"Drawing from her extensive personal knowledge and affection, Suzi Golodoff offers us a delightful introduction and guide to the unique Aleutian flora. Island bound or not, natural history readers will enjoy her stories of the landscape, the flowers, and their connections to the Aleut community."
-Carolyn Parker, University of Alaska Museum Herbarium
The first wildflower guide to focus on the Aleutian Islands, Wildflowers of Unalaska Island offers detailed descriptions, color photographs, and lovely, original drawings of over 160 species of flowering plants. Ideal for everyone from casual hikers to serious botanists, the guide is botanically precise, yet keeps technical terms to a minimum for ease of use and identification in the field. It is sized and designed to slip easily into a backpack, and can be used as a quick field reference or browsed at greater leisure.
The book's introduction includes background on the unique geologic history, climate, and habitats of this verdant but windswept archipelago. The ethnobotanical information on the Aleut--or Unangan-names and uses of the plants broadens the reader's experience of the traditional Native culture of the region.
Read in the Aleutians or in an armchair on distant shores, Wildflowers of Unalaska Island vividly brings readers into the beautiful and dramatic environment in which these hardy plants thrive.
Suzi Golodoff, a long-time Unalaska resident, reflects her love for her island home in this lovely and useful guide. She has been a salmon fisherman, artist, and naturalist in the Aleutians, and enjoys spending time at the remote cabin she and her husband built on Unalaska Island.