) PDF
William S. Longland, Lindsay A. Dimitri 253–258
Noninvasive identification of individual American badgers by features of their dorsal head stripes PDF
Robert L. Harrison 259–261

Book Reviews

Better Birding Tips, Tools and Concepts for the Field by George L. Armistead and Brian L. Sullivan PDF
Howard O. Clark, Jr. 262
A Guide to North America's Bees: The Bees in Your Backyard by Joseph S. Wilson and Olivia Messinger Carril PDF
Howard O. Clark, Jr. 263–264


Erratum: "Acoustic detection reveals fine-scale distributions of Myotis lucifugus, Myotis septentrionalis, and Perimyotis subflavus in eastern Nebraska" (2016) PDF

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