It takes me less than 10 minutes to reach the heart of downtown, and yet my neighborhood feels removed, bucolic and even a little bit wild. She makes us think, really think, about where is that border between wild and city and does it even exist. Her storytelling evokes shadows and hidden glens while imparting the natural history of the starling's introduction to the Americas or the social complexity of crows. For now let me say that the book is full of her detailed pen and ink illustrations that capture the spirit of this Bestiary perfectly. None of that was bad. Many books ago you encouraged me to visit some retreats and notice my surroundings while I walk through my neighborhood. Each entry within her bestiary offered me not only a new view of common creatures, but also a further understanding of them and myself.
She traces the history of invasive species like house sparrows and starlings. Now we need to adapt to them and maybe find ways to enjoy them. City ecological niches are shared by hawks in the day and owls at night. And the result is that I'm ordering my first field guides to North American birds and trees so I can also become more observant and hopefully a more harmonious piece of the urban wild puzzle. And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? This book contains facts and observations about a dozen or so animals encountered in Seattle, interspersed with sidebars giving details such as tracks and tips for finding wildlife in the urban environment.
If you want to start urban wildlife watching now, try this nature observation experiment. 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. I echo Michael in saying that I hope you come to Portland after publication. And t While the writing was a little rambling and the level of knowledge expected of the reader a bit uncertain, I still really appreciate the effect of the book. In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not.
And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? Description: 1 online resource xiv, 337 pages : illustrations, maps Contents: The bestiary's bestiary : a note on process -- Part I. Even if that space is literally just a patch of square in the city limits, but right on the edge of the suburbs, it's been pretty amazing and cool. The E-mail message field is required. Just to sit and watch the flitting birds and the playing squirrels and to be very surprised by some rustling at night that turned out to be a skunk who visited regularly. But the chapter on starlings, sparrows and pigeons was lively and interesting.
Haupt weaves personal anecdotes easily into her text which is the dream-like aspect of the title of this review. I tried to make my husband read the chapter about moles because there's an ongoing battle on our property between him and them but he refused. Since reading, I have been watching the wildlife in downtown Long Beach with a closer eye and have spotted black phoebes and warblers living in the palm trees off our balcony. A Modern Book of Beasts A bestiary is a medieval encyclopedia of flora and fauna. And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? We often think of the wild as some place apart from our day-to-day lives.
Where does the wild end and the city begin? It's no wonder our local wildlife rehabilitation center proudly carries this volume on their reference shelves. I was holding at a high three or a bit more until pages 171 and 175 when Haupt made two comments in quick succession. In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or t. She lives in West Seattle - not far from me - so the creatures she writes about are around me too, but I don't notice them the way she does. She writes of furred creatures, from cougars, squirrels, raccoons and bears with the mole being my favorite , feathered ones-- sparrows, crows, chickadees, and the hunters of birds owls, hawks , and lastly, trees and humans. And when something goes awry, as in the proliferation of the sparrow? A fresh take on conscious living in the everyday world. Her last 2 chapters are on trees and humans.
She encourages urban tracking — learning to see the animals in our cities — and sprinkles sidebars and pages showing animal tracks and other information about how to live with urban beasts. I am so excited to read your finished product. Author Biography 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. It makes us more creative, responsive, responsible, imaginative, wild, and happy inhabitants of our home communities. I am thrilled to hear about this new book and have now ordered it. Deer wander the neighborhood, feasting on the shrubbery without fear. I doubt I'll ever be as observational and philosophical about these things as Haupt, but even to move a little bit in that direction would be nice.
Olson Nature Writing Award, she lives in West Seattle with her husband and daughter. The creatures that live among us are explored not just through science and natural history, but also myth, memoir, story, philosophy. The author is gifted in helping us see our wild neighbors in a new light, a renewed relationship that benefits both parties. Where does the wild end and the city begin? I loved the stories Haupt told of her encounters with urban wildlife, but also the way she interwove the science and the myth of these animals and trees. We are the proliferators, the species whose effects have gone awry.
I found the constant appearance of three or even four modifiers or descriptions per sentence made the prose a bit of a slog at times. In that noticing lies the possibility that we will consider the effects of our actions upon wild creatures. In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth, and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not. Winner of the 2010 Sigurd F. Haupt muses a great deal on why we react in certain, and often predicable ways, to different animals. She interviews urban wildlife management specialists and shares her own anecdotes and analysis of pests and threats.