Roland “Ro” Wauer retired from the National Park Service after a 32-year career. Besides the national park units mentioned below, Ro also served as Southwest Region Chief Scientist in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and as Chief of Resource Management for the National Park Service in Washington, DC. He has authored 26 books on the national parks and their diverse wildlife.
My Wild Life, Ro’s most recent book, tells of his experiences at Crater Lake, Death Valley, Zion, Big Bend, Great Smoky Mountains, and Virgin Islands national parks, and includes many of Ro’s photographs. He describes several of his observations involving birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates. Examples include flying squirrels, great gray owls, and Clark’s nutcrackers at Crater Lake; Nelson’s bighorn sheep, prairie falcons, LeConte’s thrashers, and sidewinders at Death Valley; flammulated and spotted owls at Zion; mountain lions, javelinas, peregrine falcons, and Colima warblers at Big Bend.
Naturalist’s Big Bend was written by Ro after working as Chief Park Naturalist in that park for six years, and described many of the park’s features. Chapters include the Living Scene Today, Trees and Shrubs, Wildflowers, the Cacti, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Fish, and Insects and other Invertebrates. A total of 15 color scenics and numerous black-and-white photos are included.
Finding Butterflies in Texas includes a total of 60 of the best butterfly finding sites in Texas, divided into 10 biological regions: Trans-Pecos, Panhandle and Western Plains, Edwards Plateau, Northern Plains, Pineywoods, Central Plains, Upper Gulf Coast, Central Gulf Coast, South Texas Brushlands, and Lower Rio Grande Valley. Each of the 60 sites include all possible species to be found, and also include four dozen color photographs of butterflies and numerous black-and-white habitat photos.
The Bryan+College Station Public Library System currently carries 7 of his books.
Author’s Works (selection)
My Wild Life. (2014). Texas Tech University Press. ISBN 978-0-89672-885-1.
Finding Butterflies in Texas. (2006). Johnson Books. ISBN 1-55566-366-4.
Naturalist’s Big Bend. (1st ed. 1973, revised 2nd ed. 2002). Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 0-89006-069-0.
Guest at Meet the Author Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 AM to 12 PM
at Mounce Library, 201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803