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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
This classic guide to the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay will appeal to a variety of readers.
A story book, a field guide and a reference work, and anyone interested in fishing, ecology, or our bay should own it.
The best-written and best-illustrated guide ever about a North American tidal estuary. It is the model for all future coastal nature guides.
Handsome, generously illustrated... All of the Bay's richness is catalogued here.
Persons with a fondness for the Chesapeake Bay should get a copy of this book.
The region's quintessential field and reference guide
|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|
|Dwellers on the Beach||25|
|Signs of Life||31|
|Birds of the Beach||34|
|Ancient Relics of the Sea||38|
|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|
|Bugs of the Pilings||88|
|Worms on the Pilings||90|
|Sea Squirts and the Like||90|
|Hydroids - Feathery Animals||97|
|Termites of the Sea||104|
|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|
|Weed Beds of the Upper Bay||178|
|Tidal Freshwater Marshes||185|
|The Maritime Forest||195|
|Insects of the Wetlands||202|
|Birds of the Wetlands||204|
|Mammals of the Marshes||211|
|The Famous Oyster||218|
|Life in, on, and among the Oysters||219|
|Crabs and Other Crustaceans||221|
|Mollusks of the Oyster Community||223|
|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|
|Species List and Distributions by Salinity Zones||263|
|Birds - Species List and Seasonal Occurrence||277|