The Northwest Coastal Explorer: Your Guide to the Places, Plants, and Animals of the Pacific Coast (Paperback)
Who doesn’t like a trip to the beach? Gaze at the ocean, walk along the sand, look for sea lions, watch the sunset; it all sounds good to me. The Northwest Coastal Explorer will give you information to make your next beach vacation even more interesting. The photography is gorgeous! It is divided into segments on Coastal Forests, Rocky Shores and Tide Pools, Sand Beaches, Nearshore, Rivers, and Estuaries from Northern California through Canada’s British Columbia. Each section gives a wealth of information on what to expect in that zone. Roosevelt Elk, as pictured browsing, can be found in the coastal forests. Rough Skinned Newts are cute little critters found in boggy areas of the coastal forests but they are best left alone as they are poisonous. I enjoyed the picture of the brown pelican on page 167, I have always enjoyed watching pelicans and it is good to know a little more about them. In the nearshore segment read about California grey whales, orca, sea otters and other marine mammals and birds. Throughout, The Northwest Coastal Explorer gives an abundance of information on the various coastal environments and how best to enjoy them. Learn about the plants, animals, climate, and tidal forces. Included is a getaway guide with spectacular pictures on great places along the coast to go. The book concludes with safety recommendations and lists of equipment to best enjoy your beach experience.— Deon Stonehouse
"Part field guide, part travel guide, Steelquist writes with the authoritative voice of that friend you want next to you on the trail or in the dunes--the one who knows just where to go for a weekend getaway and what to pack for the Pacific Northwest's unpredictable weather." --Portland Monthly
Millions of visitors explore the magnificent coastline of the Pacific Northwest and all that it provides--unique plant life, easy-to-find animals, and magical places. The Northwest Coastal Explorer is a fun, engaging, lushly-illustrated guide to the marine life of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Profiles of the flora and fauna include tips on where and how to find them--like the ochre sea stars commonly discovered on exposed rocks and the olive snails found on sandy beaches--while the included getaway guide highlights the best weekend trips for each area.