Anna Marlis Burgard is the founding author of Islands of America, a multimedia venture devoted to exploring insular arts, cuisines, histories, and wildlife. As a lifelong beachcomber, Burgard has visited more than 100 of the nearly 17,000 islands in the United States. She lives on Tybee Island in Georgia, whose state shell is the knobbed whelk.
"Loaded with interesting information, charming anecdotes, and
useful hints, Burgard's Companion does a fine job of helping
beachcombers both understand and appreciate their treasures."
-Dr. David L. Pawson, Emeritus Senior Scientist, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History