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A Coastal Companion

A year in the Gulf of Maine

A Coastal Companion

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A Coastal Companion

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A COASTAL COMPANION, by Catherine Schmitt, is a journey through the year in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed, which includes land from eastern Massachusetts to southwestern Nova Scotia. A chronicle of changes through the seasons both above and within the sea, A COASTAL COMPANION follows the arrival and departure of migrating shorebirds in spring and fall, schools of fish as they move in and out of our region, and the natural cycles of our bays, rivers, marshes, and coastal forests. Part field guide, part almanac, the book also highlights writers, artists, and scientists who have chosen the Gulf of Maine as their subject matter

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A COASTAL COMPANION, by Catherine Schmitt, is a journey through the year in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed, which includes land from eastern Massachusetts to southwestern Nova Scotia. A chronicle of changes through the seasons both above and within the sea, A COASTAL COMPANION follows the arrival and departure of migrating shorebirds in spring and fall, schools of fish as they move in and out of our region, and the natural cycles of our bays, rivers, marshes, and coastal forests. Part field guide, part almanac, the book also highlights writers, artists, and scientists who have chosen the Gulf of Maine as their subject matter. Poems by twelve contemporary poets open each chapter, and illustrations by two Maine artists, Kimberleigh Martul-March and Margaret Campbell, are featured throughout the text. This is a book to keep close at hand, to be read not all at once, but through the seasons, one day at a time, and enjoyed year after year.

Reviews:

“well written book…engages readers’ interest…moves easily between field-guide-style descriptions…each month starts with a poem…simple pen-and-ink drawings…thoughtful observations…” -Gulf of Maine Times, Summer 2008

“…In a superb effort to make natural science interesting, entertaining, and educational, Maine author Catherine Schmitt has produced a highly readable scientific almanac and field guide focusing on the plants, animals, geology, climate and natural phenomenon of the land and sea…This is a wonderful scientific treasury that explores the enormity, complexity and inter-relationships between the land and sea and all the creatures of both worlds.” -Kennebec Journal, January 25, 2009

2009 Silver Award -Association for Communication Excellence, April, 2009

“Schmitt’s detailed research takes the form of a day-by-day journal, giving readers a feel for the change of the seasons and how nature adapts. Accentuating the text are whimsical pen-and-pencil illustrations by Margaret Campbell and Kimberleigh Martul-March depicting everything from a wide-mouthed short-horned sculpin to a curious snow bunting to seascapes.”

“…daybook format, with 365 entries and a wonderful biography…gentle easy prose…Schmitt adeptly controls a wide range of often-complex information from various disciplines…In the end, the quote by John Burroughs that opens the book says it all: ‘We crave the verse that shall give us the taste of salt spray upon our lips.’ Catherine Schmitt’s book is generous-it gives a great deal, and I hope she will treat us to a sequel. She has more to teach and we have more to learn.”

About the Author:

Catherine Schmitt is a science writer for the Maine Sea Grant College Program. She believes that combining science and art is an effective way to bring science to a wider audience.

Additional Information

Weight1.2 lbs
Dimensions8 x 10.00 x 1.524 in
Pages

256

Illustrator

Kimberleigh Martul- March, Margaret Campbell

ISBN

978-0-88448-303-8

Format

Paperback

Author

Catherine Schmitt

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