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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures [Imitation Leather]

Norman A. Meinkoth
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Dec 12 1981 National Audubon Society Field Guides
Each of the 690 identification pictures is a full-color photograph of a seashore creature. Arrangement by shape and by color makes identification quick and easy. 666 species are covered in full detail.

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By Shredda
Format:Imitation Leather
I live in North Carolina and catch and keep a lot of Invertebrates we we go to the beach. So far, every Invert that we've caught has been in this book, easy to find and we found out alot about it by reading. Anyone who sees something cool at the beach often should get this book. In fact, it's a Must-Have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Nature Watchers April 2 2000
By Mike
Format:Imitation Leather
I found out about Marine creatures in my Marine Bio. class, and I loved them, so I got this book to further my looking into their world, and it's great. A must have for any person interested in going to the seashore, and just watching what runs around in those tidepools and on the beach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 29 2000
Format:Imitation Leather
Anyone who has used the National Audubon's Field Guides knows just how great they are. This one is no exception. Great picture plates and acccurate descriptions of organisms. For the biologist to the beach hopper, this book is easy to use and very informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for the Basics Aug. 17 2001
Format:Imitation Leather
I think that all of North Americas sea shore critters can not be described in a single book. Certainly not in a book of this size. The publishers where quite bold in the scope and as such much information has been left out. That said let me tell you what is good about this book. The pictures are GREAT! Much better than looking at technical drawings. However, they are not better for identification. The descriptions of animal groups are excellent. For the person with little biological background this will go a good way toward explaining the complexities of ocean life. The method of identification, sorting by superficial appearance is handy, again for the inexperienced. To sum it up, if you want one book to carry during your first summer of beach combing get this one. If you need a companion for a marine zoology class stay away, unless you already have everything else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for the Basics Aug. 17 2001
By Currahee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Imitation Leather
I think that all of North Americas sea shore critters can not be described in a single book. Certainly not in a book of this size. The publishers where quite bold in the scope and as such much information has been left out. That said let me tell you what is good about this book. The pictures are GREAT! Much better than looking at technical drawings. However, they are not better for identification. The descriptions of animal groups are excellent. For the person with little biological background this will go a good way toward explaining the complexities of ocean life. The method of identification, sorting by superficial appearance is handy, again for the inexperienced. To sum it up, if you want one book to carry during your first summer of beach combing get this one. If you need a companion for a marine zoology class stay away, unless you already have everything else.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good field guide and beautiful picture book May 30 2005
By Hallstatt Prince - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Imitation Leather
Perhaps I am going overboard in giving this guide a five star review but even a book with an adequate selection of color photos of marine invertebrates is just so darn beautiful I can't help but cause me to rave and this bok offers a selection that is more than just adequate. There is no way one can include all of the seashore creatures of US into one volume let alone a field guide and Audubon guides are not the best things to use for taxonomy. That being said it is a gorgeous little book and certainly helpful to the average beachcomber. Even if you are a Midwestern landlubber this is a great little volume. If nothing else consider it a mini coffee table book.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Nature Watchers April 2 2000
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Imitation Leather
I found out about Marine creatures in my Marine Bio. class, and I loved them, so I got this book to further my looking into their world, and it's great. A must have for any person interested in going to the seashore, and just watching what runs around in those tidepools and on the beach.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Frosted Flakes are grrrrrreat, this is so much better April 8 2002
By Shredda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Imitation Leather
I live in North Carolina and catch and keep a lot of Invertebrates we we go to the beach. So far, every Invert that we've caught has been in this book, easy to find and we found out alot about it by reading. Anyone who sees something cool at the beach often should get this book. In fact, it's a Must-Have.
Shredda Out
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a decent and durable field guide Dec 31 2007
By Matt Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Imitation Leather
As with all the Audubon Field Guides, so too with this one. The color plates are the best in the "field" of field guides; these photos are indispensible for anyone who loves to beachcomb or investigate tidepools.

The durable leatherette cover and heavy duty book binding make this a book that can easily stand up to alot of wear and tear.

The descriptive information is good; where the text starts to show deficiencies is in the Range, Habitat, and Comments sections of each species. The information tends to be vague and merely glosses over critical facts that should be included. I can only assume it's the usual story of the editors not having enough space to include more relevant information.

The index is cross-referenced to the color plates; this is a big plus when out in the field attempting to do identifications. As far as a good tool to increase one's knowledge of the natural world, this field guide is helpful and deserves a place in any naturalist's library.

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