Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats: Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities by Cylita Guy is an absolutely awesome read. I had a poorly formatted Kindle ARC and was still blown away. Right before writing this review I got the opportunity to see a finished copy and the formatting is great. But the text alone made this read so worth my time.
Note: This post contains affiliate links. When you click on and/or purchase from some links, I make a portion of the sale. This helps keep Bitch Bookshelf running.
Find out more about how I review books here.
The summary, from Amazon:
Gripping narrative non-fiction with STEM and social justice themes that proves cities can be surprisingly wild places—and why understanding urban nature matters.
What can city bees tell us about climate change? How are we changing coyote behavior? And what the heck is a science bike? Featuring the work of a diverse group of eleven scientists—herself included!—Dr. Cylita Guy shows how studying urban wildlife can help us make cities around the world healthier for all of their inhabitants. In the process, Guy reveals how social injustices like racism can affect not only how scientists study city wildlife, but also where urban critters are likelier to thrive. Sidebars include intriguing animal facts and the often-wacky tools used by urban ecologists, from a ratmobile to a bug vacuum. Cornelia Li’s engaging illustrations bring the scientists’ fieldwork adventures to life, while urban ecology challenges encourage readers to look for signs of wildlife in their own neighborhoods.
Buy Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats here.
Find out more about how I rate books here.
Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats: Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities by Cylita Guy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The format of my eARC was not so good, but the content in this one is STELLAR!!
Book Club Questions
What can you do to study the ecology of your area?
Did you participate in any of the challenges in this book?
What’s your favorite wild animal that you share your city or living space with?
Interested? Buy Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats.
And don’t forget to add me as a friend on Goodreads!