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A richly illustrated full‑color guide to the unique plants, wildlife, and environments of Cape Cod and the other nearby “Outer Lands” that face the Atlantic Ocean
"A true gift to anyone who loves the Cape."—Provincetown Banner
This essential guidebook presents the most abundantly illustrated and fascinating account of the natural history of Cape Cod, its nearby islands, Block Island, the western coast of Rhode Island, and southeastern Long Island ever published.
Exploring the ecology and most common plants and animals of the various regional environments—beaches, dunes, salt marshes, heathlands, and coastal forests—the book also encompasses marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish offshore. For nature-loving local residents and visitors alike, this essential book will be a treasured resource.
About the Author
Patrick J. Lynch, retired senior digital officer in Yale University’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications, is an award‑winning illustrator, photographer, and artist and the author or coauthor of eight previous books. He lives in North Haven, CT.
"Patrick J. Lynch's field guide, published by Yale University Press, takes the full measure of the beloved Cape and surrounding islands like few other books before it."—Alan Bisbort, Republican-American (Connecticut)
"Patrick Lynch offers lovers of the Cape a whole new level of understanding and delight. . . . Gorgeous. . . . A fine book, and a true gift to anyone who loves the Cape."—Provincetown Banner
“Well-conceived and fresh, and written with obvious, deep affection for the region it covers.”—Matthew Pelikan, the Nature Conservancy
“Whether you are fascinated by sharks, sea turtles, shorebirds, plants, or coastal geology, Patrick Lynch’s informative field guide gives you a personal tour from Long Island to Cape Cod."—Mary Griffin, Mass Audubon Regional Director for Southeast, Cape and Islands
“An essential resource for every beach home and cottage, and for all those enthralled by the natural beauty of the Cape and Islands.”—Andrew Ashton, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
“I have just spent an afternoon thumbing through an incredible book that explains Cape Cod in a fashion that I have the extreme good fortune to see every day, both wandering through the Museum and its surrounding habitat. Patrick Lynch’s book is a reminder of just why Cape Cod is such a remarkable place.”—Robert F. Dwyer, President & Executive Director, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
"Wow! I’ve been on Cape Cod since 1976 as naturalist, writer and educator, and have collected every book on Cape Cod including Thoreau's. No book is as thorough or as well illustrated. Pat Lynch is a very talented author."—Phil Kyle, Cape Cod Times