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The Living Gulf Coast: A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida
By Charles Sobczak

Reviewed By Nyleen Rodriguez

One more time, I have been asked to read and introduce you to a nature book. This one is called “The Living Gulf Coast: A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida” and, as the title sounds, the book is about everything nature related that you could find in the southwest section of our state. Written by Charles Sobczak, the book is easy to read for many reasons.

First of all, the book is divided by sections, so you don’t have to go in any particular order. If you are a birder, you can concentrate on the section about birds, which is extremely comprehensive with 291 species of resident and migratory birds. The information offered ranges from common and scientific names, status of the bird, life span, measurements, where and when to find it and even which are common predators to the bird and their chicks. Besides that, Mr. Sobczak offers some history of the bird and he also has compiled beautiful pictures of each specimen, thanks to the help of several recognized photographers.

If you like other animals too, there are sections for reptiles and amphibians, as well as mammals. As I said before, the sections are well-labeled and organized by color so you know where you need to go at any given time while reading the book.

Finally, and logically, Mr.Sobczak takes us to the six counties that are located in Southwest Florida, and one by one, describes the possible destinations that one can find in each. From state and county parks to beaches and nature centers, it’s amazing the amount of places left to be discovered by us.

I truly invite you to consider acquiring this book and start traveling around our beautiful state. There is still a lot to see out there. Go out and explore!






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