Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Pete Dunne, Author of Bayshore SummerDear Amazon Reader, There was a time--and it wasn't long ago--that the Dicks and Janes and Sallys of this world went out and soaked their sneakers in streams, gleefully blackened the legs of fresh-washed jeans on rough-barked trees, and dared each other to see how many eggs were in the nest at the end of that topmost limb. Engaging the natural world was as natural as natural could be. Then they grew up. Lived busy lives. The wonder and discovery they knew as kids became a memory, not their reality--which is sad, and a trend that as a thirty-year member of the New Jersey Audubon Society staff I have battled all my adult life. Bayshore Summer, like its predecessor, Prairie Spring, is, on the one hand, an extension of my lifelong effort to bring people and the natural world together. It's also a metaphorical knock on the door from an old friend; an invitation to come out and play in a world that hasn't gone anywhere but out of fashion in many people's minds. I've lived on New Jersey's Delaware Bayshore for over twenty years, and I'm still discovering natural spectacles here in one of the last, great wild places along the Atlantic seaboard. This coastal region has survived people and evolved for four hundred years, and while in many respects the forests and marshes and communities seem immune from time, I'd encourage visitors to visit soon. Time has a way of catching up on special places, just as it transforms children who once went out every summer day seeking discovery and wonder. With luck, readers will rekindle memories of wet sneakers, bark-blackened jeans, and maybe the urge to go out, once again, and engage a world where wonder and discovery lie at the fingertips of an outstretched hand. -Pete Dunne
(Photo © Linda Dunne)
Amazon Exclusive: Photographs to Accompany Bayshore Summer
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Photos © Linda Dunne
|In late summer, swallows gather in the marshes of Delaware Bay||Baymen Captain Tom Pew and John Burens catching Atlantic blue crabs||New Jersey's wild and scenic Maurice River||Linda Dunne, surrounded by a fraction of the migrating shorebirds||An adult osprey by his presence posting notice that this territory is his|
Once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down.
And we natives of southeastern Pennsylvania may have to rethink our stand that the only good that could come of South Jersey would be for it to float out to sea.
Part travelogue, part exquisitely readable natural history handbook, Dunne's gem of a book is a fitting tribute to the denizens of New Jersey's bayshore.
I have grown up and live near the area of the United States known as the Delaware Bayshore. The author, Pete Dunne, well known ornothologist, moved to this area to study, observe,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Calabrese
The book arrived in great shape. I thought the book would be more based on vacation spots in New Jersey that were out of the way off the beaten path and talk about the high lights... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Melissa G.
Having read and enjoyed some of the author's previous books, (especially The Feather Quest: A North American Birder's Year), I found this book well written and interesting. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by USAF Veteran
Pete Dunne has written a terrific and entertaining book, set in southern New Jersey, about the importance of conserving natural areas and, especially, introducing young people to... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Marvin G. Goldman
Through an unfortunate series of circumstances our summer vacation to Hilton Head was redirected to New Jersey and ultimately Cape May. Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by Paul M. Provencher
Before you read this book, think of what things you associate with the state of New Jersey. For me, it was industry, pollution, the mafia, and Simon & Garfunkel's song "America". Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Sunday
A delightful little book that contained quite a bit of unexpected shore history, along with lots of stories of the birds in this delightful part of the shore. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Georgie Cavitt
This isn't really my preferred kind of nature writing--there's not all that much here about nature except in the context of people using and consuming it. Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by jd103
Pete Dunne manages to cram an unbelievable wealth of knowledge and history into his slender book "Bayshore Summer: Finding Eden in a Most Unlikely Place" - from details of wildlife... Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by E. Rothstein