November 2022 Meeting

This is a very special program and I hope everyone will come out to hear Blair and Dawn Witherington. If you have their books, bring them to the meeting and they will sign them. There will also be books to buy that they have written. 

Blair and Dawn have written one of the most valuable beach books for Florida “Florida’s Living Beaches A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber”   They cover much of what you would normally encounter in a beach walk. 

Come hear this dynamic couple talk about their Florida beachcombing experiences and their new book.



Discover Our Living Beaches

Authors present an engaging photographic tour entitled “Our Beaches are Alive!”

Blair and Dawn Witherington will share illustrated stories from their newly updated book, Florida’s Living Beaches. Did you know that our wave-swept coastline offers much more than a sandy stroll amidst stunning scenery? As ever-changing ribbons of sand, these beaches foster unique life forms and accept beguiling castaways from a vast marine wilderness. Mysteries abound. What is this odd creature? Why does the beach look this way? How did this strange item get here? Blair and Dawn have sought to satisfy this beachcomber’s curiosity within four books on southeastern US beaches. Subjects covered include beach processes, plants, animals, minerals, and manmade objects. In their presentation Blair and Dawn suggest a series of “quests” to highlight one’s beachcombing journey and to show how each visit to a beach is unique—no two are exactly alike, and at any given beach, every day brings something different. The couple has a new book coming out in late November entitled, Living Beaches of the Gulf Coast.

Following their presentation, the Authors will sign copies of their books, which will be available for purchase as gifts, keepsakes, and tickets to beach adventure. 

Blair and Dawn Witherington are professional naturalists. Blair is a research scientist with the Inwater Research Group and the University of Florida. He has baccalaureate and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Florida. In 38 years of research, he has contributed numerous scientific articles and book chapters on sea turtle biology and sandy beaches. Dawn is a graphic design artist and scientific illustrator trained at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Ft. Lauderdale. Her art and design are prominent in natural history books, posters, exhibits, and a line of sea-themed greeting cards. Together, Blair and Dawn have merged their art, writing, photography, and design within a number of projects, including several books on beaches, seashells, and sea turtles.