Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us

Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us

Tai Moses

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 1937006670

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Every animal has a story.

In ZOOBURBIA, urban naturalist Tai Moses launches a lively exploration into "the extraordinary, unruly, half-wild realm where human and animal lives overlap." The author's woodsy backyard at the base of the Oakland hills becomes a laboratory for encounters with a variety of animals, from deer, raccoons and squirrels to birds, lizards and feral cats. The more Moses learns about their natural histories, the more curious she becomes about their life histories--their stories. After a failed attempt at backyard farming, Moses turns her energies to wildlife gardening in an effort to restore some of the dwindling habitat that sustains our wild neighbors. A captivating blend of memoir, natural history and storytelling, illustrated with original linoleum block prints by Dave Buchen, Zooburbia is a magnifying lens turned to our everyday environment.

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Freba and her partner Tammy and some of their friends even helped fix the fence. So the fence was mended, and for the first time, Leo the boxer was free to roam his yard without a chain around his neck. Freba wasn’t finished. She told Leo’s owner that feeding his dog so little would not make him a more aggressive guard dog, it would just ensure that his bones and his teeth didn’t grow strong and healthy. The proper nutrition would better enable Leo to perform his duties. When the man grumbled.

Backyard, the first one of the season. Buddhists say that the conditions for happiness are always present in our lives, if we can learn to recognize them. The hawk, the wild turkey, and the monarch butterfly are my conditions for happiness. * * * On an early fall afternoon, the last bit of light fades from the day, leaving pink and amber clouds. The first rain of the winter comes on the autumnal equinox, a steadily falling rain, tapping on the pane, falling on the muddy hillside, and streaking.

Leaving him with a “maimed and imperfect” copy of nature. “I wish to know an entire heaven and an entire earth,” Thoreau wrote in his journal. The loss of these great species had drained some of the meaning from his universe; he likened the landscape to “a tribe of Indians that had lost all its warriors.”50 In December 2011, a radio-collared gray wolf crossed the border from Oregon into Northern California—the first wild wolf in California in nearly a century. Wolf OR7’s solitary journey had.

Seen the song sparrows darting so merrily in and out of the automatic doors. But the sign in front had changed; the store had been sold to a new corporate owner. Inside, the birdseed was entombed in plastic tubs with tight-fitting lids. There was not a speck of seed on the floor, and not a single sparrow flitting in or out the door. The atmosphere was one of corporate sterility instead of lighthearted lenience. I left thinking dark thoughts. I had parked in the lot behind the store, and as I.

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