Product Description A uniquely comprehensive and beautiful guide to more than 600 species of fauna and flora along the coasts of the southeastern United States and the Gulf of Mexico This superb book, with its unique focus on the entire marine coastal environment, is the most comprehensive and up-to-date field guide available on the southeastern Atlantic Coast and the Gulf Coast. Not just for beachgoers, the book is essential for birders, whale watchers, fishers, boaters, scuba divers and snorkelers, and shoreline visitors. Features of the guide: Entries on 619 coastal and ocean species More than 1,100 color illustrations 450 up-to-date range maps Overviews of key ecological communities, including mangroves, salt marshes, beaches, sand dunes, and coral reefs Special attention to threatened and endangered species Discussions of environmental issues, including such catastrophic events as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon blowout Glossary Excellent organizational aids for locating information quickly Review "[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."âK.A. Reycraft, Choice "This impressive book is a comprehensive guide to 619 coastal and ocean species, with 1 114 color illustrations and 452 range maps. . . .Â It is 'not just for beachgoers, it is valuable for birders, whale watchers, fishers, boaters, scuba divers and snorkelers, and shoreline visitors. . . .' If you are planning a trip to this region, I highly recommend taking a copy." âChris Eberly, Marine Orinthology Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award in the Nature Guidebook category Runner-up in the Photography/Art category at the 2013 Great Southeast Book Festival "No matter which side of the waves you labor or play this is the perfect guide to the wonders that surround you."âPete Dunne, author of Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion: A Comprehensive Resource for Identifying North American Birds "Unique and amazing. . . . Important as a conservation education tool because it allows more citizens to appreciate their natural ecosystems."âMargaret Lowman, Director, Nature Research Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences "I recommend this book for anyone who spends time on the southeast coast. Whether your interest is beach-combing, fishing, snorkeling, birdwatching, or just strolling, this excellent book will help you identify and understand virtually every living thing you encounter."âDavid Sibley 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.