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Finding Nature in Your Own Backyard

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 12:47pm by dempseyj

Spending time in nature can be a refreshing break from our day-to-day lives. But wouldn’t it be nice if we could bring some of that nature home with us? According to these two books, it’s been there all along, right in our backyards. We just have to look closely and we’ll see it.

The cover of The Urban Bestiary by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Several animals in a field, and two houses in the background.The Urban Bestiary by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

How well do you know the creatures that live alongside you? From hawks to moles to coyotes, there are animals leading complex and varied lives just outside our homes. Whether they’re a welcome guest or a nuisance, they’ve been in our neighborhoods for as long as we have, so it’s only polite if we get to know them a little better.

Unseen City by Nathanael Johnson

A city’s environment may seem mundane, but the more you look at it, the more fascinating it becomes. Nathanael Johnson noticed this when he started teaching his daughter the names of trees near their home. Soon he was finding wonder in even the most common sights, like a flock of pigeons, or the leaves of a ginkgo tree. There’s more to city life than you might realize.

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