The Life and Lore of the Celebrated Bivalve
The late Robert Hedeen received a Ph.D in biology from the University of Texas, worked for over a decade as a medical entymologist in the Army medical Corps, managed the South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District in Chicago for a decade and then taught invertebrate zoology at Salisbury State Univeristy in Salisbury, Maryland. While at the University he had a small cabin in the heart of Chesapeake Bay's oyster producing region and both studied and harvested oysters and crabs. Hedeen published The Oyster: The Life and Lore of the Celebrated Bivalve in 1986 and a lot of the regulatory morass he adresses in the book is no longer relevant but the rest of the book is a gem. He starts with the zoologist's eye view of the oysters and then brings is the view of the naturalist and the observer of nature, and moves into his experiences as a oyster harvester and his experiences with professionals in the field. It is a fascinating story and he takes us from oyster spat (the infant oysters) to the plate and enriches us with his many fasceted view every step of the way. I especially appreciated Hedeen's insights on how the salinity and temperature of the water impact oyster pests and help control oyster habitat. He helps us understand the sensitivity of the habitat. this is an important and fascinating book.
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