This essential guidebook presents the most abundantly illustrated and fascinating account of the natural history of Cape Cod, the peninsula of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, its nearby islands, Block Island, the western coast of Rhode Island, and southeastern Long Island ever published. Exploring the ecology and most common plants and animals of the various regional environments – beaches, dunes, salt marshes, heathlands, and coastal forests – the book also encompasses marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish offshore.
Lavishly illustrated with images, maps, and photographs, A Field Guide to Cape Cod introduces readers to more than six hundred species of plants and animals of the region, including major whale and seal species. The book also provides a concise guide to the ecological history of the "Outer Lands", the glacial geology of the region, and Cape Cod's major environmental challenges, from climate change and sea level rise to the loss of wild habitats due to development. For nature-loving local residents and visitors alike, this essential book will be a well-loved resource.
Patrick J. Lynch, retired senior digital officer in Yale University's Office of Public Affairs and Communications, is an award-winning illustrator, photographer, and artist and the author or coauthor of seven previous books. He lives in North Haven, CT.
"Well-conceived and fresh, and written with obvious, deep affection for the region it covers."
– Matthew Pelikan, the Nature Conservancy
"Whether you are fascinated by sharks, sea turtles, shorebirds, plants, or coastal geology, Patrick Lynch's informative field guide gives you a personal tour from Long Island to Cape Cod."
– Mary Griffin, Mass Audubon Regional Director for Southeast, Cape and Islands
"An essential resource for every beach home and cottage, and for all those enthralled by the natural beauty of the Cape and Islands."
– Andrew Ashton, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
"I have just spent an afternoon thumbing through an incredible book that explains Cape Cod in a fashion that I have the extreme good fortune to see every day, both wandering through the Museum and its surrounding habitat. Patrick Lynch's book is a reminder of just why Cape Cod is such a remarkable place."
– Robert F. Dwyer, President & Executive Director, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
"Wow! I've been on Cape Cod since 1976 as naturalist, writer and educator, and have collected every book on Cape Cod including Thoreau's. No book is as thorough or as well illustrated. Pat Lynch is a very talented author."
– Phil Kyle, Cape Cod Times
"This is the go-to book on the natural history of the Outer Lands! Looks like it covers every coastal ecosystem from the glacial uplands to our near shore waters."
– Bob Prescott, Director, Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
"Visually stunning and chock full of information [...] a must for anyone who is planning to visit the Cape or islands, or who wants to better understand the natural history of this fascinating part of New England!"
– Patrick Comins, Executive Director, Connecticut Audubon Society