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Chesapeake Bay supports more than 3,600 species of plants, fish and animals, including 348 species of fin fish and 173 species of shellfish. The familiar blue crab is one of thousands of species of animals inhabiting the diverse ecosystems found throughout the region. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and butterflies/insects, seashore creatures, trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Also includes a regional map, information on the history of the region and how to protect and restore the bay habitats. It was developed in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Water Trails Network. A portion of the proceeds are returned to the Network to further its important activities. This lightweight, waterproof, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network is a system of over 170 sites located within the Chesapeake Bay region. The Network tells the story of the connections between people and nature in the Chesapeake region through its historic sites and communities, trails, parks, wildlife refuges, maritime museums, and more. The Network's goal is to help connect people to the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake region.
Zoologist James Kavanagh has researched and written more than 650 publications pertaining to wildlife observation and outdoor recreation. His unique talent is in taking complex information and synthesizing the salient points to make knowledge about nature and the outdoors more accessible to novices, and to present quick, portable reference information for more experienced wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. His books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.