The Foreign Service Journal - November 2014 - page 62

Field Guide to the Natural World
of Washington, D.C.
Howard Youth, Johns Hopkins University
Press, 2014, $24.95/paperback,
$13.99/Kindle, 400 pages.
Reviewing this book for
American Refer-
ence Books Annual
, Scott R. DiMarco
notes: “To most people, the only animals
in Washington, D.C., are political animals.
But how wrong they are!” Nature awaits discovery at almost
every turn in the complex ecosystem of Washington, D.C. And
Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C.
, natu-
ralist Howard Youth takes us on an urban safari, describing the
wild side of the nation’s capital.
Detailed drawings by Carnegie artist Mark A. Klingler
and photography by Robert E. Mumford Jr., enhance Youth’s
text, revealing the rich color and stunning beauty of the flora
and fauna surrounding Washingtonians. Whether seeking a
secluded jog or an adventurous outing, residents and tourists
alike will find this handsome guide indispensable for finding
oases away from the noise of the city.
Howard Youth is a freelance natural history writer and editor.
He previously worked at Friends of the National Zoo, the World-
watch Institute and the American Automobile Association,
where he edited tour books. While overseas, he has written arti-
cles for a variety of publications, including
National Wildlife
and the
Washington Post
. He is the husband
of Foreign Service officer Marta Costanzo Youth and has been
posted in Chennai, Madrid, Quito, Ottawa and Managua.
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