Secret Life of the City: How Nature Thrives in the Urban Wild (Hardcover)

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Secret Life of the City: How Nature Thrives in the Urban Wild By Hanna Hagen Bjørgaas, Matt Bagguley (Translator) Cover Image
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Bjorgaas’s musings can serve as a rough guide to what to look for, and how to engage with, a variety of life in large cities. From trees, ants, soil, crows, pigeons and others, there is much to learn. Over the course of a year, Bjorgaas becomes less judgmental (pigeons!), more curious and exploratory, and decidedly wiser about nature in the city.  

— Kay Wosewick


Come along on an informative, whirlwind tour of urban species--from intelligent crows to backyard lichens--and discover that you are surrounded by wild nature, even in your own backyard.

When biologist Hanna Bj rgaas spots a fairy cup lichen in Antarctica, she is surprised to recognize it from her own backyard in Oslo. When she returns home, she embarks on a journey into urban nature, visiting city parks, cemeteries, and concrete rooftops to investigate the species that live in urban spaces. Along the way, she meets corvids, songbirds, ants, pigeons, bats, sparrows, fungi, and linden trees--and the experts who study their surprising abilities to survive, and thrive, in the city.

As Bj rgaas discovers, urban nature--and its unique mixture of species that have never lived together before in Earth's history--is valuable. More than half of the world's human population lives in densely populated areas--and plants and animals have followed us into cities. Secret Life of the City invites us to pay more attention to the sounds, sights, and smells of urban nature right outside our door.

A treasure trove of fascinating flora and fauna, this wonderful book offers a plea to save our city plants, animals, and fungi before we lose them, too.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771649353
ISBN-10: 1771649356
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: April 25th, 2023
Pages: 264
Language: English