Vermin or urban wildlife?

Field Notes From A Hidden City
Field Notes From A Hidden City An Urban Nature Diary By Woolfson, Esther Book - 2014 591.94123 W9136f 2014 All copies in use Availability details

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.

The Urban Bestiary
The Urban Bestiary Encountering the Everyday Wild By Haupt, Lyanda Lynn Book - 2013 591.756 H374u 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 copies

Annotation: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?

Trash Animals
Trash Animals How We Live With Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species Book - 2013 581.62 T775 2013 All copies in use Availability details

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.

Rat Island
Rat Island Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue By Stolzenburg, William Book - 2012 333.951609142 S876r 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Nature Wars
Nature Wars The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds By Sterba, Jim Book - 2012 304.20973 S8381n 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Gifts of the Crow
Gifts of the Crow How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans By Marzluff, John M. Book - 2012 598.864 M393g 2012 Available in some locations

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 .

Crow Planet
Crow Planet Essential Wisdom From the Urban Wilderness By Haupt, Lyanda Lynn Book - 2009 598.864 H374c 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 20 copies

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.

Superdove How the Pigeon Took Manhattan-- and the World By Humphries, Courtney Book - 2008 598.65 H928s 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Pigeons The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird By Blechman, Andrew Book - 2006 598.65 B646p 2006 Available in some locations

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.

Rats Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants By Sullivan, Robert Book - 2004 599.352 S951r 2004 Available in some locations

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.

The Beast in the Garden
The Beast in the Garden A Modern Parable of Man and Nature By Baron, David Book - 2004 599.7524 B265b 2004 Available in some locations

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.

Raccoon Nation
Raccoon Nation DVD - 2012 DVD 599.7632 RACCOON All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Scientists track a family of urban raccoons in Toronto over the course of six months. Turns out our efforts to outwit raccoons may be pushing their brain development. Hello, evolution.

A Murder of Crows
A Murder of Crows DVD - 2010 DVD 598.864 MURDER All copies in use Availability details

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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