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A list of things you should read!
7 Gentle Ways to Use a Broom
Practical advice on co-existing with urban wildlife.
Pine Beetle Epidemic
This NatGeo article on 'natural' forest destruction, aided by climate change, is elegantly horrific.
UM Big Year!
Join in UM's first Big Year race to spot and identify birds. Sign up now!
Save field biology skills.
Why field biology skills are important, yet endangered in this day and age.
The Value of Biodiversity to Cities
Ted Trzyna argues for the value of urban biodiversity to the well-being of humans. '[T]here is now strong scientific evidence that kids need direct experience of nature for healthy intellectual, emotional and even moral development. In order to become complete human beings, kids need experience of nature early in life, frequently, and preferably with their families.'
Heritage Trees of Penang
An Areca Books publication, the sumptuous trees pictured, together with their stories, are bound to fascinate. Read this book in the meantime, as you await our very own 'Trees of UM' book!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden News
One of our inspirations on how to chronicle a beloved garden through its seasons, these guys are passionate about everything they see and do, including garden weeds, and repotting the world's largest orchid.
This website harnesses global citizen science to explore and document wildlife. (Pictured: A Golden Tortoise Beetle submitted by user Chimetsetan in India.)
When Nature Fights Back
People around the world take photos of nature reclaiming its space from manmade environments. 'We notice it when there's a hurricane, but it happens in small ways, too. It could be in an empty lot gone to seed, a vacant house full of bats or a flower pushing its way up through a crack in your balcony or sidewalk.'
Is Civilisation Natural?
This article by Adam Frank ponders whether cities can reconcile with nature. 'One concrete strategy for addressing this issue of sustainability and resilience is to make cities act more like nature. Think about how forests get everything they need from whatever moves through where they stand. Building cities that use this principle is called biomimicry — and it means bringing more of the services nature provides to the city back within its confines.'