Life in the Chesapeake Bay / Edition 3

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Life in the Chesapeake Bay is the most important book ever published on America's largest estuary. Since publication of the first edition in 1984, tens of thousands of naturalists, boaters, fishermen, and conservationists have relied on the book's descriptions of the Bay's plants, animals, and diverse habitats. Superbly illustrated and clearly written, this acclaimed guide describes hundreds of plants and animals and their habitats, from diamondback terrapins to blue crabs to hornshell snails.

Now in its third edition, the book has been updated with a new gallery of thirty-nine color photographs and dozens of new species descriptions and illustrations. The new edition retains the charm of an engaging classic while adding a decade of new research.

This classic guide to the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay will appeal to a variety of readers—year-round residents and summer vacationers, professional biologists and amateur scientists, conservationists and sportsmen.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Wildlife Activist

Persons with a fondness for the Chesapeake Bay should get a copy of this book.

Whole Earth Review

The best-written and best-illustrated guide ever about a North American tidal estuary. It is the model for all future coastal nature guides.

Chesapeake Life Magazine

The region's quintessential field and reference guide


This classic guide to the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay will appeal to a variety of readers.

Underwater Naturalist

This is a wonderful book.

Northeastern Naturalist

One of the most popular, well written, and useful guides to the Chesapeake.

Baltimore Sun

A story book, a field guide and a reference work, and anyone interested in fishing, ecology, or our bay should own it.

Washington Post Book World

Handsome, generously illustrated... All of the Bay's richness is catalogued here.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883385
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2006
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 326,603
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Jane Lippson is a biological illustrator and researcher in estuarine ecology. Robert L. Lippson, prior to his retirement, was a marine scientist with the National Marine Fisheries Service and an adjunct professor of invertebrate zoology at Michigan State University. The Lippsons live and work on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay 4
How Salty Is the Water? 5
Typical Habitats of the Bay and Its Tributaries 7
Classification of Animals and Plants 11
2 Sand Beaches 24
Dwellers on the Beach 25
Signs of Life 31
Birds of the Beach 34
Ancient Relics of the Sea 38
Shell Guide 41
3 Intertidal Flats 50
Plant Life on the Flats 52
Roamers over the Flats 53
The World beneath the Intertidal Muds 62
Waders of the Flats 79
4 Piers, Rocks, and Jetties 84
Barnacles 86
Bugs of the Pilings 88
Worms on the Pilings 90
Sea Squirts and the Like 90
Mussels 92
Sponges 93
Sea Anemones 95
Hydroids - Feathery Animals 97
Whip Coral 99
Skeleton Shrimps 100
Bryozoans 101
Termites of the Sea 104
Aerial Gleaners 105
5 Shallow Waters 114
Fishes 116
Plankton Soup 132
Insects of the Shallows 138
Crustaceans of the Shallows 140
Clams of the Shallows 146
Snails of Fresher Waters 147
Arks of the Lower Bay 148
Birds of the Shallows 148
Turtles and Snakes 154
6 Seagrass Meadows and Weed Beds 160
Underwater Plants 161
Seagrass Meadows 164
Weed Beds of the Upper Bay 178
7 Wetlands 182
Tidal Freshwater Marshes 185
Salt Marshes 190
The Maritime Forest 195
Forested Wetlands 197
Insects of the Wetlands 202
Birds of the Wetlands 204
Mammals of the Marshes 211
8 Oyster Bars 216
The Famous Oyster 218
Life in, on, and among the Oysters 219
Crabs and Other Crustaceans 221
Mollusks of the Oyster Community 223
Fishes 224
9 Deeper, Open Waters 230
Dwellers on the Bottom 232
Dwellers in the Bottom 234
Creatures of the Open Waters 237
Fishes of the Open Waters 238
Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles of the Open Waters 251
Birds of the Open Waters 253
Glossary 260
Species List and Distributions by Salinity Zones 263
Birds - Species List and Seasonal Occurrence 277
Selected References 279
Index 283
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