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A Guide to the Natural History of The Bahamas

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In 2019, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) celebrates its 60th Birthday. Coinciding with this milestone, is the release of a field guide – The Natural History of The Bahamas.

Focused on terrestrial flora and fauna, many of the diverse and striking fungi, plants and animals of the Bahamian archipelago (Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands) are described and illustrated with photos. The book is inspired by the authors’ work with Bahamian students, and the interest of visitors, Bahamians, and conservation organizations in natural history and conservation.

The book is inspired by the authors’ work with Bahamian students, and the interest of visitors, Bahamians, and conservation organizations in natural history and conservation.

The book includes an overview of the geological, biological, and conservation history of the archipelago and highlights the unique aspects and ecology of terrestrial species found in the archipelago in an accessible single volume. More than 500 commonly seen and endemic terrestrial fungal, plant and animal species are shown in photos, each accompanied by text detailing key identification characteristics, distribution, and notes on their behavior and conservation status; a few culturally important marine and aquatic species are also described.

More than 500 commonly seen and endemic terrestrial fungal, plant and animal species are shown in photos, each accompanied by text detailing key identification characteristics, distribution, and notes on their behavior and conservation status; a few culturally important marine and aquatic species are also described.

The Natural History of The Bahamas will appeal to naturalists, conservationists, students, and scientists. There is an extensive reference section for those seeking more in-depth information.

 The book could not have been written without the rich background of research, education and conservation work conducted in the archipelago by many. The authors have incorporated knowledge gained from these efforts, and their own efforts, and distilled this large body of information to the book’s content.

The authors have incorporated knowledge gained from these efforts, and their own efforts, and distilled this large body of information to the book’s content.

The authors have also worked and travelled extensively in the archipelago: Dave Currie, Joe Wunderle and Dave Ewert have all worked on training and research projects focused on bird conservation in the archipelago for many years; Ethan Freid is chief botanist at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve on Eleuthera and a leading authority on the Bahamas flora; and Jean Lodge is a leading authority on Caribbean fungi. Naturalists and scientists throughout the region generously donated their high quality photos and Bahamian natural history authorities reviewed all aspects of the book. 

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Dr. Dave Currie is a former Field Director of Kirtland’s Warbler Research and Training Project, The Bahamas, and former adjunct Research Wildlife Biologist with International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service.

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