City Critters

City Critters

Wildlife in the Urban Jungle

Book - 2012
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When we think of wild animals, we don't immediately associate them with the cities we live in. But a closer look soon reveals that we share our urban environment with a great many untamed creatures. City Critters examines how and why so many wild animals choose to live in places that, on first glance at least, seem contrary to their needs. How do those deer, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, coyotes, crows, gulls and geese—not to mention the alligators, eagles, otters and snakes—manage to survive in the big city? What special skills do city critters have that many of their wilderness cousins lack? Why have they developed these skills? And what are our responsibilities in ensuring that these animals can continue to share our city lives?
Publisher: Victoria, B.C. ; Custer, Wash. : Orca Book Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 9781554693948
Branch Call Number: j591.756 REA NVD
Characteristics: 134 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Wildlife in the urban jungle


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Jun 14, 2018

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Animal adaptation is the theme of this interesting and fact-filled book about the many creatures sharing our urban landscapes. Firmly establishing that the loss of rural space is the primary reason that many more wild animals are finding their way into cities, the author goes on to discuss the multiple threats facing many species. Beginning with the more familiar mammals and rodents, including skunks, raccoons, coyotes, and rats, and then introducing a variety of other types of wildlife that live in, under, and surrounding our large urban areas, Read casts a broad net to include all of North America. Marine animals, aquatic creatures, birds, reptiles, insects, and spiders are discussed. One might not think of whales and sharks as urban, but they are included since they often wander close to heavily populated shores. Numerous full-color photographs and sidebars are scattered throughout. In discussing the plight of the many animals displaced from their more natural surroundings, the author makes a plea for the considerate and concerned treatment of them as well as for a general awareness of our changing world and the threats to wildlife everywhere. Attractive enough for general reading and useful for a variety of classroom studies of ecology, the environment, and biology, this is a welcome addition to most collections.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Jun 14, 2018

Critters are those animals among us in the city, who remind us that Nature owned this land before the all-destroying "humans" came here. And most people are unfriendly, I always expect (and often get) attacks from them, but the starlings, pigeons, squirrels and the night-time raccoons are all my friends - they come to me when they see me and express their friendly feelings toward me. I'm sorry to say that those who want to force their own mindset on others (but they expect freedom for themselves) are mostly white men, and mostly middle aged. They are brainwashed into the selfish, profit-centered lifestyle and they behave as if it would last forever. When I feed pigeons (I absolutely love them), I am exposed to the looks and opinions of people passing by, and some of them smile and admire the way pigeons trust me, settling on my shoulders and hands. But other consumer-selfish persons who pass by, make negative remarks or cast me dirty looks; one person said pigeons were "freeloaders." They want those fragile birds (who are the symbols of love and peace in every decent culture) to peck the dust in the city, to "work for their bread." Well, they give much joy, and they show a good example of group living in peace. Squirrels run up to me for a nut, starlings fly down beside me for a morsel of peanuts, and I have also a few raccoon friends who recognize me in the night and come up to me, like friends, and they are grateful for an oatmeal cookie I give them. Because they owned this land before the men came, and now they must pick garbage to survive. But lately, bec. of the "clean and green city" program, the garbage areas of back alleys are cleaned up and they are left without food whatever. Two mother raccoons are my friends, when I meet them I feed them, and they bring their kits up to me. They are absolutely lovely, friendly. Many ignorant people say raccoons bite and spread rabies, but since 5 yrs of my friendship with them, I see no aggressive behavior. I suggest you watch YOUTUBE for videos on "raccoons" or "baby raccoons." In America there are a few nice people who feed raccoon families in their backyards or keep them as house pets. They are intelligent, playful, absolutely lovely. But here in Mt. Pleasant I have one neighbor who recently acquired one small dog he walks at night all over the area. Once he saw me put down dry cat food for a stray cat, and he stopped behind me with his dog and told me not to feed any critters, because those disturb his small dog. He said all critters must be scared away from the Mt. Pleasant area, or they must be trapped and relocated, just for him to walk his small dog safely for a few minutes at night. He said he will find a way to prevent some of my raccoon friends from sitting at night on the front lawn of the condo he lives in. Evey time he bumps into me, he makes negative remarks and threats. Since he has that dog, he wants all night-time animals removed. These type of selfish blokes are the ones who create all the conflicts world-wide. But I have news for them - this kind of selfishness-based human genetics and social model will disappear by the end of this century. Let them read the UN's "Agenda 21", which means the end of individual selfishness.

Contrary to what you might think - This book's title - "City Critters" is not referring to the filthy, disgusting, leeching, street-people that you see daily lying around on the streets of Vancouver (like total free-loading, do-nothing parasites that they are), making absolute messes and leaving their bed-bugs everywhere..... Yeesh! It's time to clean up the riff-raff, folks!

SPL_Childrens Nov 20, 2013

Far from the oceans’ depths, the wild animals featured in Nicholas Read’s City Critters live right in our own cities and towns, and even in our backyards.

Why do some animals choose to live in urban areas? Where exactly do they live, and how do they manage to survive?

While some creatures such as raccoons and squirrels are attracted to the abundant sources of food in cities, the sad truth is that many animals and birds don’t “choose” to live among people. They have little choice because wilderness habitats around the world are quickly disappearing with urban sprawl and deforestation.

Some animals - chipmunks, squirrels, skunks and raccoons, among others – have proven to be remarkably adaptable to urban life, living in parks, golf courses and backyards. Rivers and harbors also shelter a surprising diversity of creatures, including otters, waterfowl, fish, turtles and even large sea creatures such as seals and dolphins.

Nicholas Read’s well-researched, informative book addresses the causes of and solutions to conflicts between people and city-dwelling wildlife. Complete with interesting anecdotes of human-animal encounters and captivating photography, City Critters reminds us that we share our world with many other creatures – and that urban areas can play an important role in preserving biodiversity.

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