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Long Island Sound consists of a diverse collection of unique marine, estuarine, and terrestrial ecosystems located in one of the most densely populated regions in the United States. The Sound and its coastlines are home not only to myriad species of plants and animals – from shorebirds and turtles to whales, seals, and fish – but also to more than twenty million people.
Until now there has been no one-stop reference for those interested in exploring the Sound's rich natural history. Author, photographer, and scientific illustrator Patrick Lynch has filled this gap. Brimming with maps, photographs, and drawings, Lynch's guide introduces readers to the full breadth of the Sound's environs from shorelines to deepest waters. With coastal areas at particular risk from climate change and pollution, his timing couldn't be better. Whether readers are interested in the area's geology and meteorology, its history of human intervention, or simply locating nature reserves and bird sanctuaries, they're sure to find Lynch's compendium indispensable.
Patrick J. Lynch is a former senior digital officer in Yale University's Office of Public Affairs and Communications and an award-winning author, designer, illustrator, and photographer. He lives in North Haven, CT.
"Lynch's illustrations are accurate, subtle and beautiful. His understanding of the subject – both the big picture and the details – is comprehensive [...] . I can easily envision general readers and students carrying it with them to the beach or the shore and referring to it often."
– Tom Andersen, author of This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound
"This book promises to be THE go-to guide for anyone seeking basic information about the natural history of Long Island Sound [...] . I would certainly buy the book, both for myself, and as a gift for others."
– Chris Elphick, University of Connecticut
"Significant and exhaustive. [...] With gorgeous photographs, illustrations, and scientific graphics, the author presents a vivid story about the ecological importance of this diverse set of ecosystems, from its deepest open-water reaches to its shorelines."
– Elizabeth Farnsworth, New England Wildflower Society
"An informative guide to Long Island Sound habitats, organisms, and both natural and cultural history"
– Kurt Bretsch, Stony Brook University
"This captivating and superbly illustrated work by Patrick Lynch is badly needed and is a tremendous resource that I will treasure for many years to come."
– Margaret Van Patten, Connecticut Sea Grant, University of Connecticut
"Compilations like this often fail to meet their full potential because they lack quality, relevant graphics. Thankfully, here we find the written word consistently enhanced by a supporting cast of wonderfully informative visuals."
– Ralph Lewis, UConn, Avery Point
"Lynch successfully bridges this divide to make for an informative yet accessible and visually stunning guide to a waterbody that is so important to tens of millions of Americans."
– Patrick M. Comins, Audubon Connecticut