By Mark S. Garland, John Anderton
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Mid-Atlantic Coast 178 Page viii 11. C. 195 Epilogue 225 Appendix 1. A Beginning Naturalist's Reference Library 227 Appendix 2. Conservation Organizations, Nature Centers, Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and Related Resources 229 Appendix 3. Common and Scientific Names of Plants and Animals 238 References 249 Index 257 Page ix PREFACE This book is a love story. It's an expression of my love of exploring nature in the region I call home, the mountains from West Virginia to Pennsylvania, the coast from southern New Jersey through Virginia, and many places inbetween.
The box turtle is the only common turtle of our region that regularly travels far from water. Through most of the mid-Atlantic, the painted turtle is the species most commonly seen basking on floating logs and other debris in quiet ponds and marshes. Red-bellied sliders are often found with painted turtles in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Harder to find are the eastern mud turtle, spotted turtle, river cooter, and stinkpot. These turtles spend most of their time under the water and hidden from view, rarely basking in the open.
Fox squirrels are larger than gray squirrels and far less common in this area. One subspecies is endangeredthe Delmarva fox squirrel, which is only found east of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Red squirrels are smaller than gray squirrels and far less common, though good numbers may be found in the conifer forests of our highest mountains. Southern flying squirrels are common and widespread, but not often seen because of their strictly nocturnal habits. Eastern chipmunks, abundant forest dwellers, are the smallest member of the squirrel family in eastern North America.
Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History by Mark S. Garland, John Anderton