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Going Wild: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities

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Going Wild: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities

110 pagine
42 minuti
Mar 20, 2018


Going wild. We don't see it as a good thing. And why would we? For most of our time on earth, humanity has been running from lions and other wilderness dangers. We've worked hard to make our local landscapes as safe and convenient as possible. Sometimes that's meant paving over areas that might burst into weeds. Other times, we've dammed rivers for electricity or irrigation. But now pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. What if the new key to making our lives safer (and even healthier) is to allow the wilderness back into our cities?
Mar 20, 2018

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Michelle Mulder is the founding author of and has written six other titles in the Footprints series—Pedal It!, Brilliant!, Every Last Drop, Trash Talk, Pocket Change and Going Wild. Michelle has also written the novels The Vegetable Museum, Not a Chance, Out of the Box, After Peaches and several other books for young people. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit

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Going Wild - Michelle Mulder

Text copyright © 2018 Michelle Mulder

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Mulder, Michelle, 1976–, author

Going wild: helping nature thrive in cities / Michelle Mulder.

(Orca footprints)

Issued in print and electronic formats.

ISBN 978-1-4598-1287-1 (hardcover).—ISBN 978-1-4598-1288-8 (pdf).—ISBN 978-1-4598-1289-5 (epub)

1. Urban vegetation management—Juvenile literature. 2. Vegetation management--Environmental aspects—Juvenile literature. 3. Urban plants—Juvenile literature. 4. Urban animals—Juvenile literature. I. Title. II. Series: Orca footprints

sb472.7.m85 2018 j712 c2017-904558-x


First published in the United States, 2018

Library of Congress Control Number: 2017949711

Summary: Part of the nonfiction Footprints series for middle readers, illustrated with many color photographs. Readers will find out what urban rewilding is and how it can make our lives (and our planet) safer and healthier.

Orca Book Publishers is dedicated to preserving the environment and has printed this book on Forest Stewardship Council® certified paper.

Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.

The authors and publisher have made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was correct at the time of publication. The authors and publisher do not assume any liability for any loss, damage or disruption caused by errors or omissions. Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders and to obtain their permission for the use of copyright material. The publisher apologizes for any errors or omissions and would be grateful if notified of any corrections that should be incorporated in future reprints or editions of this book.

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Back cover images (top left to right): Erin Clarke,,

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Edited by Sarah N. Harvey

Ebook by Bright Wing Books (


For Alvera and Henry

Did you know that spending time outside is both fun and good for your health? JOHN RUSSELL



CHAPTER ONE: Paving the Way

Mmm, Wild Breakfast

Grow It Yourself

A Wheely Good Idea

Nature? Not Today, Thanks

Beware the Wild Beasts!

Factories for the Future

Pave It!

Through the Cracks


Helloooo Under There!

A Lawn? How Royal!

Biodiversity Blues

Make Way for Water

Rewild the Wildlife!

Sprouting Something Good

CHAPTER THREE: Life in the City

My Way or the Highway?

Marsh This Way

Going Wild Downtown

Big, Scary Nature

The Host with the Most

Flower Power

Going Batty

The Dirt on Cities

CHAPTER FOUR: Wildlife Welcome

Climb That Tree!

Sidewalk Safari

Dirt to the Rescue

Find Your Human Herd

Tree-mendous Kid Power

Be a Scientist, Citizen

Walking on the Wild Side

Welcome Home






Our family loves a day at the beach, even when it’s cold enough for winter jackets! MICHELLE MULDER

Have you ever run from a bear or a lion? If you’re one of the world’s 3.5-billion city dwellers, you’re probably safe from big wild animals. After all, humans have spent thousands of years keeping unwanted creatures out of our cities. But did

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