Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City by Leslie Day

By Leslie Day

New York simply can be the main biologically different urban in temperate the US. The 5 boroughs take a seat atop the most obviously wealthy websites in North the US, without delay lower than the Atlantic migratory flyway, on the mouth of a 300-mile-long river, and on 3 islands—Manhattan, Staten, and lengthy.

Leslie Day, a brand new York urban naturalist, unearths this impressive global in her Field consultant to the wildlife of recent York City. Combining the lovely work of Mark A. Klingler with various images and maps, this booklet is an entire advisor for the city naturalist—with tips about picking the city's wildlife and maps displaying the closest subway stop.

Here is your individual advisor to the real wild aspect of America’s biggest urban. Throw it on your backpack, hop at the subway, and explore.

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Bloomberg Mayor ACKNOWLEDGMENTS THE BEAUTY OF THIS BOOK lies in the contributions of the talented artists and photographers who shared their work with me. First and foremost is Mark Klingler whose splendid paintings have given this book its charm and made it come to life. Second would be Jean Steins who so kindly let us use the detailed and elegant maps by her late husband, the cartographer Mark Stein. Thank you to George Booruji for his beautifully illustrated map of New York City. I am indebted to Mike Feller, Don Riepe, David Künstler, Marjorie Pangione, and Clodagh Green for their stunning photographs.

The outwash plain of this area was formed by meltwater from the glacial ice sheet to the north. The barrier beaches of the Rockaway Peninsula protected the slowly forming Jamaica Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Shallow saltwater inlets, such as the Gerritsen Inlet, pushed up into the marshland. Gerritsen Inlet is also fed by upland freshwater streams. A great egret fishing in Gerritsen Creek at low tide with a backdrop of autumn-hued marsh grasses. Human History The brackish Gerritsen Inlet, created by fresh water mixing with salt water, supported oysters, Atlantic sturgeon, striped bass, and blue crabs, which were harvested by the local Canarsee Indians, who also hunted deer, waterfowl, and other animals of the marsh.

In the 1990s, however, the top section broke away and now lies near the larger piece. Early colonists noted that the Indians revered this boulder as they did other erratics. Human History The Siwanoy, members of the Lenape tribe, inhabited the land of Pelham Bay Park and the Long Island Sound until they sold the land to the Europeans in the mid-1600s. The Siwanoy lived off the land and the sea, gathered fruit and nuts, and hunted animals in the forests and fish and shellfish in the sound, bay, inlets, and rivers.

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