I just finished reading "The Atlantic Coast - A Natural History" by Harry Thurston. Probably the best book I have read about the east coast of North America from Cape Hatteras NC to Cape Chidley Labrador. To quote from the introduction: "...this book includes chapters on the geological origins of this region, the major forest realms that clothe the coast, and the mosaic of freshwater and marine ecosystems found there. It also describes, in intriguing detail, the plants and animals native to each of these habitats." The book's photography also puts it in a class by itself. Just spectacular. Highly recommended for all you naturalists (and non-naturalists) out there.
-- Jack Price
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The Well-Read Naturalist