What wild animals have you seen in your neighborhood? Coyotes, deer, raccoons, and hawks are just a few of the wild animals who have moved into our cities.
As National Geographic reports, “Mountain lions and ants are among the many species great and small figuring out clever ways to live among people.”
Wild Ones: Observing City Critters reminds us that no matter where we live, we share space with animals, and our encounters with them can be awe-inspiring.
“After reading Wild Ones, young people will be eager for their own adventures in the urban wilds, and ready to explore with new-found knowledge, respect, curiosity, and delight,” says Lyanda Haupt, author of The Urban Bestiary.
Watch some of the videos listed below that inspired the story and illustrations in Wild Ones, and discuss with children some of the animals that you live with in your neighborhood. I invite teachers to use the standards-based lesson, Meeting Basic Needs.