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A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico: Coastal Habitats, Seabirds, Marine Mammals, Fish, & Other Wildlife Paperback – January 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300113285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300113280
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] field guide that will be a treat for anyone interested in the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico and the southeast coast. . . . for a handy reference to keep in one's boat, backpack, or beach tote while exploring, this guide is essential."—K.A. Reycraft, Choice
(K.A. Reycraft Choice)

 Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award in the Nature Guidebook category
(2012 National Outdoor Book Award in the Nature Guidebook category National Outdoor Book Foundation)

Runner-up in the Photography/Art category at the 2013 Great Southeast Book Festival.
(Great Southeast Festival JM Northern Media LLC 2013-03-13)

About the Author

Noble S. Proctor is professor emeritus, biological sciences, Southern Connecticut State University. He is also a nature and birding tour leader to far-flung locations from Chile to Alaska to Southeast Asia. He lives in Branford, CT. Patrick J. Lynch, an illustrator, artist, and computer graphics illustrator and programmer, is also director, Design and User Experience, Yale University. He lives in North Haven, CT.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tatum neely on December 20, 2013
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Incredible guidebook for beginners. Very illustrative, clear, concise and relatively informative. Not a good scientific or graduate level book, but would be GREAT for kids, adults just looking to find what's out there and for high school biology or aquatic science students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Sky Mcilvain on March 20, 2013
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I love a guide that is so well organized that the index is not really needed. And what's not to love about a guide detailing more species of shore visiting sharks than you ever thought possible. We bought it for a St. Simons, GA stay and it was right on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Square peg on February 7, 2014
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As an ecologist, I routinely have to wade through heavy, dry reference books. When I went on vacation, I wanted to understand the local ecosystems, but didn't want to turn it into work. This book was perfect.

The author presents an extrordinarily deep understanding of these areas, but the information is so interestingly discussed and depicted that the process is thoroughly enjoyable. I actually read this book cover to cover before I left.

Using this reference, I was able to immediately identify the three dominant species of mangrove. It was also useful in identifying many species of plants, and wading and shore birds. Unlike other taxonomic treatments, some of Proctors descriptions made me laugh out loud. I only wish that other taxonomists would take notice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert W Stanhope on December 19, 2013
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The best illustrated field guide I've seen in my 45 years as a park naturalist. An excellent guide to the natural history of the southeast coasts of the US. Purchased as a gift for a couple who retired to Panama City, Florida.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne Murray-Randolph on January 10, 2012
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I had the pleasure of watching many of these extraordinary illustrations come to life under the supremely talented hands and eyes of Patrick Lynch. Unlike many illustrators who work solely to get the physical attributes of the subject correct, Patrick Lynch expresses much of the behavior and character of the subjects as they are in real life such as the birds in flight. I have other books from this strong collaboration between an academic expert and his artistc muse. If you haven't seen their textbook Manual of Ornithology and love birds, it's worth seeking out at a library, although you may need to ask for it from a university lending program.
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