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Martha’s Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature

by Suzan Bellincampi

In this guidebook, author Suzan Bellincampi takes you both on the favorite Island trails and behind the scenes in what the natural Vineyard has to offer. She even explains how the Vineyard was formed by glaciers moving across the land, and the clues to the past those massive ice forms left behind.

The book has trail guides to six of her favorite walks on the Island, with specific directions and what you can see along the way. It also includes sketches of the flora and fauna on the Vineyard, to help you recognize all the plants and animals that call the Island home. The text is accompanied by beautiful Island photographs and illustrations. (Mass Audubon)

Suzan’s first book, Martha’s Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature, was published in 2014 by Vineyard Stories.

The Boston Globe named it one of the “Best Books of New England for 2014.”

Pick up a copy at Felix Neck’s Shop

The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard

by Suzan Bellincampi

Let Suzan Bellincampi, Director of Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, introduce you to the beauty and wonder of Martha’s Vineyard in this collection of her best nature writing.

These entertaining, informative and delightful essays originally appeared in the All Outdoors column of the Vineyard Gazette. Stunning full-color photographs by Island photographer Tim Johnson illustrate the book. Bellincampi, an expert naturalist, covers history, art and local lore as well as including stories of amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, sea life and more. A wonderful gift for those who love the island and those who want to know more! (Mass Audubon)

Purchase locally at Felix Neck’s shop, or click on the link below to order through MassAudubon

Meeting of Land and Sea

Meeting of Land and Sea

by David Foster

Full of surprises, bedecked with gorgeous photographs and maps, and supported by unprecedented historical and ecological research, this book awakens a new perspective on the renowned New England island Martha’s Vineyard. David Foster explores the powerful natural and cultural forces that have shaped the storied island to arrive at a new interpretation of the land today and a well-informed guide to its conservation in the future.

Two decades of research by Foster and his colleagues at the Harvard Forest encompass the native people and prehistory of the Vineyard, climate change and coastal dynamics, colonial farming and modern tourism, as well as land planning and conservation efforts. Each of these has helped shape the island of today, and each also illuminates possibilities for future caretakers of the island’s ecology. Foster affirms that Martha’s Vineyard is far more than just a haven for celebrities, presidents, and moguls; it is a special place with a remarkable history and a population with a proud legacy of caring for the land and its future. (Yale University Press)