National Geographic : 1973 Jun
Mr. Fisher's words, "release... freedom-a closeness to nature." They sometimes find a traffic jam: Near Manasquan, New Jersey, 6,000 craft crept under one railroad bridge in a recent 12-hour holiday period. But, re ports the author from the helm of the 43-foot motor-sailer Andromeda, you find astonishing stretches of pure wilderness along the Intra coastal Waterway-the tidal marshes of Geor gia, for example, where a sea of grass reaches for the horizon like a tawny African plain. Just a placid, unadventuresome ditch? Try groping around Cape May in a woolly fog. Or brave North Carolina's Neuse River or Al bemarle Sound aboard Andromeda when a blue norther whistles down! You'll be glad to dock at Florida's glittering cities by the sea. A Marine Corps sergeant major in Cali fornia, concerned over the growing peril to America's wildlife, wrote the Special Publica tions Division urging, "Please add your voice to those of our great naturalists!" We reply with Vanishing Wildlife of North America, fourth of the current series, by Geographic editor-writer Thomas B. Allen. In the 1920's, Tom Allen reports, the grace ful Everglade kite skimmed over nearly every freshwater marsh in Florida. After decades of draining and hunting, however, scarcely 15 of these birds survived by the 1960's. Federal Wildlife Biologist Paul W. Sykes, Jr., today can vouch for 34-the number he has banded. 867 BOTHBYJAMESL. AMOS In quiet beauty or beneath roaring bridges of Manhat tan, the Inland Waterway reflects the life of the eastern U. S. On the 2,000-mile voy age-Massachusetts to Flor ida-we see lobstering at Martha's Vineyard (below) and school days on a Chesa peake Bay island (above).