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Importance of Household Decisions

Research in Phoenix, Baltimore, and Boston revealed that household decision-making and income shape patterns of plant and bird diversity in residential landscapes.

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Residential landscapes are important features of the urban ecosystem in the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER study area.

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