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May 11, 2005

Newest UI Press Bur Oak Guide Showcases 100 Wetland Plants And Animals

Just in time for May's American Wetlands Month, the UI Press has published "Wetlands in Your Pocket: A Guide to Common Plants and Animals of Midwestern Wetlands" as its latest Burr Oak guide.

Inaugurated in May 1991 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Wetlands Month aims to educate Americans about the value of wetlands as a natural resource. With May as Wetlands Month, the new guide celebrates the plants and animals that call the Midwest's wetlands home.

"Wetlands in Your Pocket" was written by Mark Müller, who has sketched and photographed the world from Alaska to Antarctica. He is coauthor of "An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants" and author of "Prairie in Your Pocket: A Guide to Plants of the Tallgrass Prairie" and "Woodland in Your Pocket: A Guide to Common Woodland Plants of the Midwest." He is currently a freelance illustrator living on a farmstead near Iowa City.

"Wetlands in Your Pocket" (ISBN 0-87745-935-5, $9.95) is available with the UI Press's other Burr Oak Guides at bookstores or directly from the University of Iowa Press by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at

In this laminated pocket guide -- the perfect waterproof companion to exploring marshes and prairie potholes -- Müller illustrates a hundred of the most common plants and animals to be found in wetlands six inches to six feet deep. From blue flag, rose mallow and horsetail to otter and bog lemming, from the yellow-headed blackbird to the swamp sparrow, leopard frog to tiger salamander, painted turtle to western ribbon snake, and green darner to whirligig beetle, Wetlands in Your Pocket is the ideal guide to identifying and enjoying the plants and animals that inhabit the priceless world of wetlands.

For more information about American Wetlands Month visit

EDITORS NOTE: To request additional information about Bur Oak Guides, images, or review copies or to schedule an interview with Mark Müller, contact Deidre Woods by phone at 319-335-2008 or e-mail

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Deidre Woods, 319-335-2008,