A Naturalist along the Jersey Shore

A Naturalist along the Jersey Shore

by Joanna Burger
     
 

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Come for a journey along the Jersey shore with naturalist and ecologist Joanna Burger! In these deeply felt, closely observed personal essays, Burger invokes the intertwined lives of naturalist and wild creatures at the ever-changing edge of ocean and land. Discover with her the delicate mating dances of fiddler crabs, the dangers to piping plovers, the swarming of

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Come for a journey along the Jersey shore with naturalist and ecologist Joanna Burger! In these deeply felt, closely observed personal essays, Burger invokes the intertwined lives of naturalist and wild creatures at the ever-changing edge of ocean and land. Discover with her the delicate mating dances of fiddler crabs, the dangers to piping plovers, the swarming of fish communities into the bays and estuaries, the trilling notes of Fowler's toads, and the subtle green-grays of salt marshes.

Joanna Burger knows the shore through all its seasons—the first moment of spring when the herring gulls arrive on ice-gouged salt marshes, the end of spring when the great flocks of shorebirds come to feed on horseshoe crab eggs at Cape May, the summer when the peregrine hunts its prey, the fall when the migrations of hawks and monarch butterflies attract watchers from around the world, and the depths of winter when a lone snowy owl sweeps across snow-covered dunes and frozen bay. 

This is a book that anyone who loves the Jersey shore will cherish! And because so many of these wonderful creatures live all along the Atlantic coast, it will be of equal interest to beach-lovers, naturalists, bird-watchers, fishermen, and coastal and marine scientists from North Carolina to Maine.   

 

Editorial Reviews

George Plimpton
An indispensable book for anyone who sets foot in New Jersey and is interested in its flora and fauna. A wonderful addition to anyone's library—even a New Yorkers'!
Director of Conservation, New Jersey Audubon Society - Richard Kane
A tour de force. . . . All 'coasties' (not only New Jerseyans) will like this book; conservationists, naturalists, photographers, fishermen, birders, scientists, beach addicts; in short, lovers of the shore.
author of The Wind Masters - Pete Dunne
Having A Naturalist Along the Jersey Shore is as good as having Joanna Burger at your side—and that's as good as good gets.
Library Journal
In A Naturalist Along the Jersey Shore, Burger, a professor of biological sciences and a long-time shore dweller, offers a collection of essays depicting the plant and animal life of the Jersey Shore. Although Burger writes about a specific area, the organisms and habitats she describes are common in coastal areas ranging from the Carolinas up through Maine. The essays are both informative and descriptive, painting a vivid picture of the natural habitat while educating readers about the coastal ecosystem. Burger nicely captures the spirit of the shore in her essays. Burger collaborated on the research for The Hudson River, which addresses the diversity of life along the famous New York State river. The authors, a professor and two environmental educators, have compiled a complete guide to the natural history and heritage of the Hudson. They cover plant and animal life native to the Hudson, as well as the river's history and the economic and environmental issues surrounding it. The well-organized text is enhanced with numerous black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Like A Naturalist Along the Jersey Shore, The Hudson River is thoroughly researched and well written and would be of interest to naturalists, nature lovers, scientists, and bird or animal watchers in its geographic area. Both books are recommended for libraries where interest warrants.Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813523002
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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