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This informative, useful field guide reveals the amazing biodiversity within city and suburban landscapes, including trees, insects and other invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The author explains why these organisms live in cities and how they survive, offers tips on which species to look for, and shares hundreds of fascinating facts.
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The Urban Naturalist

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Overview


This informative, useful field guide reveals the amazing biodiversity within city and suburban landscapes, including trees, insects and other invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The author explains why these organisms live in cities and how they survive, offers tips on which species to look for, and shares hundreds of fascinating facts.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a book that should delight amateur scientists, Garber offers a comprehensive guide to the plant and animal kingdoms and their relationship to urban life. Among his subjects: clover, which originates from the pea family, and honey-locust trees, which flourish in many suburban neighborhoods and were used to replace elms that died of Dutch Elm disease. As for fauna, Garber notes that although most snakes can't survive in the city, there are some that thrive in parks and garages, and he retells the story of the New York drug manufacturer who a century ago wanted to hear every bird mentioned in Shakespeare's works and thus imported the starlingto the everlasting regret of many urban dwellers. Garber has written a wonderful and casual book about plants and animals, and if there is a lesson to be learned, it is that humans and nature should learn to live together, even in the city. (September)
Library Journal
Few books describe the plants and animals that coexist with man in the world's fastest growing habitaturban areas. But despite an excellent concept, this book disappoints. Both native and introduced plants and animals are described; but the logic of species selection is obscure, and often no effort is made to communicate why these species are successful and how this produces the assemblages of species that coexist with humans. Chatty and anecdotal entries weaken the text. Many line drawings (especially of plants) are not diagnostic of the organism. Not recommended. James R. Karr, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Balboa, Panama
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486148328
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/23/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,319,038
  • File size: 10 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Urban Ecosystems
2 Grasses and Wildflowers
Grasses
Chicory
Mugwort
Plantain
Purslane
Clover
Purple Loosestrife
Lamb's-quarters
3 Trees
London Plane
Tree of Heaven
Gingko
Honey Locust
Pin Oak
White Mulberry
"Cottonwood, Poplar, and Aspen"
Willows
4 Insects and Other Invertebrates
Spiders
Centipedes
Silverfish
Dragonflies
Crickets
Cockroaches
Termites
Book Lice
"Bookworms, Grain Beetles, and Mealworms"
Water Bugs
Bedbug
Monarch Butterfly
Gypsy Moth and Tent Caterpillar Moth
House Fly
Mosquito
Yellow Jackets
Honey Bee
5 Fish
"Common Carp, Grass Carp, and Goldfish"
Bullhead and Catfish
Perch
Sunfish and Bass
6 Amphibians
Spotted Salamander
Red-backed Salamander
"Common Toad, Woodhouse's Toad, and Fowler's Toad"
Marine Toad
African Clawed Frog
Cuban Treefrog
Bullfrog
Green Frog
7 Reptiles
Sea Turtles
Painted Turtles
Snapping Turtles
Musk Turtles
Urban Lizards
Garter Snake and Brown Snake
Water Snake
Brahminy Blind Snake
8 Birds
House Sparrow
House Finch
European Starling
Grackles
Blackbirds
Common Crow and Fish Crow
Pigeon
Doves and Parrots
Ring-necked Pheasant
Killdeer Plover
Herons
Swallows and Swifts
Barn Owl and Screech Owls
Nighthawk
Peregrine Falcon
American Kestrel
Red-tailed Hawk
9 Mammals
Common House Mouse
Norway Rat and Black Rat
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Chipmunk
Woodchuck
Virginia Opossum
Raccoon
Rabbit
Skunk
Big Brown Bat
"Fox, Wolf, Coyote, Dog"
Cat
Whales and Porpoises
Conclusion
References for Additional Reading
Index
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