When I came to the Virgin Islands as a marine
biology student in 1993, I was instantly captivated
by the beauty and diversity of the plant and animal
life. However, I was very frustrated by how difficult it
was to find information about what I observed.
Information about marine life was abundant, but I
found clear and accessible sources about the
terrestrial life elusive. Everything seemed to be
either too general or too technical and specialized.
Also, books were often expensive and to me
(like many other Virgin Islanders) money was
in short supply. I needed an affordable, easily
accessible guide with good photographs and helpful
information that would satisfy my curiosity about
flowers, mongooses, and everything in between.