“A singularly effective guide. Inspired
concept. Highly recommended!” George Plimpton noted on the first edition
of John Turner’s classic guide to the natural world of Long Island.
Now Turner, one of New York’s most knowledgeable and eloquent naturalists,
has produced a new edition, greatly expanded and thoroughly updated.
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
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.
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.