We are as close to nature in the city as we would be in the wilderness,"" claims John Rublowsky. There are as many birds and more rodents than people, and a great many more wild animals than most people suspect. 500,000 dogs represent ""as successful an adaptation as occurs anywhere in nature."" The mammals include foxes (the largest) and coyotes, the birds, common pigeons, house or English sparrows, starlings. Then there are ""crawling things"" from roaches to bedbugs, and the ubiquitous housefly. The ailanthus is triumphantly flourishing. Cemetaries offer sanctuary for wild life. Such is the story of Nature in the City, which describes life modes of creatures in the asphalt jungle for those who are interested in ""grow"" as well as ""go"" green.