Winner of the Colorado Book Award in 2005 for non-fiction, Wild at Heart is one of the most exciting Colorado outdoors books available. Janis has spent over 45 years exploring the central and southern Rocky Mountains, and now shares her stories in this eminently useful and gorgeously illustrated guide to the wildflowers, mammals, birds and ecology of Colorado – a library of fascinating information in a compact book that easily fits into daypacks, backpacks or your backseat. Truly a comprehensive natural history guide, Wild at Heart encompasses Colorado’s high country above 7,500 feet. Ultimately, a great resource to spend time exploring yourself!

Originally called Snowmass ~ Village Wild at Heart as a tribute to the Town of Snowmass because they commissioned the book in 2000, Wild at Heart is now being revised to cover all Colorado High Country and will appeal to nature lovers around the Southern Rockies. This revision offers many new photos, species, scientific updates and expanded descriptions for over 450 wildflowers, 116 birds and 51 mammals, plus new intriguing tidbits, statistics, and information on the natural history, ecology, environmental status, herbal properties, and mountain life zones of these plants and animals. We hope to be on the shelves by Christmas 2022.

Janis also has a fold up, laminated, quick reference guide by color, Wildflowers of the Southern Rocky Mountains, covering northern New Mexico, Colorado, and southern Wyoming. This waterproof guide is published by Quick Reference Publishing (quickreferencepublishing.com) and contains 101 common and rare native species with pertinent details for ID and vivid photographs. Check on Amazon or Barnes and Noble’s websites or check the publisher’s website for other locations in your area. This guide is a companion to Wildflowers of the Northern Rocky Mountains by William R. Gray and together will give the reader ID for nearly 200 species to easily carry in their pack!

Check back here for more information regarding the upcoming revision of Wild at Heart. We are currently out of print, so please contact the author (Janis.huggins@comcast.net.) with any questions.