Category: Coast Environments

Photo of Patrick Lynch.

About this site…

This is my personal site, mostly dedicated to my book projects. In the age of social media personal sites still have their uses, but this is not the best place to see what I'm up to on a daily basis. I'm most active on my personal Facebook page, which is entirely public. Feel free to “friend” ...

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A Field Guide to Long Island Sound

A lavishly illustrated guidebook to the rich natural history of Long Island Sound and its New York and Connecticut coastlines.

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A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico

A uniquely comprehensive guide to more than 600 species of fauna & flora along the coasts of the southeastern United States.

A map of Glacial Lake Connecticut.

Glacial Lake Connecticut map

For an upcoming book project I've been working with Ralph Lewis, the former Connecticut state geologist on making my LIS geology maps and figures more accurate. Lordship and Stratford Point stick out so far in the Sound because the area was a wedge (moraine and outwash river fan) between two giant ice sheet lobes, the Hudson ...

Least Sandpiper head studies, Photoshop.
Photoshop illustration of a Labrador Duck.

Labrador duck drake

Labrador Duck drake (Camptorhynchus labradorius), an extinct species that once wintered off the New England and mid-Atlantic coasts. Last seen alive in 1875. A reminder that we can lose whole species, and that we stand to lose many more in the next century if we don't change our ways very soon. Photoshop illustration.

Head detail of a Labrador Duck illustration.

Labrador Duck (detail)

  Labrador Duck drake (Camptorhynchus labradorius), head detail. Photoshop illustration.

Twisted sassafras tree trunks in a forest.

Sassafras trees

Sassafras tree trunks, Bluff Point State Park. I've always been fascinated by the strange, twisted forms of sassafras groves.  

Common Tern chicks and an egg in a nest on the beach.

Birth of a Common Tern

A sequence (on Flickr) of photos of a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) hatching from its egg. Shot in 1981 when I was a volunteer on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tern banding project on Falkner Island, off Guilford, Connecticut, U.S.A.

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Disruptive camouflage

When you look at a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) in isolation it looks boldly-striped—the antithesis of what you'd expect from an animal trying to blend into its background. But in natural settings the black-and-white stripes work very effectively to break up the silhouette of the bird, making it surprisingly hard to spot against the background. At Hammonsasset ...