Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness
There are more crows now than ever. Their abundance is both an indicator of ecological imbalance and a generous opportunity to connect with the animal world. CROW PLANET reminds us that we do not need to head to faraway places to encounter "nature." Rather, even in the suburbs and cities where we... show more
There are more crows now than ever. Their abundance is both an indicator of ecological imbalance and a generous opportunity to connect with the animal world. CROW PLANET reminds us that we do not need to head to faraway places to encounter "nature." Rather, even in the suburbs and cities where we live we are surrounded by wild life such as crows, and through observing them we can enhance our appreciation of the world's natural order. CROW PLANET richly weaves Haupt's own "crow stories" as well as scientific and scholarly research and the history and mythology of crows, culminating in a book that is sure to make readers see the world around them in a very different way.
Publish date: July 27th 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 229
Edition language: English
, Natural History
You would think, based on the title, cover, and back cover description, that this would be about crows. You would be wrong. Instead, it's a 236 page pat on her own back by the author for being oh so much more observant of nature than everyone else. She calls herself a "radical birdwatcher" and ...
Interesting, inspiring, and insightful at times. This book did make me look at the city around me me in a totally different way.UPDATE: 8/1/13 Ok, so I finished this book a little less than a month ago, and I've been trying to do as [a:Lyanda Lynn Haupt|16810|Lyanda Lynn Haupt|http://d202m5krfqbp...
First the nitpicky bits: an editor should have picked up on the fact that Haupt calls crane flies 'cane flies' throughout. And there was one wincing 'tales' for tails. This isn't really a book about crows at all. It's a memoir, a book about Haupt being alert to her surroundings, a book about waking ...
Crow Planet provided plenty of "aha" moments for me. I've always differentiated between the cities where I live and the natural world. Nature has always been "out there" for me. Haupt goes a long way toward removing this artificial barrier. By thinking of urban landscapes as part of the natural worl...