With 140 animals of 40 species, the Turtle Back Zoo opened in 1963 as a seasonal childrenâs zoo. The community and county government brought the zoo to life, while the Essex County Park Commission administered its daily functions. With funds generated from the sale of land for highway development, architects and builders selected a fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen aesthetic for their theme. Once opened, Turtle Back Zoo was an instant success, and its popularity led to it becoming a year-round attraction that appealed to all ages. The family recreation experience came to include wildlife conservation education as well. In the early 2000s, the zoo was renovated, and a first-class animal hospital was built to serve the growing animal collection. The site is now recognized as a first-rate, modern zoo and is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
Once the center of a major commercial industry along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York, the American shad population in the river was almost destroyed in the mid-nineteenth century by the construction of dams. However, concerned citizens began rebuilding the shad population in 1950, and the continuing conservation efforts are proving successful in bringing the American shad back to the Susquehanna. This account of the rise, fall, and restoration of the shad population in the Susquehanna and its tributaries is a fascinating story of history, politics, technology, economics, sports, and environmentalism. It is also an inspiring tale of how human beings, once recognizing the damage they have done to the natural environment, can work to overcome the despoliation they have caused.
Drawing on state archives, government land records, private property deeds, early newspaper reports, and other primary documents, Richard Gerstell shows what an integral part the American shad has played in the cultural history of the people living in the Susquehanna River basin through three centuries. Detailed accounts of the once-thriving shad fishing industry include descriptions of scores of wagons regularly seen waiting for shad at fisheries along the river, fishermen occasionally killed in fights over fishing places, sanitary problems at city and riverbank fisheries, shore and island hotels built for fishermen and fish purchasers, shad-funded votes in state elections, and even shad recipes.
Gerstell also describes the adverse effects of dams and illegal fishing devices on the shad population and, drawing on records of the Susquehanna River Anadromous Fish Restoration Committee, covers: the early studies of the suitability of the river for shad restoration; artificial propagation of shad eggs obtained from outside the state; stocking of mature shad; construction of fishways; and analysis of the prospects for years ahead.
Over 2,100 species are illustrated in all their major forms: male, female, immature or geographical varieties. The test covers the important identification points, where the species is likely to be found on a reef and where it is found in the world, with an introduction to the habitat and how to identify fish in the wild. Important identification characteristics are also highlighted on every plate. This is the first book that enables divers and snorkellers to identify the inhabitants of coral reefs - wherever they are in the world.
Visit territory such as the House of Reformation at City Point and the Home for the Feeble-minded at City Point. Explore the Perkins Institute for the Blind, relocated in the former Mount Washington House in 1839. City Point boasts its own attractions, such as the old aquarium, designed by William Downer Austin; the Head House, designed by Edmund March Wheelwright; and a spectacular view from Castle Island. With more than 200 photographs, Anthony Sammarco probes yet deeper into the history of South Boston. A well-known local historian, Sammarco is a resident of Milton and the author of over twenty different titles. His extensive knowledge of the Greater Boston area promises a thorough guide to the city's most fascinating landmarks and inhabitants.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago will lead you through the best attractions the city has to offer, including fully illustrated coverage of all the major sights from Lincoln Park Zoo to the Art Institute of Chicago. The fully updated guide includes unique illustrated cutaways, floor plans, and reconstructions of the city's architecture, plus a pull-out city map clearly marked with attractions from the guidebook and an easy-to-use street index.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago provides all the insider tips you need, whether you're shopping on Michigan Avenue, enjoying the rides at the Navy Pier funfair, taking in the view from the Sears Tower, or exploring the areas outside the city. Detailed listings will guide you to hotels, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and shopping for all budgets. Street maps to guide you through the city, with reliable information on getting around.
With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago truly shows you this city as no one else can.