ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A. Starker Leopold is the son of the famous Wisconsin naturalist Aldo Leopold, and like his father he has devoted his life to natural history. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he continued his studies at the Yale Forestry School and the University of California. He is at present Professor of Zoology and Associate Director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is also Assistant Chancellor of the university. Despite his academic responsibilities, Dr. Leopold has managed to spend extended periods in the wild. He is a lifelong devotee of hunting and camping and has been on many zoological field trips in the United States, Alaska and Mexico. In 1961 he went to Laysan Island to study bird life--specifically the Laysan duck, an almost extinct species found only on this atoll. He has a particular fondness for deserts and a wide knowledge of the plant and animal relationships that make desert ecology such a fascinating study. In addition to various scientific papers, he is the author of two books, Wildlife of Mexico and Wildlife in Alaska.
ON THE COVER: A spring carpet of white desert evening primrose covers the sand of the Borrego Desert in Southern California. These delicate flowers have a brief life of astonishing abundance for a few weeks, filling the air with fragrance for mile after mile before they fade.
The Desert © 1961 by Time Inc. All rights reserved.
Published simultaneously in Canada.
Library of Congress catalog card number 61- 18379.