A Field Guide to Your Own Back Yard (Second Edition)

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The Countryman Press, Mar 31, 2014 - Nature - 288 pages

Here is a book to enhance our appreciation of the small citizens of the world and to introduce us to the neighbors we never knew we had, from spotted salamanders to meadow voles, from snowy tree crickets to ambrosia beetles, all living within steps of your door.

“If there is grass and a few scraggling trees, there will be wildlife,” suggests John Hanson Mitchell, an internationally recognized naturalist and advocate for tuning your senses to the wonders of your environment. Whether your yard consists of a small stretch of grass or a rambling mix of forest and field, Mitchell will introduce you to the wealth of plants, insects, and animals that share your corner of the world. Learn how the behavior at the birdfeeder mirrors that of the wild woods; get an inside view of the rich ecology of the woodpile; learn why you might want to welcome a skunk into your garden. In short, you’ll get to know the neighbors you never knew you had who make their homes all around yours. With wisdom and humor, this book reacquaints you with the denizens of your own local habitat.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
Willows
29
SPRING
45
Morels
60
Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
74
Air Patrol
91
Dragonflies
98
Backyard Bats
112
Mushrooms
175
Club Mosses
189
Holes in Trees
202
WINTER
215
Winter Quarters
220
The Ecology of the Woodpile
233
LATE WINTER
247
Spring in February
262

Screech Owls
127
Insect Pests
140
Mammals
162
Wetlands
275
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John Hanson Mitchell is the author of several books, including A Field Guide to Your Own Backyard (Countryman) and Ceremonial Time, and the editor of the award-winning natural history/environmental journal Sanctuary, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He lives and gardens in Littleton, MA.

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