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Wild Nights: Nature Returns to the City By Anne Matthews,

  • Title: Wild Nights: Nature Returns to the City
  • Author: Anne Matthews
  • ISBN: 9780865476417
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Deer in Manhattan, coyotes in the Bronx, wild turkeys flying down Broadway in this first truly urban period in human history, confrontation and competition with the natural world is becoming an everyday occurrence Anne Matthews explores these encounters, examining the implications of this unexpected and powerful resurgence of nature for the fate of a world of supercitiDeer in Manhattan, coyotes in the Bronx, wild turkeys flying down Broadway in this first truly urban period in human history, confrontation and competition with the natural world is becoming an everyday occurrence Anne Matthews explores these encounters, examining the implications of this unexpected and powerful resurgence of nature for the fate of a world of supercities and suburban hypersprawl.
    Wild Nights Nature Returns to the City Deer in Manhattan coyotes in the Bronx wild turkeys flying down Broadway in this first truly urban period in human history confrontation and competition with the natural world is becoming an everyd

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    1. The writing style was incredibly informative but almost dizzying in its presentation a hurricane of quick, hastily presented facts without any deep investigation or explanation Matthews spends some significant time with a few researchers mostly bird watchers and ornithologists who are able to give a focused and in depth scope to the narrative, but for the most part the information feels like it was gleaned and compiled by headlines without any real meat Still, it s a fascinating read, probably [...]

    2. Wild Nights Nature Returns to the City, by Anne Matthews is one of those books that I both liked and disliked It s full of excellent observations of city wildlife, but there are no footnotes, no bibliography and no references Without those, it s less of a scientific or fact driven book and essay, which would be fine except there are many facts in the book.The book focuses almost exclusively on New York City, with some comparisons to other cities mentioned There s an interesting history of the f [...]

    3. A highly informative book with beautifully described, vivid details on the characteristics and evolution of natural life, both life and domesticated, in the steel and concrete developer s paradise that is New York City.Do you know that the high rise buildings, with glass walls giving glimpses of ficus trees inside, confuse migrating birds, who fly around the building until they drop from exhaustion And that there are people who watch out for them, to rescue them and to campaign for their case Do [...]

    4. For most of us urban dwellers, encounters with nature are a mix of wonder a glimpse of a peregrine falcon swooping down on a pigeon frustration deer wrecking suburban gardens and loathing rodents carrying plague vectors Matthews examines the history of wildlife in our cities, and the ways we have encouraged or damaged species Migrant songbirds often find city towers fatal, but the striped bass is coming back to a cleaned up Hudson, Who wins, who loses We continue to crave contact with the green [...]

    5. An interesting book about the return of wildlife to urban and adjoining suburban areas previously inhabited by members of their species when it was forested or savannah type habitat through migration and reintroduction efforts The focus of the book, which is slightly out of date since it was published in 2001 prior to 9 11, is on the New York City metropolitan area, although it does briefly touch upon such occurrences in other urban areas However, the book goes off track in its final chapters wh [...]

    6. Did you know that there are raccoons that teach their city dwelling pups to look both ways before crossing busy metropolitan streets That certain wild bears develop a fondness for peanut butter and will do almost anything to get some from their unwilling human hosts These and other fascinating real life stories pepper Wild Nights , a book dedicated to the increasingly common interaction between man and wild life in urban areas.

    7. Copious historical evidence and dubious futuristic conjecture, this book explicates that human naivety and arrogance grants it a false sense of control, but nature is perpetually changing and adapting Consequently, some wildlife maybe returning to say their farewells to New York City as a doomsday forecast predicts that it could be an underwater ghost town in the not to distant future Additionally, alternative catastrophic phenomenon are contemplated.

    8. This was a fascinating look at the struggle between civilization and nature, particularly as it plays out in the metropolitan area I learned a great deal about the plant and animal life of this area, as well as the ways in which it struggles to push back and adapt The ending shows a series of truly frightening visions of the area in 2050 Yikes

    9. The title is misleading It has an optimistic tone with the idea of Nature Returns to the City There is not a lot to be optimistic about when it comes to the future of nature Certainly not in sprawling cities around the world with population out of control It is filled with interesting tidbits about the natural world and our effect on it.

    10. Not the type of book you might expect from the title An interesting series of chapters discussing stories of animals taking back cities and adapting to human beings urbanising almost all of their territory I enjoyed reading about eagles nesting in highrises and so on.

    11. Loved all the detailed anecdotes found the writing style transitions a bit clunky And the references to the WTC were haunting a book I will re read to remember all the fascinating details.

    12. Skillful, extremely readable literary nonfiction Highly recommended, and even relevant now than when it came out.

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