A Naturalist's Guide to the Virginia Coast

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As Curtis Badger will tell you, "Being a good naturalist has more to do with being an enthusiastic observer than traveling to distant places. It is more a matter of curiosity than of a need for adventure, a frame of mind rather than peculiarity of place." A Naturalist’s Guide to the Virginia Coast will indeed incite an enthusiastic interest in that special place where the land meets the sea. Among Badger’s goals is to draw the observer beyond the armchair and reading lamp, the museum and classroom, and outdoors ...

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Overview

As Curtis Badger will tell you, "Being a good naturalist has more to do with being an enthusiastic observer than traveling to distant places. It is more a matter of curiosity than of a need for adventure, a frame of mind rather than peculiarity of place." A Naturalist’s Guide to the Virginia Coast will indeed incite an enthusiastic interest in that special place where the land meets the sea. Among Badger’s goals is to draw the observer beyond the armchair and reading lamp, the museum and classroom, and outdoors onto the beaches and tidal flats of the Virginia coast to experience its rich natural diversity firsthand. And foot-first: Feel the mud between your toes on the tidal flats at Chincoteague; walk the sandy beach at Back Bay; pedal a bike along the Cape Henry Trail at First Landing State Park.

Informative as a guidebook—complete with sections on Virginia’s primary coastal wilderness areas and appendices listing where to go and what to look for— A Naturalist’s Guide also serves as a natural history primer, offering clear and concise chapters on the ecological, historical, and botanical background of the region Badger explores.

For the parent adventuring with a curious child or the experienced birder in new territory, the weekend wanderer or the seasoned naturalist, Curtis Badger’s user-friendly guide provides an engaging discussion about just the sorts of wondrous things the interested observer will encounter on a visit to Virginia’s coastline.

tag:A handy family guide to Virginia's diverse coastline from the Eastern Shore's favorite naturalist

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

Roanoke Times
Badger is one of the top nature/outdoor writers in Virginia.

— Bill Cochran

Richmond Times-Dispatch
A rare and glorious literary combination of natural history and memorable writing.

— Garvey Winegar

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
A consummately engaging naturalist.

— Bill Ruehlmann

Roanoke Times - Bill Cochran
Badger is one of the top nature/outdoor writers in Virginia.
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Garvey Winegar
A rare and glorious literary combination of natural history and memorable writing.
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot - Bill Ruehlmann
A consummately engaging naturalist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813922812
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 828,134
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Curtis J. Badger, a freelance writer and photographer in Onancock, Virginia, is the award-winning author of more than thirty books, including Salt Tide: Cycles and Currents of Life along the Coast and Virginia’s Wild Side: Fifty Outdoor Adventures from the Mountains to the Ocean(Virginia).

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xi
The Processes: How Things Work
1 Islands and Lagoons--Change Is Constant 3
2 The Coastal People 11
3 Plants of the Coast 17
4 Life on the Tidal Flats 29
5 Birds of the Coast 38
6 Beachcombing 47
The Places: Islands, Bays, and Marshes
7 Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park 57
8 First Landing State Park 71
9 Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel 79
10 Fisherman Island and Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuges 83
11 Kiptopeke State Park 88
12 The Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve 94
13 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore 103
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