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The Accidental Ecosystem - Dr. Peter Alagona

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Welcome to The Not Old Better Show Inside Science Interview Series on radio and podcast.  I’m Paul Vogelzang, and today’s show is brought to you by Ka’Chava Archives.com and Elysium Health.  Please check out our show notes today about each sponsor and support our sponsors as they support the show. 

Peregrine falcons nesting on high-rise ledges, cougars prowling in yards, and seals lolling on urban beaches: these are now familiar sights to city-dwellers and to those who follow them on social media. As environmental studies professor Peter S. Alagona shows in his new book THE ACCIDENTAL ECOSYSTEM: People and Wildlife in American Cities this relatively new phenomenon of thriving animal life in urban areas is more than an eye-catching curiosity or an example of society encroaching on nature. Instead, it's a whole new ecosystem, one that shows how animals and humans can live together peacefully, how species can adapt in extremely short time periods, and how we can start to right the ecological sins committed when urban sprawl first began.

Peter Alagona will be reading a brief passage and description from his book in just a moment, but let me give you a quick message from one of our partners today, Ka’Chava

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That of course, is our guest today, Peter Alagona reading a passage from his new book, THE ACCIDENTAL ECOSYSTEM: People and Wildlife in American Cities.  Let’s jump in and meet historian of science, conservation scientist, and nature-culture geographer Peter Alagona, our guest today.

My thanks today to our sponsors, Ka’Chava Archives.com and Elysium Health.  Please check out our show notes for more information about our sponsors, and please support our sponsors because they, in turn, support the show.  My thanks to Dr. Peter Alagona, author of the new book ‘THE ACCIDENTAL ECOSYSTEM: People and Wildlife in American Cities.’ You can also find out more about Dr. Alagona and her work in the show notes today.  Please be well and be safe…I’m saying this to you regularly about being safe, and that is to be safe by eliminating assault rifles.  We don’t need them in hands of nonmilitary and they are killing our children and grandchildren in the very places they learn: SCHOOL!