Book – The Urban Bestiary


I found this article titled, Nature Writing as a Part of Urban Life  this morning. It’s an excerpt from The Urban Bestiary, by naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown and Company, 2013).

Those of us already attuned to nature around us know that trees, birds and other wild things* are our neighbors, no less than the humans who live next door. Their needs must be considered to have a healthy and sustainable city. This book might help Springfield, MA city planners and managers to begin to understand this vital point.

Book cover image

Nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt’s observations bring … new questions to light: Whose ‘home’ is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives?”– Provided by publisher

While The Urban Bestiary is not in the Springfield City Library, – they can get it for you through the interlibrary loan system.

*My daughter and I saw a woodchuck (or groundhog) Sunday morning. I hope it did not emerge from hibernation too early to find adequate food. The temperatures plummeted again in this seemingly endless winter.

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