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When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors People and Wildlife Working It Out in California

By: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom(Author), Collin O'Mara(Foreword By)
213 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: Heyday Books
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  • When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors ISBN: 9781597146388 Paperback Mar 2024 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-4 weeks
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Now updated with a new preface: a full-colour celebration of coexistence with California’s iconic wildlife.

Wildness beats in the heart of California’s urban areas, and across the state Californians are taking action to recast wildlife as an integral part of our everyday lives. In Los Angeles, residents rallied to build one of the largest wildlife crossings in the world because of the plight of one lonely mountain lion named P-22. Porpoises cavort in San Francisco Bay again because of a grassroots effort to clean up a waterway that was once a toxic mess. Yosemite’s park staff and millions of visitors have mobilized to keep its famed bears wild. And after a near century-long absence, Californians are welcoming wolves back to the state, inspired by the remarkable journey of the wolf OR-7. When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors explores this evolving dynamic between humans and animals. Now updated with a new preface, these inspiring stories celebrate a new model for wildlife conservation: coexistence.


Preface to the 2024 Edition
Foreword by Collin O'Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation
Introduction: The Wild Wonder of California

Chapter 1 A Mountain Lion in Hollywoodland: Can People and Wildlife Coexist in the Second-Largest City in the Nation?
    Steve Winter: Photographing P-22
    Rat Poison: A Threat to P-22 and All Wildlife
    How David Crosby Advanced Mountain Lion Research
    Meet the Other Cougars of Los Angeles
    Making Cougarmagic: Tracking Mountain Lions with Cameras
    Meatball, the Glendale Bear
    Charismatic Microfauna: The Bugs of LA
    Calling in the Marines for the Desert Tortoise

Chapter 2 They Left Their Hearts in San Francisco: The Amazing Return of the Harbor Porpoise
    Become a Porpoise Citizen Scientist
    Sutro Sam: San Francisco's First River Otter in Fifty Years
    Lake Merritt: Connecting People and Wildlife in Oakland
    A Community Rallies Around the Martinez Beavers
    The Pollinator Posse to the Rescue of Monarch Butterflies
    On Urban Raptors: GGRO Director Allen Fish
    Saving California Sea Lions at the Marine Mammal Center
    The Urban Coyote

Chapter 3 Keeping Bears Wild: How Staff and Visitors in Yosemite National Park Help Wildlife
    Phil Frank: A Cartoonist Advocates for Yosemite's Bears
    The Return of the California Grizzly?
    Slow Down for Yosemite's Bears
    Bighorn Sheep Get a Helping Hand
    How Does a Fisher Cross the Road?
    A Plea for the Pika
    Great Gray Owls Go Digital
    The Love Song of the Yosemite Toad

Chapter 4 Friending Wildlife: The Facebook Foxes and Wildlife Corridors in Silicon Valley's High-Tech World
    Bakersfield Shares a City with Endangered Foxes
    Peregrine Falcons Nesting at San Jose City Hall
    Google Provides a Safe Haven for Egrets
    Larry Ellison Founds an Innovative Wildlife Center
    Farming for Native Bees
    Elephant Seals: The Comeback Kids
    Up Close with a California Condor

Chapter 5 The Incredible Journey: California Welcomes Back Wolves after Ninety Years
    The California Wolf Center
    OR-7: The Movie
    Buddy the Wolverine: Another Lonely Wanderer
    Bringing Back Salmon with the California Conservation Corps
    "Refrogging" California by Building Wetlands
    Ranchers Helping Ringtails in the Sutter Buttes
    Rice Farmers Sharing Their Fields with Sandhill Cranes

Good Neighbors: What Californians Are Doing for Wildlife in Their Own Backyards
    Craig Newmark
    Elizabeth Sarmiento
    The Town of Alpine
    Susan Gottlieb
    California Conservation Corps Campuses
    San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
    Leo Politi Elementary School
    Peter Coyote
    Northrop Ranch
    Diane Ellis
    The City of Chula Vista

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By: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom(Author), Collin O'Mara(Foreword By)
213 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: Heyday Books
Media reviews

"Interweaves hope and examples of ongoing, broad solution approaches [...] by focusing on the importance of relationship/education, connectivity, and finally citizen science on the parts of people just like us gardeners, nature lovers, thinkers."
– Jennifer Jewell, Cultivating Place

"Filled with unforgettable stories that will spark the desire to help, this is the wildlife book that everyone needs to read. Bravo!"
– Amy Lignor, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"This delightful book details our ever-evolving relationship with Earth's wildest creatures, promising that peaceful coexistence is possible."
– Jennifer Holland, author of the best-selling Unlikely Friendships series

"Here is a book full of essential wisdom."
– Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild

"When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors focuses on a serious problem by presenting meaningful solutions, and is as enjoyable to read as it is informative."
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"A contemporary and exciting view of conservation that we all can celebrate."
– Ed Begley Jr.

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