By Leslie Day
New York simply will be the main biologically different urban in temperate the United States. The 5 boroughs take a seat atop essentially the most obviously wealthy websites in North the United States, at once less 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, finds this remarkable international in her Field consultant to the wildlife of latest York City. Combining the beautiful work of Mark A. Klingler with quite a few images and maps, this publication is an entire advisor for the city naturalist—with tips about making a choice on the city's natural world and maps displaying the closest subway stop.
Here is your individual advisor to the real wild part of America’s greatest urban. Throw it on your backpack, hop at the subway, and explore.
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The city of New York took title to Van Cortlandt Park in 1888. The first municipal golf course in the country opened here in 1895; a second golf course, the Mosholu Golf Course, opened in 1914. The Parade Ground was created in 1901, and the National Guard used it for training exercises until the end of World War I. In 1906, the Bronx chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a memorial to Chief Daniel Nimham and the seventeen Stockbridge Indians who were murdered there during the Revolutionary War.
Dutch and then English settlements grew at the foot of Manhattan Island. Soon their villages spread to encompass the surrounding areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, replacing, sometimes brutally, the tribal villages that had occupied the area for the previous five thousand years. With the influx of people from around the globe, this small community of traders expanded to become the largest metropolis in the United States. Humans poured into New York City during the 1800s, and many of the larger species of wildlife retreated.
Many other species just caught a ride with the waves of immigrants and the ocean vessels. The natural world of New York City changed dramatically with the arrival of Europeans, as some species disappeared and other new ones arrived. Today the city is a complex ecosystem; the result of its tumultuous history. Hundreds of species of birds inhabit its streets, parks, and waters. Insects, worms, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, reptiles, trees, wildflowers, and mushrooms are within walking distance of virtually every apartment building, house, and hotel.