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LINKS to other Beachcomb, Sea Glass and Coastal Science Sites

Below is a compilation of resources I refer to most often in my own research. Please feel free to email me other resources you find helpful and I’ll check them out. Also, if the book or website’s purpose is more commercially-oriented – like many sea glass sites - then it is not included in this compendia. if you are interested in those sites, Google Etsy, Ebay or the internet where you will find a plethora of sea glass products and information).

BEACH BOOKS (for the spirit)
BEACHCOMBING (in general)
BEACH SCIENCE
BEACH TREASURES
  Coins and Metal
  Fossils
  Pottery
  Sand
  Sea Beans (Drift Seeds) 
  Sea Glass, Bottles and Fishing Floats
  Shells
  Stones and Fossils
  Misc. Treasures
GEO-SITES national
GEO-SITES International
MUSEUMS to VISIT
ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER (Video Clips)


BEACH BOOKS  (for the spirit)
Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Beachcombing at Miramar: The Quest for an Authentic Life, Richard Bode
The Star Thrower, Loren Eiseley
An Island to Myself, Tom Neale
A Walk on the Beach, Joan Anderson
A Beachcomber’s Odyssey: Treasures from a Collected Past, S. Deacon Ritterbush


BEACHCOMBING (General)
Beachcomber’s Alert

Climate Change

BEACH EDUCATION and ECOLOGY
Berrill, N.J. and Jacquelyn, 1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore,
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1957

Trefil, James S., A Scientist at the Shore, Collier Books, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1984

The Beachcomber’s Companion is an educational project sponsored by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Virginia Institute of Marine Science -This web site links to several websites featuring information about marine invertebrates.

NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program’s Online Marine Life Field Guild offers information on marine species found in US marine sanctuaries.

A Picture Guide to Shelf Invertebrates from the Northern Gulf of Mexico  An online picture guide to Invertebrates of the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Ocean Globe UCLA - This site offers information, charts, and marine invertebrates lesson plans for middle and high school students.

How People Affect Ocean Animals and Plants National Geographic explores this topic with activities and resources for classroom participation.

The Nature Conservancy

American Shore and Beach Preservation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Living Lands and Waters

Riverkeepers

Surfrider Foundation

Save Our Beach

Sustainable Nantucket

eNature

Great Barrier Reef - Marine Park Authority / Australia

Gulf of Maine Research Institute 

Enchanted Learning  (One of my favorite sites. Informative for both adults and kids.)

BEACH TREASURES

COINS & METALS
Treasure Enterprises an excellent source on the discovery, identification, and cleaning of coins

FOSSILS
Fossils of Calvert Cliffs , Ashby, Wallace L.; Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 1979

Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States, Burns, Jasper; Johns Hopkins University press, Baltimore/London, 1991

Instructional site on the formation of fossils and petrified wood

Fossils, Finds & Facts

The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom

Fossil Identification

POTTERY
Identifying Antique China Patterns


Chinese Export Porcelain


The Museum of Ceramic Arts, Liverpool, Ohio


SAND
A Grain of Sand: Nature’s Secret Wonder, by Gary Greenberg and Stacy Keach

SEA BEANS
Seabeans of the Tropics, Perry, Ed L. and Dennis, John V; Kreiger Publishing, 2003

www.beachbeans.com/bean_descriptions.html


10 Florida Beaches

SEA GLASS, BOTTLES & FISHING FLOATS
American Bottles, Ketchum, William C., A Rutledge Book, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis/NY, 1975

The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors
Source site for info on old bottles, bottle shows and fishing floats

Glass Bottle Marks 

Pure Sea Glass, LaMotte, Richard; Chesapeake Sea Glass Publishing, Inc., Chestertown, Md. 2004


SEA GLASS ON-LINE COMMUNITIES

Sea Glass Journal  

North American Sea Glass Association

An odd mix of sea glass and technology – good reference site for sea glass sites/events 

SeaGlass Lovers – the oldest and largest sea glass community site http://seaglasslovers.ning.com

Sea Glass Chronicles 

Fishing Floats
Offers a selection of books on fishing floats and beachcombing in the PNW: 

The Glass Museum



SHELLS
A Collector’s Guide to Seashells of the World, Eisenberg, Jerome M. 
McGraw-Hill Book Company, N.Y., 1981

Guide to Shells of the World, Oliver, A.P.H.; A Firefly Book, Buffalo, N.Y., 2004

Shells, Dance, S. Peter; A Dorling Kindersley Handbook, N.Y., 1992

Shells, Arthur, Alex; Eyewitness Books, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1989

Shells, Cassie, Brian; National Audubon Society First Field Guide, Scholastic, Inc., 2000

Shells, Douglass, Jackie Leatherbury, Peterson’s First Guides, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1989

Seashore, Parker, Steve, Eyewitness Books, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1989

Layman’s Guide To Amateur Seashell Collecting, Conchologists of America. Good information on cleaning shells and sea urchins.

Florida’s Seashells: A Beachcomber’s Guide, Witherington, Blair and Dawn, Pineapple Press, 

STONES 
Cape Cod’s Magic Quartz Pebbles, Odale, Robert N.; The Cape Naturalist, 1997, pp 44-45

Beach Stones, Iselin, Josie and Carruthers, Margaret W.; Harry N. Abrams, Inc. NY, 2006

Oregon Agate Club 

MISCELLANY
LEGOS Ashore! 

MUDLARKING  

TJIPETIR rubber blocks 

GEO-SITES
(United States)
General 

Alaska 

Maine 
This site, maintained by the Oceanside Meadows Institute for the Arts and Sciences (Prospect Harbor, Maine) features excellent introductory information about Maine’s coastal habitats and their inhabitants.

Mid-Atlantic Region
Beach-Net is geared for visitors to the Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia coasts, but this checklist for beachcombers is appropriate at any beach.

New Jersey  
New Jersey Scuba Diver’s Marine Biology Page.
Information on NJ beaches with helpful tips on beachcombing and being at the beach with kids.

Oregon 
Northwest Coast, Romantic Oregon Coast
Excellent research on beachcombing techniques, treasures to find, and beaches to go to.

Virginia - Assateague Island Sand Dollars

GEO-SITES
(International)
British Virgin Islands 

Puerto Rico: Sea Glass combing in Vogues: 

MUSEUMS
Best Museum Locator Site: 

Connecticut
Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Green Manville Ave, Mystic, CT 06355


 (860) 572-0711 

Delaware
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum, 708 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island
888-743-5524 

Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE. (302) 645-1148 

Treasures of the Sea Museum, at Delaware Technical Community College, 18800 Seashore Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947 302-856-5700  

District of Columbia
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW 20560 (fossils, shells)

National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. 
 (Indian artifacts, including spear tips, arrowheads)

Florida
Baily-Mathews Shell Museum, Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel 33957
 (Shells)

McLarty Treasure Museum, Sebastian Inlet StatePark, Sebastian Inlet, FLA. 772-589-2147 
(shipwreck treasure)

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society and Museum, 200 Greene Street, Key West 33040 (Pirate booty, 16th-19c shipwreck artifacts)

Hawai’i
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, 27-717 Old Mamalohoa Hwy, Onomea, Big Island 
(sugar plantation artifacts, drift seeds, sea shells)

Maryland
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons Island 20688
(Miocene fossils, manmade/summer colony artifacts)

Massachusetts
Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwoch, MA

New York
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West and 79th Street, New York City
(shells, fossils)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, NY
(porcelain, metals,

Corning Glass Museum, Corning, N.Y.


North Carolina
Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum, 4008 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959 Open sporadically. Check times. 

Oregon
North Lincoln Historical Society, Lincoln City ,OR.
 (fishing floats)

Washington
Burke Museum of Natural History, U. of Washington, Seattle, Wa. 
(fossils, Native American Artifacts, shells)

Museum of the North Beach, 4658 State Rte. 109, Moclips, Wa. (360)276-4441
(fishing floats, beach plastics, a variety of beach artifacts)

Coastal Interpretive Center, Ocean Shores, WA. 

John’s Beachcomber Museum, 143 Andersonville Ave., Forks, WA.
(360) 640-0320 Message him on Facebook to set up a tour

England
The British Museum, London
(mudlark treasures including buttons, coins, pipes, toys)

Herne Bay Museum, Fire Station/High St, Herne Bay CT6 5NG, UK




Scotland
Café Wemyss in Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery.
(Scottish spongeware)

Netherlands
Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum 



ARMCHAIR TRAVELER (video clips)

FISHING FLOATS 
Beachcombing Japanese Glass Balls along the North Pacific Subarctic Gyre‬‬

Beachcombing Alaska Glass Floats
(a favorite YouTube video)

Beachcombing Alaska Glass Floats  (2008)

ENGLSIH SEA GLASS BEACHCOMBING: 
Dangers of Sea Glass Collection (video)



FORT BRAGG GLASS BEACH Directions

SEASHELLS: The Luck of the HUNT (an ethical comber, too, who tosses back shells with living mollusks)

INT’L BEACHCOMBING CONFERENCE 2013
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Japanese fishing floats, Photo by Deacon Ritterbush
Japanese fishing floats, Photo by Deacon Ritterbush