My Backyard Jungle

My Backyard Jungle

The Adventures of An Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard Into Habitat and Learned to Live With It

Book - 2013
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The captivating story of an urban family who welcomes wildlife into their backyard and discovers the ups and downs of sharing habitat

For James Barilla and his family, the dream of transforming their Columbia, South Carolina, backyard into a haven for wildlife evoked images of kids catching grasshoppers by day and fireflies at night, of digging up potatoes and picking strawberries. When they signed up with the National Wildlife Federation to certify their yard as a wildlife habitat, it felt like pushing back, in however small a way, against the tide of bad news about vanishing species, changing climate, dying coral reefs. Then the animals started to arrive, and Barilla soon discovered the complexities (and possible mayhem) of merging human with animal habitats. What are the limits of coexistence, he wondered? To find out, Barilla set out across continents to explore cities where populations of bears, monkeys, marmosets, and honeybees live alongside human residents. My Backyard Jungle brings these unique stories together, making Barilla's yard the centerpiece of a meditation on possibilities for coexistence with animals in an increasingly urban world. Not since Gerald Durrell penned My Family and Other Animals have readers encountered a naturalist with such a gift for storytelling and such an open heart toward all things wild. ]]>
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013], ©2013
ISBN: 9780300184013
Branch Call Number: 577.56 BARILLA
Characteristics: x, 363 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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ontherideau Jul 21, 2014

The experience starts in the backyard but ranges far. Thought provoking and at times heartbreaking.

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