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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
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 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300113285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300113280
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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When I discovered the Filed Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife, I wondered if there was a companion guide out there that covered from where the North Atlantic Field Guide left off. That is, from essentially Norfolk, VA all the way down to the Gulf Coast and past the Florida Keys. After a little research, I came to find this book, which is exactly that!
This book it the companion to the North Atlantic Field Guide. It cover from the Virginia beach areas, all the way down to the Gulf Coast and past Florida into the Keys.
This Field Guide is as magnificent as the first. It covers all of the different seabirds, marine mammals, fishes, and all other marine life and even plants. Richly illustrated and packed with information, this guide is again, for all those who live on the coast, are near the coast, visit the coast, or have a love for the coast and it life.
I Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves nature and wildlife. This book will make an excellent addition to your library as it has for mine.
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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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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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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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I appreciate to book's readability and excellent illustrations. I found the index frustrating, however; for instance, the fish we have always locally called "redfish" or "channel bass" -- the red drum -- was only located by googling the familiar names first. And the snook (robalo) doesn't seem to be included at all. A small crab I collected cannot be identified in these pages, nor does the book satisfy me about the tiny shrimp in our local manatee grass. I like the book for quick, easy identification and working knowledge, but I think I need another field guide.
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This text is well written and the descriptions of the plant, bird and ocean life are quite thorough. However I wish that the shell section was as complete as the others.
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