I’ve been reading Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, The Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness by Nathanael Johnson. Pigeons will probably never seem majestic nor snails charming to me, but Johnson does present interesting facts about nature under our city (and suburban) noses.
About a century ago, eastern squirrel species were introduced to the west coast, and they have slowly driven out native squirrels. You might look at these photos and say “awwwww, how cute!” but these little Claremont buggers eat my fruit, leaving tangerine peels everywhere, sit in trees and make evil noises at me.
Note the little guy on the bottom right. He’s helped himself to a Marlboro….