Natural History of Vacant Lots (California Natural History Guides, No. 50)

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Vacant lots aren't really vacant: a surprising number of plants and animals live in the left-over spaces in our cities. In this fascinating guide, authors Vessel and Wong provide a broad introduction to the unique ecosystems that can survive in the urban environment.

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Matthew F. Vessel is Professor Emeritus of Natural Science at San Jose State University. Herbert H. Wong was formerly Professor of Environmental Education at Western Washington State University and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

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"An imaginative introduction to the tenacious plants and animals that battle people and pollution to survive. Anyone concerned with the natural environment will be delighted by Vessel and Wong's guided tour of this unexpected territory." -- Tim Larimer, San Jose Mercury News

"Examines the urban 'natural' environment as an ecosystem and as an important community resource." -- Jean Field, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Natural History of Vacant Lots is well organized and inviting to use. A glossary, numerous diagrams, and a special List of Common Species in Disturbed Areas are features that make the material particularly accessible." -- Sheila Golburgh Johnson, Fremontia

"The book contains very good and useful descriptions of plants and animals regularly found in neglected lots throughout California. . . . Part of the value of a little book like this is that it opens your eyes to things you would otherwise miss." -- Lee Dembart, Los Angeles Times

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