- John Turner
, one of New York's most knowledgeable and eloquent naturalists, has produced a new edition, greatly expanded and thoroughly updated "Exploring the Other Island: A Seasonal Guide to Nature on Long Island."
With more than 80 photos by leading nature photographers and 24 line drawings by artist Maria T. Hoffman
, the new edition offers a rich experience of the "Other" Long Island - the one far removed from the malls and highways, developments and office parks. It's remarkable that so much of the natural world remains to explore in this limited space that is also home to nearly eight million people (as well the native fauna Turner so affectionately describes).
Turner discusses nearly 300 species of flora and fauna that call Long Island home - an abundance that is due in no small part to the island's unusually varied ecology.
As prize-winning conservationist Carl Safina
notes in his feisty Preface:
"On Long Island a ride of less than an hour gets you into conifer woods, oak forests, rivers, woods, shallow bays, brackish waters, that exceptionally big, deep estuary called Long Island Sound, the great bright ribbon of the outer beaches that run toward sunrise, and the reared-up, jutting jaw of land called Montauk, and to the foaming doorstep of the great world ocean. Try that in Montana!"
'Exploring the Other Island' offers 41 chapters and 14 additional essays divided by season. But it is also truly a guidebook. Each section concludes with notes on "Where to see what has been discussed, and When." The Index of Species is a valuable reference. The Index of Locations lists a remarkable 116 local, county, state, and national parks and other destinations. If you find yourself, for example, in Caumsett State Park just turn to the Locations Index to discover what to look for. There are also four appendixes to guide you to further study.
, Executive Director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, has this to say about the book:
"John Turner makes you an expert on Long Island's natural treasures by supplying the what, where, and when needed for personal appreciation of the Island's greatest gifts."
About The Author
Retired Director of the Division of Environmental Protection for the Town of Brookhaven, Turner also teaches at Stony Brook University. He was a co-founder of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society and recipient of Newsday's
"Everyday Hero" award for his long-standing commitment to environmental protection. He is a prolific author whose articles have appeared in numerous magazines devoted to natural history. He lives in Massapequa Park with his wife Georgia, son Travis, and two springer spaniels - Molly and Spunky.
"Exploring the Other Island: A Seasonal Guide to Nature on Long Island" is published by Harbor Electronic Publishing, 270 pages, and is available in eBook formats. The book will be releasd February 21.
For more information call 631-725-9513.