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

by Amy Cherrix (Author)

Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife (Scientists in the Field)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

In this acclaimed addition to the beloved Scientists in the Field series, author Amy Cherrix follows scientists investigating black bears—and other animals around the globe—who are rapidly becoming our neighbors in urban and suburban areas, with full-color photography.?

North Carolina's black bears were once a threatened species, but what happens when conservation efforts for a species are so successful that there’s a boom in the population. With black bear numbers on the rise, suddenly these animals are finding themselves in areas they've never been before—like in and around Asheville.

Author Amy Cherrix follows scientists as they study these backyard bears and the local citizens living among them, trying to figure out just how this happened and what it means for bears and their new neighbors.

Part field science, part conservation science, Backyard Bears looks at black bears—and other animals around the globe—whose numbers are not only rising, but thriving, and finding themselves in new locations around the world.

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Review quotes

"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

Amy Cherrix
Amy Cherrix is a writer, freelance children's book editor, and children's book buyer at a fiercely independent bookstore. She is the author of In the Shadow of the Moon; Animal Architects, illustrated by Chris Sasaki; and two acclaimed Scientists in the Field titles, Backyard Bears and Eye of the Storm, among others. She lives in North Carolina.

E. B. Goodale is an author, illustrator, and designer whose debut picture book, Windows by Julia Denos, received an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor. She also illustrated Here and Now by Julia Denos, The House of Grass and Sky by Mary Lyn Ray, and other books, and is the author-illustrator of Under the Lilacs. Once upon a time, E. B. Goodale worked in a bookstore. She lives in Massachusetts.
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Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
December 20, 2022
Scientists in the Field
BISAC categories
JNF025180 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/State & Local
JNF037020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
JNF011000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Careers
JNF003020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Bears
Library of Congress categories

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