Gripping narrative non-fiction with STEM and social justice themes that proves cities can be surprisingly wild places—and why understanding urban nature matters.
What can city bees tell us about climate change? How are we changing coyote behavior? And what the heck is a science bike? Featuring the work of a diverse group of eleven scientists—herself included!—Dr. Cylita Guy shows how studying urban wildlife can help us make cities around the world healthier for all of their inhabitants. In the process, Guy reveals how social injustices like racism can affect not only how scientists study city wildlife, but also where urban critters are likelier to thrive. Sidebars include intriguing animal facts and the often-wacky tools used by urban ecologists, from a ratmobile to a bug vacuum. Cornelia Li’s engaging illustrations bring the scientists’ fieldwork adventures to life, while urban ecology challenges encourage readers to look for signs of wildlife in their own neighborhoods.
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The friendly, easy-to-read style and interesting and important information about urban ecology make this book a stand-out title. Not only will readers learn about urban ecology, but they will also learn about the unique tools used by scientists, get a sense of each scientist featured, and read anecdotes and information about their work. Also important are the issues of social equity raised throughout the book. This is a wonderful book for independent reading, but also useful in social studies and science classrooms. Informative and engaging topics about how people and animals live together in urban environments.
This is one of the coolest books I have encountered in a while! I am a science junkie, but the concept of this book is completely original! There is excellent info on animals, cool techniques that scientists use, and social justice themes are tied in. An excellent STEM book for grade-school kids, and while anyone would benefit from it- it will do nicely to bring cities into the "nature" mix, something that doesn't happen often enough.