Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast

Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast

by Jennifer Ackerman

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Overview

From the bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, the revised and reissued edition of her beloved book of essays describing her forays along the Delaware shore

For three years, Jennifer Ackerman lived in the small coastal town of Lewes, Delaware, in the sort of blue-water, white-sand landscape that draws summer crowds up and down the eastern seaboard. Birds by the Shore is a book about discovering the natural life at the ocean's edge: the habits of shorebirds and seabirds, the movement of sand and water, the wealth of creatures that survive amid storm and surf. Against this landscape's rhythms, Ackerman revisits her own history--her mother's death, her father's illness and her hopes to have children of her own.

This portrait of life at the ocean's edge will be relished by anyone who has walked a beach at sunset, or watched a hawk hover over a winter marsh, and felt part of the natural world. With a quiet passion and friendly, generous intelligence, it explores the way that landscape shapes our thoughts and perceptions and shows that home ground is often where we feel the deepest response to the planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525505921
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 328,901
File size: 26 MB
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About the Author

JENNIFER ACKERMAN has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. Her most recent books include The Genius of Birds, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body; Ah-Choo: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold; Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity; and Notes from the Shore. A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications, Ackerman is the recipient of an National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Table of Contents

Maps xv

Preface to New Edition xvii

Cape Light 1

Harbor of Refuge 9

Osprey 33

Between Tides 55

The Crab's Tail 73

Five Fathoms 89

The Great Marsh 101

The Strange and Wonderful 119

Seeds of Mischief 139

Spindrift 157

Acknowledgments 175

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