Notes from the Shore

Notes from the Shore

by Jennifer Ackerman, Karin Grosz
     
 

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Ackerman delivers a book about discovering natural life at the ocean's edge--Cape Henlopen, at the southern lip of the Delaware Bay across from Cape May, New Jersey--and the habits of shorebirds and seabirds, the movement of sand and water, the wealth of creatures that survive amid storm and surf. It weaves together science and description with personal observation…  See more details below

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Ackerman delivers a book about discovering natural life at the ocean's edge--Cape Henlopen, at the southern lip of the Delaware Bay across from Cape May, New Jersey--and the habits of shorebirds and seabirds, the movement of sand and water, the wealth of creatures that survive amid storm and surf. It weaves together science and description with personal observation and reflection, exploring the way that landscape shapes our thoughts and perceptions.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like walking along an ocean beach with a knowledgeable, articulate friend, reading this personalized natural history is a restorative experience. Ackerman, a freelance science journalist, writes about what she learned of and from her surroundings during the three years she lived on Maryland's Atlantic coast near the southern tip of the Delaware Bay. With grace and avid particularity, she considers the history and characteristics of this landscape of marshes, mud flats and ``walking'' sand dunes, whose movement is orchestrated by the ocean current that parallels the shore. She observes the annual mating of horseshoe crabs (under a spring full moon) and watches for shore birds, from the tiny, semipalmated plover to the great, DDT-threatened osprey. At low tide, she probes the tidal flats for mud worms (tube, acorn, ribbon, plumed) and parses marsh grasses (sea lavender, cordgrass, saltwort and Spartina) at dawn. Against this landscape's rhythms, Ackerman revisits her own history-her mother's death, her father's illness and her hopes to have children of her own. (May)
Library Journal
Ackerman, an accomplished writer who has contributed to a number of national and regional publications, is a Midwesterner transplanted to the Delaware shore. In this book, she turns her keen and discerning eye toward the environment she inhabits. Often despairing of nature's ability to repair what human activity has so totally disrupted, Ackerman eloquently details the natural history of a region often thought of as totally developed. She takes the reader on many journeys, stopping along the way to discuss various species of crabs, fish, and shore birds. Ackerman does not neglect the human denizens of the beach, introducing the readers to a number of engaging local personalities. Recommended for public libraries.-Randy Dykhuis, OHIONET, Columbus, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140177886
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/11/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.58(d)

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