A look at the challenges of co-habitating with urban wildlife as more of the wild becomes confined to the city limits.
Lyanda Lynn Haupt has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and is a seabird researcher for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. She is the author of Crow Planet, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent, and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award). Her writing has appeared in Image, Open Spaces, Wild Earth, Conservation Biology Journal, Birdwatcher's Digest, and the Prairie Naturalist. She is also the winner of the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.
Photo by Tom Furtwangler
In "The Urban Bestiary", acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt's observations bring compelling new questions to light: 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?
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As the human habitat expands, urban wildlife becomes a greater concern. Through a greater understanding of nature and its role in our shared world, we can begin to make a place for the wilderness in our lives.