Secret Life of the City: How Nature Thrives in the Urban Wild

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Come along on an informative, whirlwind tour of urban species-from intelligent crows to backyard lichens-and discover that you are surrounded by wild nature, even in your own backyard.

When biologist Hanna Bjorgaas spots a fairy cup lichen in Antarctica, she is surprised to recognize it from her own backyard in Oslo. When she returns home, she embarks on a journey into urban nature, visiting city parks, cemeteries, and concrete rooftops to investigate the species that live in urban spaces. Along the way, she meets corvids, songbirds, ants, pigeons, bats, sparrows, fungi, and linden trees-and the experts who study their surprising abilities to survive, and thrive, in the city.

As Bjorgaas discovers, urban nature-and its unique mixture of species that have never lived together before in Earth's history-is valuable. More than half of the world's human population lives in densely populated areas-and plants and animals have followed us into cities. Secret Life of the City invites us to pay more attention to the sounds, sights, and smells of urban nature right outside our door.

A treasure trove of fascinating flora and fauna, this wonderful book offers a plea to save our city plants, animals, and fungi before we lose them, too.
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Weight 0.000000
Author Bjorgaas, Hanna Hagen
Availability IP
Department Natural History
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781771649353
Pages 272
Published 08/06/2023
Publisher Greystone Books
Section Natural History
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