Suburban Safari

Suburban Safari

A Year on the Lawn

Book - 2005 | 1st U.S. ed
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Baker & Taylor
An exploration of the suburban lawn covers a year in the author's yard to unveil the complexities of life in this common habitat, from the behavior of suburban crows and raccoons to complex interactions of various plant species.

McMillan Palgrave
Who knew that an investigation into that patch of grass in our backyards could be so fruitful-and so funny?

More than 550 square miles of new lawns unfold each year in the U.S. alone. Although new research shows that these lawns aren't nearly as "unnatural" as ecologists once thought, no one has offered an accessible exploration of this novel habitat. Until now...

Equipped with a lawn chair and her infectious curiosity, science writer Hannah Holmes spends a year on her lawn hoping to discover exactly what's going on out there. Under her examination, the lawn teems with life, populated by a bewilderment of birds, a mess of mammals, and a range of plants that record the history of this little piece of ground. As the seasons progress, she guides us through this bustling community, inviting over biologists, ecologists, botanists, entomologists, and energy experts to further unveil the complexities of life in the 'burbs. Through this investigation, we encounter life-and-death dramas and mysteries that would make a rainforest blush-everything from the behavior of suburban crows and raccoons, to the way plants wage war, to the puzzle of baby pigeons (where are they?).

Funny, smart, and refreshing, Suburban Safari introduces us to a world so extraordinary it's hard to believe it's been right in front of us all along.


Book News
Science writer Holmes spent a year investigating her suburban lawn with the same sense of discovery with which she has explored natural wonders in exotic locales. And natural wonders are indeed revealed within the lawn: the complex and interconnected lives of humming birds, crows, insects, chipmunks, squirrels, earthworms, grasses, clover, trees, and more. The book is divided into sections by season, and Holmes's enlightening and entertaining observations are supplemented with information from the biologists, botanists, entomologists, and ecologists she invites over. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

In this exploration of the suburban lawn, the reader is guided through a year in the author's yard to unveil the complexities of life and life and death dramas in this common habitat, from the behavior of suburban crows and raccoons to complex interactions of various plant species. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 1582344795 (hc)
Branch Call Number: 577.560974 HOL
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 22 cm

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