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Common Dragonflies of California,

A Beginner's Pocket Guide"

by Kathy Biggs ISBN 0-9677934-0-8

Rich Stallcup - Author of "Pelagic Birds of Monterey Bay", Focus Column in "The Observer" and Wild Tendencies, the Point Reyes Bird Observatory Website; one of the best known birders in CA

"Common Dragonflies of California" .... fills the niche in California Wildlife field-guides that was begging to be occupied! The color balance is dead-on reality. With [its] petite dimensions and lightweight, it should ride in the pocket or backpack of every naturalist, hiker and biker in the state from May through September."

Ty Brown - Salazar Library, Sonoma State University

".... beautifully laid out, concise, informative, and the photographs are wonderful. It's altogether a little jewel, and lends veracity to the old saying, 'good things come in small packages'."

Gary Santolo - Environmental Scientist

"Common Dragonflies of California is a welcome and much-needed reference. The photos and descriptions are great and the website adds to the usefulness and is sure to increase our knowledge of the statewide distribution of species. I have been saying for years that this field guide was needed."

Mark O'Brien - Williamsonia, Michigan Odonata Survey, Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer, 2000

".... a nice little pocket-sized guide,.... the photographs are clear.....I certainly recommend this publication to anyone interested in Odonata, and at $10.00, it's a bargain."

Omar Bocanegra - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

"[A] wonderful guide that I'm sure will be of use to both naturalists and scientists. This guide is inexpensive and the perfect size to carry in your pocket."

John Smail - UC Office of the President

"The text is concise and very much to the point, the photographs and diagrams are excellent, and ... a wonderful job on the layout. I can't think of a more attractive field guide!"

Jeffrey A. Caldwell - California Garden Habitat Network

"A delightfully complete compact distillation of California dragonfly data!"

Bob Lorenzen - Publisher, Bored Feet Press; author of the "Hiker's Hip Pocket Guide" series

"...clear, concise identification information and stunning clear color photos.... - a compact, affordable, accurate and fascinating 'must-have' for western nature lovers."

Steven A. Valley - Oregon Entomologist; The Oregon Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey

"A very well put together field guide with many excellent photos."

Tom Ogren - author of "Allergy-Free Gardening"

"Common Dragonflies of California is an uncommon book. Full of sound advice and chock full of excellent color photos, this book will be of great interest to any California nature lover. I am the kind of person who loves to know the name of every tree, shrub, flower, reptile, bird and fish that I see. Now that I have this little jewel, I'm going to learn how to identify the dragonflies too. The more we learn about nature, the more enjoyment we get from it. I highly recommend this fine book! I expect it would make a great present too, for the right person."

Nick Donnelly - Argia - The News Journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, Vol. 13, 10 October 2001 Number 3

"...very attractive...genuinely pocket-sized guide....The selection [of species] is a very good one, and beginners will have little difficulty identifying almost everything they encounter."

Victoria Smith - an ordinary customer who sums it up nicely

"It's about time somebody put together a dragonfly guide. I'm looking forward to putting the names with the faces."

Kathy Hannan - another ordinary customer summing it up nicely

"Thank you for this delightful volume that makes these beautiful insects even more interesting!"

Reviews of


A Beginner's Pocket Guide"

by Kathy Biggs ISBN 0-9677934-1-6



Bruce Deuel, CA Fish & Game, an avid Birder, Shasta Audubon Society

I heartily recommend this little volume for anyone wanting to identify dragons and damsels, . whether just occasionally while engaged in other outdoor pursuits, or as a serious hobby.

Redding Record Searchlight, May 2004


Frank Dodge, Wild Bird Center, Colorado Springs, CO

I never had any idea there were so many different types of dragonflies! . a wonderful book! .We will be featuring it as a stocking stuffer too!


Hank Brodkin - SEABA newsletter editor (South East Arizona Butterfly Association)

For the price of $10.95 this is indeed a "must have" for anyone who wants to start studying these beautiful insects.

SEABA, Spring 2004


Rich Bailowitz, Arizona entomologist and author of Butterflies of the Southwest.

Kathy Biggs has done it again. She has managed to pack an enormous amount of dragonfly information into an extremely compact format. ... [CDSW] covers an area which is heretofore comparative virgin territory. Up-to-date state publications in book format do not exist for 5 of the 6 states included in this book, the lone exception being California. While claiming to be just a beginner's guide, it is well suited to the serious amateur as well.....A truly great project!...This book is a must for any Southwest naturalist.

Argia, The Journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, Summer 2004


Lynn Monroe, author Butterflies of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Environs

The pictures are superb--large and of excellent quality.
And I just can't believe how much information [is included] in a true field guide small enough to be carried everywhere!
There are appendage [drawings] that are large enough to really make out.
The list of which dragons and damsels live in which states is invaluable.
It includes a glossary and references and websites. . . . I'm glad I've got two books, so I can always have one in the car.


Kate Garmise, Ajo Copper News, AZ, April 2004

CDSW's Color photographs along with index, maps, bibliography, glossary, checklist, frequently asked questions, description of life cycle, and list of related websites bring everything anyone has ever wanted to know about dragonflies and damselflies all in one easy-to-use location.


Curt Williams, TX entomologist

CDSW is truly a wonderful book, very good photos, reproduced in fine detail and color ...[with] one species to each page, I like that.


M.B. Kiauta, ODONATOLOGICA, Odonatologica Editorial Office, The Netherlands

It is a splendid work!!


Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Outdoor Magazine of Texas, May 2004, Supreme Flyers, resource sidebar, pg. 38, Robert A. Behrstock


Rosemarie Stortz, retired Midland High School librarian "...[of the] books available. "The Common Dragonflies of the Southwest" by Kathy Biggs is the best field guide to carry. Sibley Nature Center, TX