Seasons on the Pacific Coast: A Naturalist's Notebook

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Chronicle Books, 1999 - Nature - 224 pages
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The Pacific Coast, with its hundreds of miles of unspoiled forests, cliffs, fields, and beaches from Mexico to British Columbia, attracts nature lovers from around the world. Naturalist Susan Tweit pays special homage to this diverse region in this handsome volume. Forty informative, evocative essays, each illustrated with a colour drawing, capture the Coast's vibrant plant and animal life, from sea otters and monarch butterflies to giant bladder kelp and gray whales. The author begins with field notes and then offers delightful observations and commentary.

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SEASONS ON THE PACIFIC COAST: A Naturalist's Notebook

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Informative but too-cute essays on the animals, plants, and sea life of the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts. NPR commentator Tweit, who lives in the Southwest, gladly admits to being an ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction lo SPRING
15
Eelgrass
17
Roughskinned Newt
22
California Poppy
27
Black Oystercatcher
31
Giant Pacific Octopus
35
4o California Grunion
40
Red Abalone
44
Southern Sea Otter
66
Cabezon
71
Cobra Lily
76
8o Xerces Blue Butterfly
80
Bat
85
Lightfooted Clapper Rail
89
Orca
94
Geoduck Clam
99

Blueblossom
49
Pacific Madrone
54
White Sturgeon
59
SUMMER
64
Giant Green Anemone
103
lo Marbled Murrelet
108
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About the author (1999)

Susan Tweit is the author of Seasons in the Desert (0-8118-1685-0) and other books. She divides her time between Salida, Colorado, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she hosts Wild Lives on her local NPR station.James Bain Smith and Julia de Bierre run Castle Workshops, a series of courses on restoration, fine furniture, period painting techniques, and decorative effects, based at the Chateau de Lucens in Switzerland.

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