Overview of Shrub-Steppe
- What’s in a Name: Why Our Region Has So Many Names for the Plant Communities by Susan Ballinger.
- Washington Wildlife by Woodland Park Zoo, Steppe habitats (pg.1-10) and Use this as general background reading, providing a big picture overview for the course. Hardcopy in the Class Loaner Box
- Eastside WA Plant Communities classification by Susan Ballinger. Six different field guide authors describe Eastern Washington’s plant communities from a variety of perspectives using slightly different vocabulary, which are summarized in this single-page table.
- Common Shrub-steppe Species 1-page Background Information Cards for 30 different plants and animals. Pacific NW National Laboratory
- What About Shrub-steppe? Resource Card Background Information, Pacific NW National Laboratory.
- The Sagebush Sea PBS film, a 3-year collaboration project with Cornell Lab. View the entire film
- Observing the Methow’s Shrub-steppe, by Dana Visilli. A 2-page summary table of key components of shrub-steppe habitats, with interesting examples.
- Shrub-Steppe Plant Adaptations – newspaper article by Susan Ballinger.
Common shrub-steppe shrubs. Photo field guide with key identification characteristics
Plants of the shrub-steppe – An introduction to plant ecology of the Washington’s shrub-steppe
- Why Care About America’s Sagebrush? A Fact sheet published by the USFWS.
- Taking the Pulse of our National Parks: Sagebrush Steppe Vital Signs. National Park Service. 00:08:41.
- Shrub-Steppe: Washington’s Disappearing Sea by Joe Rocchio. This is a well-written blog overview of the shrub-steppe ecosystem, with some good photographs. Visit his photo galleries documenting Washington’s biodiversity at