Sardis & Stamm: About the Project

August 3, 2013 by Matthew Bettelheim

Following the success of author Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and illustrator Diane Adams’ A Home for Salty about a saltmarsh harvest mouse searching for a home in the coastal marshes of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in 2010 the Friends of San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge began exploring the idea of a second children’s book, this time about the unique assemblage of rare and endangered plants and insects at the neighboring Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. From this idea was born the story Sardis & Stamm, about a young girl (Sardis) who comes across a wayward Lange’s metalmark butterfly (Stamm) that finds itself blown beyond the relict sands of the Antioch Dunes. As this unlikely hero returns the battered butterfly across the dunes to a cloud of metalmarks looking to lay their eggs, the pair stumble into a hidden world filled with plasterer bees and katydids, legless lizards and robber flies – many of which can be found nowhere else on Earth but the Antioch Dunes.

Sardis & Stamm is currently under development as an illustrated children’s book, and is expected to be published in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014. Check back later this year to join Sardis and Stamm at the Antioch Dunes on an adventure of endemic proportions…

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