Vermin or urban wildlife?
Annotation:In beautiful, absorbing prose, Woolfson describes the seasons, the streets and the quiet places of her city over the course of a year, which begins with the exceptional cold and snow of 2010. Influenced by her own long experience of corvids, she considers prevailing attitudes towards the natural world, urban and non-urban wildlife, the values we place on the lives of individual species and the ways in which man and creature live together in cities.
Annotation:A diverse group of environmental writers looks at the natural history of species deemed filthy, unwanted, invasive, or worthless, highlighting the frustrating relationship humans have with these critters.
Annotation:One of the best nature books of recent years. Reveals a little-known and much-debated side of today's conservation movement, as well as the dirty side of eradicating invasive species.
Annotation:Many of us live in neither city nor country but in that vast in-between that has plenty of trees and better amenities than many wild creatures can find in the wild. The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal-lover’s dream-come-true, but often turns into a sprawl-dweller’s nightmare.
Annotation:Offers insight into crows' ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors, from giving gifts and seeking revenge to playing and experiencing dreams .
Annotation:There are more crows now than ever and their abundance is both an indicator of ecological imbalance and a generous opportunity to connect with the animal world.
Annotation:Their usefulness largely forgotten, pigeons have become reviled as flying rats. But we humans have changed pigeon evolution simply by living beside them. And in doing so, we have helped make pigeons the ideal city dwellers they've become. By the way, don't feed the pigeons in Venice. You can get fined.
Annotation:There are two sides to every story: read both sides of the eternal pigeon debate. Pigeon fanciers and pigeon haters tell their tales in a quest to find out how we came to misunderstand one of mankind’s most helpful and steadfast companions.
Annotation:The rat has been called the world's most destructive mammal--other than man. A female can produce up to twelve litters of twenty rats a year: do the math on that one. It comes out to, well, a lot of rats. Great writing, super interesting and fascinatingly gross. What's your rat story? We've all got one.
Annotation:When, in the late 1980s, residents of Boulder, Colorado, suddenly began to see mountain lions in their yards, it became clear that the cats had repopulated the land after decades of persecution. In what is really a nonfiction thriller, Baron traces the history of the mountain lion and chronicles Boulder's effort to coexist with its new neighbors.
Annotation:New research has shown that crows are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other's voices and 250 distinct calls. Why do they annoy us so much? They like many of the same things we do.
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Urban coyotes riding MAX trains, bears in swimming pools, cougars on bike trails...we've all seen those stories. This is a hot topic and there's some really great stuff coming out now, book and video both, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. I'll update this list as we get more.