At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast, by Caroline Fox, provides a comprehensive summary of the many marine birds found along the craggy coastline of British Columbia. It’s an area that bubbles with life. And, indeed, this is where the book shines: Caroline weaves the sounds, sights, and smells surrounding her into her well-researched bird science. At several points, I could practically feel the Achiever (Raincoast Conservation’s research sailing vessel) rolling under my feet, taste the salt spray on my face, and see rafts of birds collecting around the helm.
Seabirds are incredible creatures. And, as it turns out, they are integral to the healthy functioning of a coastal ecosystem. Without seabirds, our forests and our oceans, suffer. To me, this is the critical message that Dr. Fox conveys throughout her book.
There could be more sub-chapter breaks. It’s quite dense. And there’s some jargon, which can be both endearing but also tricky.
I love this book because I love seabirds and I love the coast. This book provides both in droves: lots of nerdy seabird information and evocative descriptors of BC’s rugged coastline.