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Suburban Safari

A Year on the Lawn
Holmes, Hannah (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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Who knew that an investigation into that patch of grass in our backyards could be so fruitful-and so funny? More than 550 square miles of new lawns unfold each year in the U.S. alone. Although new research shows that these lawns aren't nearly as "unnatural" as ecologists once thought, no one has offered an accessible exploration of this novel habitat. Until now... Equipped with a lawn chair and her infectious curiosity, science writer Hannah Holmes spends a year on her lawn hoping to discover exactly what's going on out there. Under her examination, the lawn teems with life, populated by a bewilderment of birds, a mess of mammals, and a range of plants that record the history of this little piece of ground. As the seasons progress, she guides us through this bustling community, inviting over biologists, ecologists, botanists, entomologists, and energy experts to further unveil the complexities of life in the 'burbs. Through this investigation, we encounter life-and-death dramas and mysteries that would make a rainforest blush-everything from the behavior of suburban crows and raccoons, to the way plants wage war, to the puzzle of baby pigeons (where are they?). Funny, smart, and refreshing, Suburban Safari introduces us to a world so extraordinary it's hard to believe it's been right in front of us all along.
Authors: Holmes, Hannah, 1963-
Title: Suburban safari
a year on the lawn
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 262 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Hannah Holmes
ISBN: 1582344795
Branch Call Number: 577.56 H751s 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-259)
Subject Headings: Urban ecology (Sociology) Maine Household animals Maine Urban animals Maine
Topical Term: Urban ecology (Sociology)
Household animals
Urban animals
LCCN: 2004017804
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May 13, 2014
  • Shirleynature rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It’s about the flora and fauna living in a Maine backyard. The author has a great writing style and a lot of the information applies to nature here in the Midwest.

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