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Interview with Tai Moses, author of Zooburbia

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More than 80 percent of Americans live in cities and suburbs, but that does not mean they have to be cut off from nature -- according to author Tai Moses. Her new book, Zooburbia, is a call for people to live alongside their furry and winged friends. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with Moses about a new trend to grow urban gardens that sustain wildlife.

“I always loved animals and I really did have this fantasy of being a backyard farmer, so I planted two giant, raised beds of vegetables and I got chickens and a home composter and I was really living the dream. But I was in this constant battle with the native wildlife that also was trying to eek out an existence on this same patch of land. So, this relationship of conflict was really stressful and not much fun at all. I decided to garden for wildlife instead of against them.”

Listen to the complete interview by clicking the link above. To learn more about making your backyard a certified wildlife garden click here.

Holly Kernan is the architect of the award-winning Public Interest Reporting Project. She is currently news director at KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco. In 2009 she was named Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Kernan teaches journalism at Mills College and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and has taught at Santa Rosa Junior College, Youth Radio and San Francisco State University's Lifelong Learning Institute. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Mike, daughter, Julia, and retired greyhound Benjamin Franklin.