Long Island Nature

Your starting place for learning about and exploring the natural world of Long Island, with contributions from leading naturalists.

Read the Foreword by Carl Safina here.

Read John Turner's Introduction here.

Check out the Table of Contents here.

Here are some sample chapters:

Spring Wildflowers

Plants that Eat Animals

The Waters around Us

Southbound Shorebirds

Feathered Denizens


Reviews & Interviews



Plum Island Preservation Project



Exploring the Other Island:
A Seasonal Guide to Nature on Long Island

by John Turner

Second Edition, completely revised and expanded.

cover John Turner's Exploring the Other Island is an invaluable guide to the natural wonders of Long Island. One of the area's premier naturalists, Turner takes us on a breathtaking tour of the natural wonders that surround us: birds, plants, animals, and more. The first edition was widely hailed, and this new, greatly expanded and revised edition is even more enticing. If you spend any time outdoors, you won't want to be without it.


Praise for
Exploring the Other Island


More than a singularly effective guide, the book as a whole presents a profound case for the preservation of the natural island—for our sake, as well as that of our cohabitants. Inspired concept. Highly recommended!
— George Plimpton, on the first edition


John Turner makes you an expert on Long Island’s natural treasures by supplying the what, where, and when needed for personal appreciation of the island’s greatest gifts.
— Richard Amper, Executive Director, Pine Barrens Society


I’ve long considered John Turner the expert of experts, the all-around most experienced, most knowledgeable, and most devoted person I know with regard to scientifically appreciating, lucidly explaining, and effectively helping protect this fish-shaped island.… There is no more companionable guide, no more insightful teacher.… And because many of the species he describes live elsewhere too, this book is useful over a wide swath of the coastal northeast.
— Carl Safina, author and president, Blue Ocean Institute


Hikers, birders, paddlers, naturalists - anyone who enjoys Long Island's natural places - will find John Turner is an invaluable guide. It's great to see this classic back in print.!
— Mike Bottini, author of Exploring East End Waters



© 2011 John Turner, Harbor Electronic Publishing