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Island Naturalist


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Island Naturalist

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Island Naturalist


By Kathie Fiveash

Winner of the 2015 Maine Literary Award – John N. Cole Award for Maine – themed nonfiction. Island Naturalist was chosen by the Cole family for this award from 17 entries.

Naturalist Kathie Fiveash lives on sparsely populated Isle au Haut, six miles off the Downeast Maine coast and writes a column called “Island Naturalist” for Island Ad-Vantages, the local weekly newspaper. This book is a compilation of four years of published columns, 69 in all, with 37 beautiful color photographs by local photographers. Season by season, explore with her the flora and fauna of the rocky shores, spruce forests, bogs, meadows, clam flats, ponds, streams, marshes and ocean of coastal Maine.

Kathie writes: “This book is one of the fruits of a lifetime of interest in the natural world….Writing about nature is one way for me to encourage environmental awareness and maybe even activism….I hope the book will be a reference that will help you to explore your own connections to this wild, beautiful, and unique place that is the coast of Maine."

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Island Naturalist

By Kathie Fiveash

Join naturalist Kathie Fiveash as she explores the natural history of a Maine island—Isle au Haut in East Penobscot Bay—season by season over the course of a year.

Publisher: Penobscot Books, a division of Penobscot Bay Press, Inc.
Printer: 360 Digital Books, a division of Whitlock Business Systems, Inc., Madison Heights, Michigan
Publish Date: 2014
Edition: Reissued June 2015 with updated cover
Features: 37 color photographs by local photographers
Dimensions: 7” x 9”
Pages: 226
ISBN: 978-0-941238-18-2
Library of Congress Control Number: 2014942229
Genre: Nature, Non-fiction