Welcome to Subirdia

Welcome to Subirdia

Sharing Our Neighborhoods With Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife

Book - 2014
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Welcome to Subirdia presents a surprising discovery: the suburbs of many large cities support incredible biological diversity. Populations and communities of a great variety of birds, as well as other creatures, are adapting to the conditions of our increasingly developed world. In this optimistic book, wildlife science professor John Marzluff reveals how our own actions affect the birds and animals that live in our cities and towns, and he provides ten specific strategies everyone can use to make human environments friendlier for our natural neighbors. Over many years of research and fieldwork, Marzluff and student assistants have closely followed the lives of thousands of tagged birds seeking food, mates, and shelter in cities and surrounding areas. From tiny Pacific wrens to grand pileated woodpeckers, diverse species now compatibly share human surroundings. By practicing careful stewardship with the biological riches in our cities and towns, Marzluff explains, we can foster a new relationship between humans and other living creatures -- one that honors and enhances our mutual destiny.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780300216875
0300216874
9780300197075
0300197071
Branch Call Number: 598 Ma
Characteristics: xiv, 303 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: DeLap, Jack 1970-

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pokano
Nov 26, 2017

Interesting book about birds primarily and other animals and their relationship to human settlements. The author points out that some species do quite well with humans nearby and that biological evolution can occur quite quickly, relatively speaking, as demonstrated by the physical differences that already manifest themselves between birds in cities and towns versus the same species out in the wild. Cultural evolution happens even more quickly as birds adapt themselves to human settlements. The author concludes with 9 ways we can become better neighbors to the wildlife amongst us: "(1) Do not covet your neighbor's lawn. (2) Keep your cat indoors [I always knew where my cat was at night and she didn't even know what fleas or ear mites were!] (3) Make windows more visible to birds .... (4) Do not light the night sky. (5) Provide food and nest boxes. (6) Do not kill native predators. (7) Foster a diversity of habitats and natural variability within landscapes. (8) Create safe passage across roads and highways. (9) Ensure that there are functional connections between land and water."

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GuyN
Aug 16, 2015

There are some interesting observations, but at other times Marzluff seems a little preachy and biased. Do not expect a detailed guide to plants suitable for feeding birds (available elsewhere). He did open me up to a few new viewpoints. I love his books on crows and ravens.

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