Thomas Y. Crowell Company (1972). xvii + 110pp. including index. 5.75 x 8.5 inches. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 0-690-48982-X. Illustrated with line drawings, diagrams, and 16 pages of full color.
The tidal, or salt, marshes have in recent years become areas of unique and special interest for nature lovers and environmentalists. Here, at last, is a field guide to life in and around these marshes. Every year thousands of individuals and families visit the temperate salt marshes along the Atlantic coast of the United States to study and observe these unusual and important ecosystems. This handbook, the first of its kind, considers the entire living environment — the terrain, the vegetation, and the animal life — and shows how in the salt marshes, as elsewhere, everything in nature is tied together.
In simple and clear form, the book describes the kinds of marshes and their significant features: the plant life — grasses, sedges, rushes, and miscellaneous higher plants; and the animal life, both invertebrates — crabs, jelly-fish, sponges, etc. — and vertebrates — birds, reptiles, and mammals.
After a brief general description of the interrelationships between plants and animals, the common and important species are presented in chart form, including those frequently seen in the marshes but not regular inhabitants. Hundreds of diagrams and line drawings show where the species are most likely to be found, what their interesting characteristics are, and other factors essential for field identification.
For the large and rapidly growing group of salt-marsh devotees, and for naturalists and students of natural science everywhere, this unique handbook will be indispensable on field trips and also for study at home or in school.
Michael J. Ursin attended Rochester Institute of Technology and Clark University and also studied photography in Germany. In 1967, the culmination of many years of planning was realized when he started World Wildlife Illustrated, a magazine designed to provide a better knowledge of natural science through text and photographs. Mr. Ursin, in addition to being a photographer, artist, researcher, writer, and editor, has facilities in his own studio for the care and study of many of his wildlife subjects.
Jacket design by Mike McIver.
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