Suburban Safari by Hannah Holmes

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The suburban lawn sprouts a crop of contradictory myths. To some, it's a green oasis; to others, it's eco-purgatory. Science writer Hannah Holmes spent a year appraising the lawn through the eyes of the squirrels, crows, worms, and spiders who think of her backyard as their own. Suburban Safari is a fascinating and often hilarious record of her discoveries: that many animals adore the suburban environment, including bears and cougars venturing in from the woods; how plants, in their struggle for dominance, communicate with their own kind and battle other species; and that ways already exist for us to grow healthier, livelier lawns.

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HANNAH HOLMES is a science and natural history writer, and a regular contributor to the Discovery Channel Online. Her freelance work has been widely published, appearing in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Sierra, National Geographic Traveler, and Escape. Her broadcast work has been featured on NPR’s Living on Earth and the Discovery Channel Online’s Science Live.
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 274 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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With infectious enthusiasm and faith in nature's doggedness in the face of encroaching humanity, science writer Holmes (The Secret Life of Dust, 2001) follows the four seasons as they play out in her own micro-habitat.

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When science and travel writer Holmes (The Secret Life of Dust ) turned her attention to her suburban backyard, she discovered a community of wildlife desperately

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Other types of plastic such as six-pack rings wreak havoc in the natural world – often in an oblivious fashion like my own.

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