Too often we think of nature as something we have to seek out, a remote place far from the city limits. But nature is, in fact, much closer than we realize. Check out these recently published titles that encourage us to pause for a moment and recognize the natural world that is truly teeming all around us, even in our most urban spaces. And by doing so, perhaps we’ll all realize that ecology is not just the domain of scientists but something we can all practice and enjoy.
• A Nature Lover’s Almanac: Kinky Bugs, Stealthy Critters, Prosperous Plants & Celestial Wonders by Diane Olson (Gibbs Smith, $12.99)
• Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England by Kenn Kaufman and Kimberly Kaufman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20)
• Nature’s Notes: Bite-Sized Learning & Projects for All Ages by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards (Willow Creek Press, $$19.95)
• Nature All Around Us: A Guide to Urban Ecology edited by Beatrix Beisner, Christian Messier, and Luc-Alain Giraldeau (The University of Chicago Press, $18)
• The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms by Clare Walker Leslie (Storey, $14.95)
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