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The city is often characterized as the antithesis of wilderness. At the same time, many urban areas are home to large populations of various wild animals. In an effort to learn more about the animals living in our midst, this Topic in Depth takes a look at websites concerned with urban wildlife. The first (1) site, from Urban Wildlife Rescue, briefly describes problems related to trapping and relocating wild animals. The site also offers Humane Eviction suggestions for squirrels, foxes, raccoons, beavers, and skunks. The second (2) site, from A Natural History of North Central Texas, contains a selection of annotated links relating to wildlife in urban and suburban areas. From the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, the third (3) site contains information about beneficial arthropods as well as information about managing a variety of insects found in trees and turf. The fourth (4) site, from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, contains a lesson plan focused on observing urban wildlife. From the National Wildlife Federation, the next (5) site presents the Backyard Wildlife Habitat program which helps people create more places for urban wildlife through gardening and landscaping. The sixth (6) site, from The Bluebird Box, contains links to instructions for various bluebird nest boxes. The site also contains links to a number of articles about bluebirds and other birds. From the PBS-Nature archives, the seventh (7) site contains the companion website for a program titled The Wild Side of New York. Although the site is quite brief, it does contains a list of resources for further exploration.

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  • Social Studies > General

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    Science -- Biological and life sciences,Social studies -- Urban studies,NSDL_SetSpec_internetscout,Science,Life Science,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20111120195326612T,Social studies,Social Sciences,NSDL

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