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Whispers in the Pines: A Naturalist in the Northeast

By: Joanna Burger

352 pages, drawings

Rutgers University Press

Paperback | Dec 2006 | #164790 | ISBN: 0813537940
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Hardback | Nov 2006 | #164868 | ISBN: 0813538777
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About this book

Vestiges of ancient sand dunes and bogs from retreating glaciers, the Pine Barrens are among the most mysterious and fascinating parts of the eastern United States landscape. Their intrigue is due as much to their ecology as it is to their rich folklore and history. Yet, despite their remarkable geologic story and the abundant diversity of plant and animal species that they are home to, they remain one of our most neglected ecosystems.

Naturalist Joanna Burger takes us on a series of delightful trips, lending new and exciting perspectives to these underappreciated regions. From the Albany Pine Bush, the Long Island Barrens, and the New Jersey Pine Barrens in the Northeast, to the pinelands of South Carolina and Florida, Burger describes in lively and engaging detail how these barren habitats have come to harbor such a unique assemblage of species. She introduces us to amphibians and reptiles, neotropical migrants and other birds, and a range of common and unusual mammals. The reader is invited to come along as Burger searches for butterflies and as she engages in the delicate task of seeking out pine snake hatchlings.

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Joanna Burger is Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Her seventeen books include A Naturalist along the Jersey Shore, Oil Spills, and 25 Nature Spectacles in New Jersey (all Rutgers University Press) and The Parrot Who Owns Me. She lives in Somerset, New Jersey.

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