Bayshore Summer: Finding Eden in a Most Unlikely Place

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 9, 2010 - Nature - 272 pages
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Bypassed by time and “Joisey” Shore–bound vacationers, the marshes and forests of the Bayshore constitute one of North America’s last great undiscovered wild places. Sixty million people live within a tank of gas of this environmentally rich and diverse place, yet most miss out on the region’s amazing spectacles.

Bayshore Summer is a bridge that links the rest of the world to this timeless land. Pete Dunne acts as ambassador and tour guide, following Bayshore residents as they haul crab traps, bale salt hay, stake out deer poachers, and pick tomatoes. He examines and appreciates this fertile land, how we live off it and how all of us connect with it. From the shorebirds that converge by the thousands to gorge themselves on crab eggs to the delicious fresh produce that earned the Garden State its nickname, from the line-dropping expectancy of party boat fishing to the waterman who lives on a first-name basis with the birds around his boat, Bayshore Summer is at once an expansive and intimate portrait of a special place, a secret Eden, and a glimpse into a world as rich as summer and enduring as a whispered promise.

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User Review  - caitemaire - LibraryThing

If you want to see a region of NJ that may even surprise many who live here, one really must venture down to the Delaware bayshore. Once home to a number of thriving communities that made their living ... Read full review

BAYSHORE SUMMER: Finding Eden in a Most Unlikely Place

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Compelling portrait of the not-so-lazy days of summer in an overlooked area of the Jersey shore.In this second installment of his series exploring the seasons in different geographical zones of the ... Read full review


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PETE DUNNE forged a bond with nature as a child and has been studying hawks for more than forty years. He has written fifteen books and countless magazine and newspaper columns. He was the founding director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and now serves as New Jersey Audubon’s Birding Ambassador. He lives in Mauricetown, New Jersey.

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