Life on Matagorda Island

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Texas A&M University Press, 2004 - Nature - 244 pages
"When Wayne and Martha McAlister moved to Matagorda Island, a wildlife refuge off the central Texas coast, they anticipated staying perhaps five years. But sent to take up duties with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wayne McAlister fell under the island's spell the moment he stepped out of his aging house trailer and met his first Matagorda rattlesnake. Seven years later, the McAlisters were still observing the flora and fauna of Matagorda. Except for the road and some occasional fence posts, the island appears untouched by humans. In Life on Matagorda Island, Wayne McAlister shows what life was like amid such isolation."--Jacket.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Living on the Edge
3
Chapter 2 Beach
36
Chapter 3 Marsh
60
Chapter 4 Unseen Fauna
100
Chapter 5 Comparative Anatomy
125
Chapter 6 Cardisoma
134
Chapter 7 Predation
144
Chapter 8 Death
166
Chapter 9 Creatures We Have Known
176
Chapter 10 Land
217
Notes
235
Index
239
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About the author (2004)

McAlister is a retired professor of biology at Victoria College. Wayne worked as an environmental education specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for ten years.

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