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Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    A great nature book on NYC

    At last,Leslie Day's long awaited book, Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City with illustrations by Mark A. Klinger. Mayor Bloomberg wrote the foreword. Along with Leslie's own lovely images are wonderful photos by Don Reipe , Mike Feller and others. The Format is clear and it is easy to use. Klinger's illustrations are breathtaking. I liked her format in the plant and animal descriptions. Each species had: ¿ Etymology of name ¿ Description ¿ Common locations(where you can find) ¿ Notes of interest ¿ Ecological role(I liked this!!) ¿ Key points She highlights several parks in each boro. (the often forgotten Floyd Bennett Field was included which I loved!!) She also includes that great Forever Wild map from City Parks and has a section on that program. She also has a geology section. Her acknowledgements in the front of the book show that she went to the `best¿ in NYC for her information The naturalist/educators in NYC will love this. Leslie is a science educator that many know in the science/environmental world of New York City. She recently got her doctorate in science education from Columbia. She teaches at the Elizabeth Murrow School in NJ. Of course the coolest thing about Leslie is she lives on a house boat at 79th St. Can't get closer to the Hudson than that!!! Regina McCarthy, Coordinator emeritus, Gateway Environmental Study Center

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    I Love New York!

    Leslie Day possesses an extraordinary, singular talent for inspiring enthusiasm and a life-long passion for learning and for the natural world around us. Dr. Day has been our children's science teacher since our now 17 year-old son was in her class in Kindergarten and in order to also be her students, our now 14 year-old twins commuted for six years, starting the day before 9/11, from the island of Manhattan across the Washington Bridge to the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey. Her Field Guide is a beautifully-written, gorgeously-illustrated and very smartly-organized celebration of big-city nature. A naturalist's version of 'I Love New York', it provides pathways and subway directions to thousands of acres of magnificent parks and nature preserves that even most New Yorkers don't know. Now, in addition to Central Park, Broadway Theater, Carnegie Hall and our 157 museums, everyone - including the Mayor 'who wrote the introduction'- can always have a ready answer to that proverbial weekend question, 'what shall we do today?'. This is a great read and a must-have.

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