This week's Culture Vultures recommend: 

City Critters, the Chicago History Museum, and OhNo!Doom's "Relentless"

click to enlarge Chicago History - Museum’s research - center
  • Chicago History Museum's research center

Seth Magle, director of Lincoln Park Zoo's Urban Wildlife Institute is buzzing about:

City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle I recently read an advance copy of City Critters and was very impressed with how well it balanced in-depth information about urban wildlife with a conversational tone and relevant examples from most major U.S. cities, including Chicago. The book manages to be unique without being overly sensational and is replete with factoids—I learned some new tidbits, and I have a PhD in this field! It has a little something for everyone, from younger kids newly interested in nature to teens and adults who may want to delve deeper into the causes of and solutions to conflicts between humans and wildlife.

The issues surrounding urban wildlife go far beyond complaints about raccoons in the garbage or seagulls plaguing picnickers, and City Critters conveys that without getting too academic. Many animals' survival is contingent upon their ability to thrive in proximity to people, and we need resources like this to pass that message on.

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