A lavishly illustrated and long-overdue guidebook to the rich natural history of Long Island Sound and its coastlines, a region beloved by millions of people Long Island Sound consists of a diverse collection of unique marine, estuarine, and terrestrial ecosystems located in one of the most densely populated regions in the United States. The Sound and its coastlines are home not only to myriad species of plants and animalsfrom shorebirds and turtles to whales, seals, and fishbut also to more than twenty million people. Until now there has been no one-stop reference for those interested in exploring the Sounds rich natural history. Author, photographer, and scientific illustrator Patrick Lynch has filled this gap. Brimming with maps, photographs, and drawings, Lynchs guide introduces readers to the full breadth of the Sounds environs from shorelines to deepest waters. With coastal areas at particular risk from climate change and pollution, his timing couldnt be better. Whether readers are interested in the areas geology and meteorology, its history of human intervention, or simply locating nature reserves and bird sanctuaries, theyre sure to find Lynchs compendium indispensable.