Backyard Bears (Hardcover)

Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife (Scientists in the Field Series)

By Amy Cherrix

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9781328858689, 80pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

List Price: 18.99*
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“Amy Cherrix's insatiable curiosity jumps through the pages of Backyard Bears to entice, engage and delight young readers. Beautiful and, yes - often cute - photographs complete this wonderful combination of nature writing and citizen science.”
— Stephanie Jones-Byrne, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC
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Description

North Carolina's black bears were once a threatened species, but now their numbers are rising in and around Asheville. But what happens when conservation efforts for a species are so successful that there’s a boom in the population? Can humans and bears live compatibly? What are the long-term effects for the bears? Author Amy Cherrix follows the scientists who, in cooperation with local citizen scientists, are trying to answer to these questions and more. Part field science, part conservation science, Backyard Bears looks at black bears—and other animals around the globe—who are rapidly becoming our neighbors in urban and suburban areas.

What happens when conservation efforts for a species are so successful that there’s a boom in the population? Part field science, part conservation science, Backyard Bears looks at black bears—and other animals around the globe—who are rapidly becoming our neighbors in urban and suburban areas.
     North Carolina's black bears were once a threatened species, but now their numbers are rising in and around Asheville. Can humans and bears live compatibly? What are the long-term effects for the bears? Author Amy Cherrix follows the scientists who, in cooperation with local citizens, are trying to answer to these questions and more. 
 


About the Author

Amy Cherrix holds a Master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College and works as a children’s book buyer at a fiercely independent bookstore. She is the author of Scientists in the Field title  Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code. Visit her at amycherrix.com.


Praise For Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife (Scientists in the Field Series)

"Another inviting example of scientific field work in a consistently appealing series."--Kirkus, STARRED review

"The book capably combines the you-are-there immediacy of charting bear behaviors with surprising facts about bears (NC bears don’t do full hibernation; bear pregnancy involves “delayed implantation,” which means months between the conception and the implantation of the embryo) and illuminating information about how humans can best coexist with bears."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books​

"[An] encouraging case study of efforts to manage black bear populations."--The Horn Book Magazine

"Useful introduction to a field of scientific study that will only grow in importance."--School Library Journal