The Living Gulf Coast is the first comprehensive nature guide to Florida’s Southwest region. The book covers six counties: Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry. There are more than 160 parks, preserves and eco-destinations covered in this work, with sixty-one of them described in great detail. The second edition includes three new and exciting eco-destinations: Celery Fields in Sarasota County, Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area in Hendry County and C’mon – The Golisano Children Museum of Naples in Collier County.
Not only does the book describe these outstanding destinations, it covers all the major birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians found throughout the region. The bird section includes 291 species with 120 of the most commonly encountered birds described in exacting detail. It also includes all the major mammals and eighty-eight snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians found in the unique ecosystems of Southwest Florida. With more than 600 full-color photographs of wildlife from some of Florida’s best photographers
including Alan Maltz, Richard Fortune, Sara Lopez and RJ Wiley, this book is a visual delight.
With detailed descriptions of the various regional campgrounds, rivers and parks this is an essential tool for exploring everywhere the natural world from the Florida Everglades to the aquarium at Mote Marine. This book is an absolute “must have” for any nature lover, birder, biker, hiker, kayaker, canoeist or naturalist planning to visit or living in Southwest Florida.
The book won the Gold Medal Award in 2011 from the Florida Publishers Association. It won for the Best Adult Non-Fiction published by independent presses that year. It was also featured on C-SPAN in April of 2014. With more than 30 five star reviews on Amazon and a four and half star rating on Good Reads this is a title that has a proven track record as a top-shelf nature guide to Southwest Florida.
ISBN 978-098296747-8 / Original Publication date: 2011 / Second Edition Publication date: 2020 / List price: $26.95 / Website price: $30.00 including tax (note: we only ship at this price to the lower 48 States).