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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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Suggested Reading

Here are a few books that will help you learn more about the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. There are many more good books, so take time to learn.

General Reference:

Bates, John. Trailside Botany. Duluth, MN: Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers, 1995.

Bray, E. C. Billions of Years in Minnesota. The Geologic Story of the State. St. Paul, MN: Science Museum of Minnesota, 1977.

Buck, Anita Albrecht. Steamboats on the St. Croix. Afton, MN: Northstar Press, 1990.

Connor, Lafayette. Cecilia: The Trails of an Amazing Ojibwe Woman 1834-1892. Burnett County Historical Society, 2006

Curtis, J.T. The Vegetation of Wisconsin. An Ordination of Plan Communities. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1971.

Dunn, James Taylor. The St. Croix: Midwest Border River. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1979.

Grooms, Steve. Return of the Wolf. Minocqua, WI: Northword PressInc, 1993.

Jackson, Hartley H.T. Mammals of Wisconsin. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1961.

McMahon, Eileen M. and Theodore J. Karamanski. North Woods River The St. Croix River in Upper Midwest History, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.

Oldfield, Barney and John J. Moriarty. Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota.Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.

Palmer, Tim. Wild & Scenic Rivers of America. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1993.

Waters, T.F. The Streams and Rivers of Minnesota.Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1977.

Weber, Larry. Butterflies of the Northwoods. Duluth, MN: Kollath-Stensaas, 2001.

Wovcha, Daniel, Barbara C. Delaney and Gerda E. Nordquist. Minnesota's St. Croix Valley and Anoka Sandplain. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 1995.

Recreation:

Grant, Gordon. Canoeing: A Trailside Guide. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co, 1997.

Schatz, Curt and Dan Seemon.Minimum Impact Camping, A Basic Guide. Cambridge, MN:Adventure Publications, 1994.

Svob, Mike. Paddling Northern Wisconsin. Black Earth, WI: Trails Books, 1998.

 

For Children:

Amphibians in Danger: a Worldwide Warning, Ron Fridell, 1999. Golier Publishing. ISBN 0-531-11373-5. Summary: Describes the alarming worldwide disappearance of amphibians and its possible link to such conditions as erosion of the ozone layer, global warming and environmental pollution. Includes a chapter on the deformed frog phenomenon.

Andrew: Youngest Lumberjack, Duane R. Lund. Adventure Publications. ISBN: 0-934860-62-9. Summary: Experience the excitement of a turn-of-the-century logging camp in northern Minnesota through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy.

Beavers For Kids. Patricia Corrigan, 1996. NorthWord Press, Minocqua, WI 54548. ISBN 1-55971-576-6. Summary: Eleven-year-old Antonio tells about discovering a family of beavers while on a nature hike and discusses their characteristics and activities.

Do Not Disturb: the Mysteries of Animal Hibernation and Sleep, Margery Facklam, 1989. Little, Brown and Company, Boston & New York. ISBN 0-316-27379-1. Summary: Follow the movements of animals such as bears, snakes and hummingbirds, as they prepare for dormant periods.

Dragonflies, Molly McLaughlin, 1989. Walker and Company. ISBN 0802768466. Summary: Account of dragonfly life history, adaptations and diversity in photographs.

Eagles For Kids, Charlene Gieck, 1991. NorthWord Press, Inc. Minocqua, WI 54548. ISBN 1-55971-133-7. Summary: A detailed look at bald eagles in photographs.

The Fascinating World of Wolves, Maria Angels Julivert, 1996. Barron's Educational Series, Hauppauge, NY 11788. ISBN 0-8120-9536-7. Summary: Describes the habits and habitats of wolves.

Footprints in the Snow, Cynthia Benjamin, 1994. Scholastic Inc., New York, NY 10012. ISBN 0-590-46663-1. Summary: Pictures and simple text depict forest animals' tracks in the snow as they rush to their homes during a winter storm.

In The Forest, Ann Cooper, 1996. Denver Museum Natural History Press, Denver, CO 80205. ISBN 0-916278-71-9. Summary: From tree-climbing mice to beetle-catching bears, the forest is full of animal surprises.

Native American People: The Ojibwe, Susan Stan, 1989. Rourke Book Company. ISBN 0866253815. Summary: Overview of Ojibwe culture including history, language, art, crafts, and more.

North Country Night, Daniel San Souci, 1990. Doubleday Books for Young Readers, New York, NY 10036. ISBN 0-440-41029-0. Summary: As the lights go out in a log cabin in the woods, the people go off to sleep. But outside, in the gently falling snow, the forest comes alive with creatures of the night.

Oak Tree (Web of Life), Paul Fleisher, 1998. Benchmark Books. ISBN 0761404341. Summary: The web of life concept using an oak tree example.

On the River ABC, Caroline Stutson, 1993. Roberts Rinehart Publishers, Niwot, CO, 80544. ISBN 1-879373-46-7. Summary: An ant encounters an alphabet of wildlife as it is swept down a river during a summer storm.

Soaring With the Wind: The Bald Eagle, Gail Gibbons, 1998. William Morrow and Company. ISBN 068813730X. Summary: Details of how eagles soar, hunt, mate, and raise eaglets are simply explained as is the eagle's remarkable recovery from near extinction.

The Sacred Harvest, Gordon Regguinti, 1992. First Avenue Editions, Minneapolis, MN 55401. ISBN 0-8225-2650-6. Summary: Glen Jackson, Jr., an eleven-year-old Ojibway Indian in northern Minnesota, goes with his father to harvest wild rice, the sacred food of his people.

Water Insects, Sylvia A. Johnson, 1990. Lerner Publications Company. ISBN 0822514893. Summary: A detailed look at the diversity and adaptations of aquatic insects with photographs.

We Are Wolves, Melinda Julietta, 1999. NorthWord Press, Minnetonka, MN 55343. ISBN 1-55971-713-0. Summary: Two wolf cubs run with their uncle and make exciting discoveries about what it means to be a wolf.

Did You Know?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.