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The urban naturalist
Garber, Steven D.
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Publication Information:
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 1998.

Physical Description:
xiv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Wiley, 1987, in series: The Wiley science editions.
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QH541.5.C6 G37 1987C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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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Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.