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Fish Watching: An Outdoor Guide to Freshwater Fishes (Comstock Book) Paperback – May 26, 1994
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There are guides to watching birds (Sheila Buff's Birding for Beginners, LJ 6/1/93), whales (Patricia Corrigan's Where the Whales Are, LJ 3/15/91), and marine life (David Bulluch's The Underwater Naturalist, LJ 3/1/91). There is even a guide for catching and watching fish in a tank (John Quinn's Our Native Fishes, LJ 2/1/91). But Smith here endorses watching fish in their freshwater home. Smith, an ichthyologist, knows his subject well. He gives clear suggestions on how to start watching fish and provides descriptions of fish habitats and fishes classified by family with line drawings and three dozen color photos. There is a slight emphasis on Eastern U.S. species, but Smith intends this guide to be used in the field. His personal anecdotes add interest. Brief appendixes for classification and names of fishes are included. For public libraries with large hobby collections, especially near freshwater creeks, ponds, bogs, etc. (Index not seen.)-Jean E. Crampon, Hancock Biology & Oceanography Lib, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This book should delight anyone who is interested in the natural world, and should help fish watching take its rightful place alongside the better known pursuits of amateur naturalists."―John A. Baker, Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 70
"Provides a wealth of information on eastern North American freshwater fishes as would be expected from someone whose ichthyological legacy includes E. Raney, R. Suttkus, and R. Bailey."―Bruce A. Thompson, Coastal Fisheries Institute, Center for Coastal, Energy, and Environmental Resources, Louisiana State University, Copeia, 1996, No. 1
"Until C. Lavett Smith published Fish Watching, good fish books were as scarce as unicorns. . . . An emeritus curator of herpetology and ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, Smith crafted Fish Watching as a book about fishes. Not about catching them. Not about keeping them. Not about cooking them. Just about them. . . . The result is a most pleasant and surprising work of natural history writing devoted solely to fishes. The surprise is how successfully Smith keeps Fish Watching simple. . . . For feeling good about loving fishes just for what they are, I'll read Fish Watching."―Kevin Cook, The Coloradoan, August 1, 2004