Les Fruits de Mer has produced a number of books about wildlife and ecology, both in print editions and as downloadable ebooks. All of our books are available for free on this page.


Free Ebooks with Print Editions


The Incomplete Guide to the Wildlife of Saint Martin

2nd-ed-guide-cover-webCalled “the best, and most complete, natural history book I have read about any single Caribbean island” by Dr. James “Skip” Lazell, the updated and expanded second edition of this wildlife guide is a unique volume covering all the terrestrial wildlife of St. Martin, from mammals and birds to reptiles and insects. It includes over 500 color photographs, and features hundreds of species, including those which are found only on St. Martin. The text includes detailed information about both the biology and the local history of the animals featured and is written to be accessible to persons of all ages and backgrounds.
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Download the book for free. (PDF, 130 pages)

 

The Book of Cures

In a small notebook, an unknown 19th-century author on the island of St. Martin recorded medical remedies and other useful information. Preserved for perhaps 200 years, through hurricanes and other calamities, this book of cures provides a unique window into life on St. Martin. Dive into this unique artifact on a page-by-page journey of discovery.
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Download the book for free. (PDF, 38 pages)

 

Wild Things! Animals of St. Martin

Get to know the wild things of St. Martin! This entertaining overview of St. Martin’s land and freshwater wildlife will take you all over the island. Discover the unique animals living on the island of St. Martin. Learn about animals that live nowhere else in the world, explore caves and freshwater streams and find out how recently arrived species are changing the island.
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Download the book! (PDF, 46 pages).

 

Plantilles: Plants of St. Martin

Plantilles is a book about plants and plant traditions on St. Martin. It tells the stories of native plants and how they survive on the island, farming and bush medicine traditions and the importance of plants in culture. It also includes a guide to local flowers.
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Download the book! (PDF, 95 pages).

 

Endemic Birds of the West Indies Colouring Book

This book features 50 birds that are found only in the region. It is beautifully illustrated by Christine Elder, with text by Mark Yokoyama. Each page features a bird in its habitat, a map showing where it lives, and facts about the bird. Fold-out covers show what every bird looks like in colour. The book offers children of all ages the opportunity to learn interesting facts while learning the techniques of colouring the birds’ vibrant plumage. Fun activities and a glossary are included at the back.
Download the covers, with color illustrations of the birds (PDF, 6 pages).
Download the coloring pages (PDF, 64 pages).
Print edition available for free at Amuseum Naturalis.

 

Pond Life

If you like your ecosystems wet and wild, then you will love Pond Life. Each chapter explores a different view into these ever-changing wild spaces. How do they transform with the seasons? What has changed in recent years? How do they reflect centuries of history? Like St. Martin itself, life on the pond is rich and always in motion. Ponds connect sea and land, human and nature, past and present: dive in, and discover.
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Download the book (PDF, 70 pages, 9MB).

 

Eye on Endemics: Caribbean Originals

This book showcases over a dozen animal species that are found only on the island of St. Martin or only in the Caribbean region. Get to know two species of lizard that live only on St. Martin. Discover insects you can’t see anywhere else. Find out which common birds on the island are Caribbean originals. And learn why there are so many unique animals on St. Martin!
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Download the book (PDF, 64 pages, 5MB).

 

Caribbean Curiosities

Take a deeper dive into some of the amazing plants and animals of St. Martin. St. Martin is full of unique animals. Many are found only in the Caribbean, and some are found only on St. Martin. Each species has its own story, and exploring this rich natural heritage is a fascinating way to explore the island. Learning how our wildlife became so unique is also a great way to understand the way all life has evolved and diversified. From prehistoric times to the present day, one of the most important ways humans have impacted St. Martin is by introducing new animal and plant species. Discover them through tales of animals that were brought to St. Martin by people and how these new species have changed the island. How has the island been changed forever by these new arrivals and what are they doing right now to change the island’s future?
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Download the book (PDF, 86 pages, 10MB).

 

The Animals of Irma’s Island

After a major hurricane, it can take years for nature to recover. On the island of St. Martin, we had a chance to watch that recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. In the weeks and months following the hurricane, St. Martin truly was Irma’s Island. In this book, we take a closer look at the lives, struggles and recovery of the animals living here during this special time.
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Download the book (PDF, 33 pages, 4.9MB).

 

Shadow of a Drought

Shadow-of-a-Drought-webA Photo Essay—St. Martin 2015
During 2015 drought conditions impacted much of the Caribbean. This photo essay documents some of the impacts of drought on St. Martin. It was produced by Les Fruits de Mer as a companion piece to the 2015 Migratory Bird Festival. All photos and text by Mark Yokoyama. Translation into French by Jennifer Yerkes.
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Download it as an ebook: English (PDF, 30 Pages)French (PDF, 30 pages)
View as a web page: EnglishFrench

 

Bugs in Paradise

Bugs-in-Paradise-webFor our coming festival
We thought it would be nice
To make an ebook just for kids
Called Bugs in Paradise.
With photos to astound the eye
Of creatures where they dwell
The text is written all in verse
And will delight as well.
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Download the ebook (PDF, 24 pages, 3.2MB).

 

Wild Statia

Wild-Statia-web Nature writing and photography bring the wildlife of Statia alive on the virtual page in this free ebook. The book’s fifteen chapters each take a closer look at a unique aspect of Statia’s wildlife, from majestic tropicbirds to nocturnal insects, and all the lizards in between. Also explored are the habitats that support wildlife and the work being done to understand and protect natural heritage. This 55-page ebook is illustrated with captivating photos taken by authors Hannah Madden and Mark Yokoyama. The format of the book emphasizes the fascinating stories that are often left unexplored by scientific publications.
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Download the ebook (PDF, 55 pages, 12.3MB)


Books in French


Guide incomplet a la faune sauvage de Saint-Martin

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Le Guide incomplet de la faune sauvage de Saint-Martin présente la faune terrestre de l’ile, des mammifères aux oiseaux sans oublier les insectes et araignées. Ce guide décrit des centaines d’espèces et comprend plus de 500 photos en couleur. En plus de décrire les animaux sauvages, ce livre fournit des informations sur l’écologie des espèces et leurs habitats. Ce livre constitue un guide de terrain unique sur les animaux sauvages de Saint Martin et de la région Caraïbe.
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Le Côté Sauvage!: Les Animaux de Saint-Martin


Découvrez les histoires incroyables de la faune de Saint-Martin! Apprenez à connaître les animaux qui ne vivent qu’ici, les nouveaux arrivants qui changent l’île, les bestioles qui crient la nuit et bien plus encore!
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Regard sur les Espèces Endémiques : Uniques aux Caraïbes


Ce livre présente plus d’une douzaine d’espèces animales que l’on ne trouve que sur l’île de Saint-Martin ou dans la région des Caraïbes. Apprenez à connaître deux espèces de lézards qui vivent uniquement à Saint-Martin. Rencontrez des insectes que vous ne pouvez voir nulle part ailleurs. Découvrez quels oiseaux communs sur l’île sont uniques aux Caraïbes. Et apprenez pourquoi il y a tant d’animaux uniques à Saint-Martin!
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Curiosités des Caraïbes


Caribbean Curiosities examine de plus près certains des animaux et plantes fascinants, qui met en valeur l’histoire naturelle de St. Martin et des Caraïbes.
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La vie des étangs


Si vous aimez découvrir d’incroyables écosystèmes, vous allez adorer La vie des étangs. Chaque chapitre explore une vision différente de ces espaces sauvages en constante évolution. Comment se transforment-ils avec les saisons? Qu’est-ce qui a changé ces dernières années? Comment reflètent-ils des siècles d’histoire? Comme Saint-Martin lui-même, la vie sur l’étang est riche et toujours en mouvement. Les étangs relient la mer et la terre, les humains et la nature, le passé et le présent–et vous invitent à la découverte!
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L’Ombre d’un Sécheresse


En 2015, les conditions de sécheresse ont touché une grande partie des Caraïbes. Cet essai photographique documente certains des effets de la sécheresse sur Saint-Martin.
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