First and foremost, this book is for my wife Tina. I could not have done it without her patience, support, and encouragement. She kept me fed and sane, and she even read early drafts of material about which she knows nothing. Now that’s support! She also contributed the Gnome picture in chapter 21 and the bird-watching information and pictures in chapter 2. And I can now recognize the call of the California quail.

Thanks to my parents for their love and support over the years. Yes, I am finally done with the second edition!

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