Paper $21.95 ISBN: 9781611687712 Published February 2015

The House on Ipswich Marsh

Exploring the Natural History of New England

William Sargent

The House on Ipswich Marsh

William Sargent

Distributed for University Press of New England

160 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $21.95 ISBN: 9781611687712 Published February 2015
In 2003, Bill Sargent bought a big pink house in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His home sits on what is known as the Great Marsh, a fascinating patch of wetland shared by Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Sargent received a grant to study some of the rare and endangered ground-nesting birds that inhabit the public land adjacent to his property. Ipswich Marsh is about these birds, but much else as well. Organized by the seasons of the year, The House on Ipswich Marsh features Sargent’s trademark interplay of information about the natural world, ecology, and politics. In “Spring,” the reader learns about the geological history of the Marsh; the migration patterns of bobolinks; the courtship flights of woodcocks; ticks and Lyme disease; the mating of horseshoe crabs and the underwater arrival of zooplankton, fish eggs, and moon jellyfish. “Summer” introduces plate tectonics and glaciers; sea level rise and glacial rebound; diving at night among lobsters and stone crabs; a day on Crane’s Beach; and a bike trip on Argilla Road. “Autumn” illuminates fishing; the natural and cultural history of Hog Island; harvest time on Appelton Farm; and a Native American Thanksgiving. “Winter” describes the formation of dunes and sandbars; the mating behavior of seals; coyote hunting deer at night; and a late-winter blizzard in which Sargent spies a red-tailed hawk, waiting, like the author, for the return of spring.
Contents
Introduction: The Pink House (April 23, 2004) • PART I: SPRING - Spring Dawn: An Awakening (May 4, 2003) • Return of the Bobolinks (May 4, 2003) • Smith Island (June 9, 2003) • PART II: SUMMER - Crane’s Beach (July 1, 2003) • The Paine House (July 27, 2003) • The Matriarch: A Time of Rapid Change (August 27, 2003) • In Suspect Terrane: A Billion Years, in One Short Paddle (August 27, 2003) • Hog Island (September 17, 2003) • PART III: AUTUMN - Crane’s Beach (July 1, 2003) • Autumn Migrations (October 15, 2003) • Man and Coyotes (October 30, 2003) • Ipswich Clams (November 19, 2003) • The Deer Hunt (December 5, 2003) • PART IV: WINTER - Why the New England Patriots Beat the Miami Dolphins: A Tale of Snow, Cold, and Mitochondria (December 8, 2003) • Coping with Winter (January 19, 2004) • The Magnolias of Ravenswood Park (February 18, 2004) • A New View of Nature, A New View for Ipswich: The New England Biolabs Campus (February 23, 2004) • PART V: CONCLUSIONS - The Big Night (March 31, 2004) • Local Heroes (April 11, 2004) • Index
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