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Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast: Common Birds, Crabs, Shells, Fish, and Other Entities of the Coastal Environment Paperback – April, 1991
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A neat little manual that explains in clear, concise terms what our coast is like....the text is simple, but not simpleminded. -- Carolina Adventure
Coastal residents, visitors, fishermen, or anyone who enjoys walking along the beach watching the birds and waves will find this a practical, reader-friendly guide. -- SC Wildlife
Don't visit the beach without it. -- The Coastal Carolinian
One of the most useful and practical guides to the North and South Carolina coast. -- The Island Packet, Hilton Head
The type of guide most of us have been waiting for. -- Brunswick Beacon
This book deserves to find its way into many beach-bound suitcases. -- The State
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I had no clue. One week a year at the beach had not taught me the names of the creatures. When I returned home, I consulted a friend who is a biology professor. He recommended this guide as one he uses with a class he takes on a field trip to the coast each year.
The guide is a good one. Not brilliant or extensive, but with some decent photos and lots of interesting facts (herons eat snakes?). There are extras about how to choose seafood to eat, a call for the world's citizens to take better care of the environment, definitions, and a list of relevant quotations, ranging from Shakespeare to Water Rat in "Wind in the Willows" (There is nothing--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats).
Next year, I will take this very portable guide along, and I'll be better prepared for questions.
In Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast Peter Meyer writes on each of those topics and hundreds of others with the scientific accuracy we expect of him while remaining at a level the average beachcomber understands. Explaining everything from microscopic plankton to whales and alligators, Meyer includes 150 color photographs and over 200 drawings of everything from a delicate brittle star to water cycling from the ocean to clouds and back again. Without neglecting other topics, Meyer provides superb information about crabs and other crustaceans, an area in which he is exceptionally knowledgeable.
Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast is laced with both humor and reverence for our threatened natural resources. It takes visitors beyond an annual summer vacation at the beach to new-found respect for the environment. They leave not only knowing about animals they saw and the relationship between the moon and tides but also understanding that they must work to ensure that their grandchildren will hold sea stars and hermit crabs in their hands.
It was very useful as it has good detail on pretty much all the aspects of the coast that you are likely to see. It provides fairly comprehensive explanations, illustrations and photos, in a clear format.
I am sure that a hard core naturalist or serious scientist would probably want more than this book provides, but for a casual visitor, I felt like it had a good breadth of coverage, and enough depth of coverage, presented in an easy-to-read style to satisfy my curiosity.
It was sort of like having a good middle school science/natural history teacher accompanying you on the trip in your suitcase. But without the care and feeding requirements, or the risk of being arrested for kidnapping a teacher. :)
The pictures are clear, as are the descriptions and the the book is well organized. Several persons on my walks have noted the titles of each book so they could buy their own copies.
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Small bits of humor great. Wonderful book for nature lovers, especially if planning a trip to Carolina coast