A Field Guide to Long Island Sound Coastal Habitats, Plant Life, Fish, Seabirds, Marine Mammals, and Other Wildlife Patrick J. Lynch

Publication date:
21 Mar 2017
Yale University Press
416 pages: 203 x 127 x 30mm
1,200 color illus.

A lavishly illustrated and long-overdue guidebook to the rich natural history of Long Island Sound and its coastlines, a region beloved by millions of people

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. Twitter: @patrlynch

“Remarkably comprehensive . . . The maps are clear, the photography colorful, the illustrations detailed and accurate — flat-out beautiful, really.”—The East Hampton Star

“Patrick Lynch’s new book is a handy guide, easily fitting into a backpack on a beach walk, that gives the reader a sense of the nature they enjoy.”—Connecticut Magazine

"A lavishly illustrated and enlightening companion to anyone who cares about the 110-mile long estuary’s survival."—Sam Roberts, New York Times