BOOKS: Explore the wonders of the Salish Sea

Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph Gaydos share their new book, “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

The book combines a scientist’s inquiring mind, breathtaking nature photography, and amazing stories. Straddling the western marine border between Canada and the United States, the ecosystem is brought to life on the page with a narrative that looks at the region’s geology, fauna and history.

Benedict is a biologist, writer and a passionate advocate for conservation of the ocean and Arctic and alpine environments. She is founder and director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists, a nonprofit natural history educational organization now in its fourth decade. She splits her time between her home at 9,000 feet along the Colorado Front Range and her off-grid cottage on San Juan’s Frost Island.

Gaydos is chief scientist for SeaDoc Society, a marine science and conservation program focused on the Salish Sea. He is a licensed wildlife veterinarian and has a doctorate in wildlife health.