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July 06, 2016
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Where the Wild Things Really Are: Urban Backyards

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CATCHING A BUZZ: Lila Higgins photographs a European honey bee at the Urban Nature Research Center gardens in Los Angeles. She heads of the center's citizen-science program.

Nature is thriving in urban landscapes — if you know where to look.

Much of the available habitat in cities for creatures like spiders, snails, and slugs exists in backyards and other private spaces typically inaccessible to scientists.

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