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Read All About it: City Creatures!

Monday, February 1, 2016  
Posted by: Catherine Game

We usually think of cities as the domain of humans—but we are just one of thousands of species that call the urban landscape home.


City Creatures is a compilation of essays, poetry, paintings, and photographs that introduce readers to an astonishing diversity of urban wildlife.


Chicago residents knowingly move among familiar creatures like squirrels, pigeons, and dogs, but might be surprised to learn about all the leafhoppers and water bears, black-crowned night herons and bison, beavers and massasauga rattlesnakes that are living alongside them. 


The contributors, including Chicago Wilderness leaders, bring a story-based approach to the urban safari, taking readers on birding expeditions to the Magic Hedge at Montrose Harbor on the North Side, canoe trips down the South Fork of the Chicago River (better known as Bubbly Creek), and insect-collecting forays or restoration work days in the suburban forest preserves.


Interested in learning more about City Creatures?

Read the City Creatures blog here, and follow along as they discuss urban animal encounters every Monday.


Purchase City Creatures from Women and Children First bookstore or The Book BinCity Creatures can also be ordered from: University of Chicago PressPowell’sBarnes & Noble, and