Multcolib My Librarian Karen S: Backyard nature for all ages

The Urban Bestiary
The Urban Bestiary Encountering the Everyday Wild By Haupt, Lyanda Lynn Book - 2013 591.756 H374u 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Where does the wild end and the city begin? Journey into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before.

Birdsongs By Franco, Betsy Book - 2007 jE Concept FRANCO Available in some locations

Annotation:Throughout the day and into the night various birds sing their songs, beginning with the woodpecker who taps a pole ten times and counting down to the hummingbird who calls once. Ages 2-8.

Look Up!
Look Up! Bird-watching in your Own Backyard By Cate, Annette Book - 2013 j 598.07234 C3579L 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:This conversational, humorous yet information-packed introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look up--no binoculars needed. Ages 8-12.

Falcons in the City
Falcons in the City By Manning, Lisa C. Book - 2013 jE Beginning Facts MANNING 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a bird of prey? Frida, the peregrine falcon, narrates the story of how her family came to live in the city of Portland, Oregon. Based on true accounts. Ages 8-12.

Annotation:Meet non-releasable educational animals, such as a falcon and a spotted owl, and check out the interpretive displays in the lobby. Free but donations accepted.

Birdology Adventures With A Pack of Hens, A Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur By Montgomery, Sy Book - 2010 598 M788b 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Montgomery looks closely at seven bird families--falcons, crows, pigeons, chickens, parrots, hummingbirds and cassowaries--to find the essence of what makes a bird a bird.

Raccoon Moon
Raccoon Moon By Willis, Nancy Carol Book - 2002 j 599.7632 W735r 2002 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Traces the life of a raccoon family from the cubs' birth under the April moon to their winter's sleep with realistic paintings. Ages 2-8.

The Raccoon Next Door
The Raccoon Next Door By Bogue, Gary L. Book - 2003 591.756 B675r 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:A guide to help identify and get along with the neighborhood raccoon and all our other wild neighbors such as newts and earwigs. For adults but also accessible for good upper elementary readers.

Rascal By North, Sterling Book - 1984 j B-N867r Available in some locations

Annotation:In this true story, a boy makes friends with a raccoon, Rascal, who soon moves into his house. Rascal causes trouble but also helps the boy make friends. Ages 8-12.

Night Science for Kids
Night Science for Kids Exploring the World After Dark By Krautwurst, Terry Book - 2003 j 591.518 K91n 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Packed with scientific information on everything from the anatomy of an owl's eye to the stars in the Big Dipper. Full-on nature activities such as building an owl-house complement the info. Ages 9-13.

Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop
Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop By Lurie, Susan Book - 2012 jE LURIE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Close-up, clear photographs and a playful language follow lively squirrels through the trees and across the ground. Ages 2-6.

The Busy Tree
The Busy Tree By Ward, Jennifer Book - 2009 jE WARD 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:An old oak introduces the wildlife that live in and around it: ants, a downy woodpecker, an owl, squirrels, baby robins in a nest, a moth's cocoon--even children on a swing. Ages 3-8.

Rabbit Hill
Rabbit Hill By Lawson, Robert Book - 1944 j LAWSON Available in some locations

Annotation:A community of woodland animals interact with the people in the "Big House." A classic tale of interdependence from 1944. Ages 8-12.

Passionate Slugs and Hollywood Frogs
Passionate Slugs and Hollywood Frogs An Uncommon Field Guide to Northwest Backyards By Lichen, Patricia K. Book - 2001 508.795 L698p 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:A close look at plants, bugs, birds and other wildlife in our Northwestern yards. Learn about mole somersaults and the jaunty junco in our surprisingly populous yards.

Wild in the City
Wild in the City A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas Book - 2009 917.9549 W668 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:With over 85 maps and guides to natural sites, Wild in the City leads the reader, hiker, biker, birder, canoeist, naturalist and armchair enthusiast into the Portland/Vancouver area urban landscape.

Annotation:Just south of Foster Rd. on 122nd Ave, Leach Botanical Gardens has free classes for kids and adults and regular Honeybee Hikes for preschoolers.

Annotation:Just about every local nature-related event you might share with your family is on this website. Scroll down the page to find the many regularly scheduled guided walks for preschoolers and for all ages.

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The whole family: grownups, school-age kids and preschoolers can learn at the same time about some of the animals in our own backyards. Enjoy scientific fiction and conversational non-fiction, and follow the links to some great activities in our area. Karen S

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