Nor’easter in Town

May 20, 2009 at 7:18 am | Posted in Nature | Comments Off on Nor’easter in Town
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Today is day three of a powerful Nor’easter, that swirling, windy, rainy kind of storm that comes in off the ocean and lasts for three days, sometimes four. I live on the coast of a barrier island and experiencing a nor’easter from my home is a fascinating opportunity.

So far 8 inches of rain but no wind damage that I’ve seen along the coast. Waves driven high up on the beach are taking their usual toll of moving tons of sand and re-arranging some of the dunes. I’m wondering about the new sea turtle nests and their likely survival.

Weather forecasts show continuing 6-10 foot seas and steady winds of 20-25 mph, gusting higher. Thunderstorms are offshore, with slight movement toward the coast today. So, it’s going to be pretty much another day of inside activities and catching up on administrative tasks.

Just another beautiful day in paradise — without the sun. But, the good news is the drought conditions that prevailed earlier are now only a note in history.

Marine Life Series

April 9, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in Forthcoming Books | Comments Off on Marine Life Series
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Our “Marine Life Series” of nonfiction books is in production now, with three books underway. Sea Turtles at Risk , scheduled for a June 1, 2009 release, will examine the natural and human threats to loggerheads, greens, leatherbacks, Kemp’s ridleys, and hawksbills. Emphasis will focus on the role citizen volunteers play in helping to protect and preserve sea turtles, with special attention on the Volusia-Flagler Turtle Patrol in Florida.

The next two titles in the “Marine Life Series” will focus on North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), again with examination of volunteer efforts for both species.

Subsequent books in the Series will feature sharks, rays, manatees, jellyfish, crustaceans and other sea creatures, all presented with color photographs and in understandable and vivid terms suitable for both adult and young adult readers.

Our expectation is that our “Marine Life Series” will become the foundation for all those who seek a clear understanding of the oceans,  the roles played by all species, and the importance of their protection for the future.

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