Natural History of a City Creek Canyon Year

April 3, 2018

Corrections to “Natural History . . . City Creek”

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Corrections and updates to the February 2018 release have been uploaded to the Kindle and Kobo digital platforms. The current version is dated April 3, 2018. For prior purchasers, those changes should automatically update to your local digital readers, when you log back into your respective accounts. Happy reading. – Kurt


February 13, 2018

“Natural History of City Creek Year” has been published

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“A Natural History of a City Creek Canyon Year” has been self-published as an ebook. More details about the book can be found on the Discussion and Contact page.

  • Amazon Kindle ebook edition. Price: 2.99 USD. Amazon Standard Identification Number B079RY7CTD. Kindle edition is part of the Kindle Lending Program™. You can purchase the ebook and then lend it others who also have an Amazon account. Amazon does not have a program to affiliate an account and share sales revenues with your local bookseller.
  • Kobo ebook edition. Price: 2.99 USD. ISBN-13: 978-0-692-07443-5. A 5.00 USD credit is available for new Kobo users toward their first book purchase. (Feb. 2018). Kobo also has a 10 USD credit program where if you refer a friend and they purchase a Kobo book, you receive an account credit. (Feb. 2018).

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  • This book has four themes. First, it is a snapshot in time of changes in an undeveloped canyon close to an urban center each day over the course of year, written in a journal format. Second, as common temperate zone natural events are seen, like the annual growth of leaves and their falling in autumn, recent scientific literature about that event is reviewed. Third, the history of the development of the adjacent city and the natural area is reviewed from an ecological perspective. Fourth, the limitations of the scientific method in guiding social and personal decision making are examined. That discussion emphasizes how citizens should use critical thinking skills to approach interpreting the many scientific study results in our daily news.

    Finally, the book is a reference compendium about the history, geology and natural science of City Creek Canyon and northern Utah. Over 400 journal articles, books, reports, guides, and maps are cited. About 800 newspaper articles that refer or reference City Creek Canyon and its relationship to Salt Lake City, Utah going back to 1855 are cited.

January 11, 2018

Seventh Status Report on E-Pub Version

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New materials have been added on air pollution in the Salt Lake Valley and City Creek Canyon and on the probability of a major earthquake in the next 100 years. Proofing of the beta reading continues with version 2.0. A final publishable version is anticipated before January 31st, 2018.

December 28, 2017

Sixth Status Report on E-Pub Version

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Proofing of the beta reading is completed with version 1.9. I will be giving the final publishable version one last read through between now and January 10th, 2018. Then the book will be published. Happy Holidays.

December 20, 2017

Fifth Status Report on E-Pub Version

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Beta reading version 1.9 is completed. Proofing to a near zero-error version has proven more difficult than anticipated. Final proofing continues with the objective of self-publishing by December 31st, 2017 through Koho and Amazon Kindle Direct. – Kurt

December 1, 2017

Pre-Release Chapters Added

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Sample chapters have been added to the Discussion, Review and Contact page.

November 29, 2017

Call for Reviews

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If anyone who received a beta reading copy would be interested in writing a review of the book for use in marketing, please let me know by comment. – Kurt

November 28, 2017

Fourth Status Report on E-Book version

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Obtaining copyright releases is almost complete. Beta reading continues. The University of California Museum of Paleontology and Berkeley Museum of Natural History has given permission to use the cover art photograph, then graduate student Michael Thomson photograph of a Quercus gambelii leaf.

Quercus gambelii Leaf

November 14, 2017

Third Status Report on the E-book version

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November 14th, 2017: The beta reading version of the completed text is done, and the reviewing process continues. A target completion date is the last day of 2017. Here are some text snippets not included in the web or alpha reading version:

From April 8th: Another competition emphasizing view was presented by Miller at Cornell University and colleagues at the University of Idaho and the University of British Columbia (Miller et al 2017). They used data collected by 14,000 amateur bird-feeder watchers in North America to build transition probabilities for dominance between about 130 North American bird species including Mountain chickadees, Black-capped chickadees, Downy woodpeckers, Wild turkeys and magpies. They found that the primary organization structure of birds was vertical and linear based on size: Wild turkeys excluded magpies from feeders and magpies excluded chickadees. Similarly, other birds of the same size had “corporate” organizations with a transitive style of dominance, i.e. – hypothetically, Stellar’s jays might dominate Downy woodpeckers at feeders who dominate European starlings who dominate Stellar’s jays. Still other birds might organize themselves in a despotic pattern, i.e. – hypothetically Peregrine falcons dominate all other birds.

Supplement: October 29th, 2017 4:30 p.m. As I am entering the parking lot a group of 8 Black-billed magpies are attacking two Stellar’s jays. The battle is swift and the more aggressive magpies force the smaller jays from the trees. As I walk to the car, there is a rain of gray, white, blue and black fragments of feathers.

Supplement: November 8th, 2017, 3:00 p.m. As I am traveling to the canyon, I drive past a flock of 10 American crows that are intermixed with 4 Black-billed magpies. The crows and magpies peacefully coexist. Although the crows are larger, the magpies are a particularly aggressive species and they can hold their own. In contrast, the magpies attack the smaller Stellar’s jays and force the jays from overlapping territories (e.g. – October 29th). The magpies have a “corporate” equal relationship with the crows, but a doministic relationship with the jays (April 8th discussing Miller et al 2017).

November 5, 2017

Second status report on e-book version

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This site was formerly occupied by a year long journal of nature observations concerning City Creek Canyon outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The site was downed on November 5, 2017. The journal entries have been collected into an alpha reading version in EPUB format. A completed book is anticipated in three month.

On November 5, 2017, notice of the draft EPUD version was sent to followers who requested copies. I am continuing editing and indexing of an e-book version. Two versions were distributed: an EPUB 2.0 version and a Kindle port. In book printed form, the journal would be between 300 and 350 pages. Proofing continues. There are another 40 years of newspaper articles to review and add. I have decided not add the last two months of Thoreau daily digests. I will provide future updates as work progresses. I anticipate that it will take another three months before I am finished. Today’s featured images are a sample of the line art to be included in the e-book version.

– Kurt Fisher

Four Common Winter Birds
Common small winter birds: Upper Left – Mountain chickadee (Poecile gambeli) (Eye band). Upper right – Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) (No eye band). Dark eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)(Black-hooded variant). Dark eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) (Gray-slate variant).

Utah Sweet Milkvetch
Utah sweet milkvetch (Hedysarum boreale)

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