Lyanda Lynn Haupt is an award-winning author, speaker, and naturalist based in Seattle.

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Lyanda’s most recent book, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, was published in September 2013 by Little, Brown & Co and is available in bookstores nationwide.

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In The Urban Bestiary, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt’s observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose “home” is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth, and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not. With beautiful illustrations and practical sidebars on everything from animal tracking to opossum removal, The Urban Bestiary is a lyrical book that awakens wonder, delight, and respect for the urban wild, and our place within it.

“The challenge of our time is the movement from rural villages to big cities where nature seems gone. Haupt’s brilliant book restores nature in our lives and uplifts that relationship with stories full of wonder, awe and love.” – David Suzuki, host of The Nature of Things

“The Urban Bestiary is a great read.” – Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven and Life Everlasting

Lyanda invites you to become her fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and Pinterest, and to read her blog, The Tangled Nest.