25 Nature Spectacles in New Jersey

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Rutgers University Press, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 326 pages
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Join Joanna Burger and Michael Gochfeld as they guide readers to New Jersey's most marvelous natural spectacles. From mating horseshoe crabs in the Delaware Bay to goldenclub and orchids at Web's Mill Bog, the authors show us Garden State nature at its best.

While New Jersey boasts far more than 25 nature spectacles, the authors have selected those that are the most dramatic, predictable, and characteristic of the state so readers can easily enjoy them over and over again. Being in the right place at the right time makes all the difference, so the guidebook is organized by season to ensure the best viewing.

Each chapter begins with a photo and a brief description of the spectacle. A listing of key locations, directions, and the best time to visit follows. A prime habitat section provides a brief characterization of the appropriate surroundings to look for the plant or animal spectacle. The description provides ambiance, natural and life history information allowing readers to enjoy fully what they are observing. A final section lists an agency or organization where more information can be found.

The book contains maps as well as a calendar of recommended events, including the Lambertville Shad Festival and the Barnegat Bay Duck Decoy Festival. The authors also list a number of other spectacles that while they didn't make the top 25 list, but are well-worth checking out--including a tongue-in-cheek look at what may be New Jersey's best-known wildlife, humans at the shopping mall.

This book grows from the authors' quarter century of exploring the state's estuaries, bays, fields, and forests, observing and enjoying its natural habitats. They've written the perfect guidebook for everyone, whether you are ready to head off to the great outdoors or prefer to read about nature from the comfort of your armchair.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Calendar of Events
14
Maps 1617
16
Spring
19
Chorusing Frogs in the Spring
21
Shad Run on the Delaware River
31
Glass Eels American Eels at Cheesequake
43
Spawning Horseshoe Crabs on Delaware Bay
49
American Lotus at Mannington Marsh
141
Coalescing Terns and Skimmers at Hereford Inlet
147
Fall
153
Migrating Monarchs at Cape May
157
Migrant Hawks on the Inland Ridges
167
Dwarf Pine Plains
215
Migrant Snow Geese at Brigantine
223
Wintering Gulls in Coastal New Jersey
231

Migrant Shorebirds at Delaware Bay
61
Mountain Laurel
73
Summer
79
Nesting Herons at Avalon
81
Laughing Gulls at Stone Harbor
89
Nesting Least Terns and Black Skimmers
99
Fiddler Crabs at Low Tide
111
Butterflies in Gardens
121
Grass Pink and Other Orchids at Webbs Mill
133
Brant and Other Waterfowl on the North Shore
241
Swans at Whites Bog and Coastal Lakes
249
Other Spectacles
259
People at the Mall
277
Scientific Names of Species Mentioned
285
Gulls Found in New Jersey
295
Subject Index
307
Taxonomic Index
317
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About the author (2000)

Joanna Burger, a distinguished professor of biology at Rutgers, has authored two academic books on bird behavior, & has written five books for lay readers, two of which she co-authored with her husband, Michael Gochfeld, a professor of environmental & community medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. They live in Somerset, New Jersey.

Michael Gochfeld is an occupational physician in the department of environmental and community medicine at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He directs the division of occupational health in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute and is a co-director of the Health Effects Division of the Cooperative Center for Research in Toxic and Hazardous Materials.

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