Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City

Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City

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by Leslie Day, Mark A. Klingler
     
 

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New York just might be the most biologically diverse city in temperate America. The five boroughs sit atop one of the most naturally rich sites in North America, directly under the Atlantic migratory flyway, at the mouth of a 300-mile-long river, and on three islands—Manhattan, Staten, and Long.

Leslie Day, a New York City naturalist, reveals this amazing

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New York just might be the most biologically diverse city in temperate America. The five boroughs sit atop one of the most naturally rich sites in North America, directly under the Atlantic migratory flyway, at the mouth of a 300-mile-long river, and on three islands—Manhattan, Staten, and Long.

Leslie Day, a New York City naturalist, reveals this amazing world in her Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City. Combining the stunning paintings of Mark A. Klingler with a variety of photographs and maps, this book is a complete guide for the urban naturalist—with tips on identifying the city's flora and fauna and maps showing the nearest subway stop.

Here is your personal guide to the real wild side of America’s largest city. Throw it in your backpack, hop on the subway, and explore.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
The scientific detail is appropriate for all levels, and additional readings are referenced in a selected bibliography. Highly recommended.

New York Times
Dr. Day... A sort of Julia Child of nature.

— Ellen Pall

House and Garden
This little gem fills you in on everything finned, furred, feathered, or leafed, and how to find it, in all five boroughs.

Staten Island Advance
Provides historic facts, photographs and maps to give a snapshot of the city's natural resources and to remind hard-charging New Yorkers of the unchanging parts of their environment.

— Sally Goldenberg

Gazette
A complete guide for the urban naturalist.

— Greg Rienzi

The Record
Describes how to find and explore some of the greener parts of the concrete jungle.

— Walter Dawkins

Crawford-Doyle Booksellers Newsletter
This book should be in every New Yorker’s library as both reference and inspiration for low-carbon-impact journeys to places of unexpected beauty and tranquility.

Minneapolis Observer Quarterly
You may well wonder why I am reviewing a book about New York city when we preach 'local, local, local' throughout these pages. I'll tell you, because this beautifully illustrated handbook is a wonderful example of exploring the bucolic city... All illustrated with gorgeous watercolors by Klingler. We should have one of these. But in the meantime, you will find many of the same species in our fair cities., so why not pick up a copy for inspiration?

www.livescience.com
A guidebook to nature in the Big Apple would range from slim to empty, one might think. Try again. Painted turtles, American eels, dwarf centipedes, Eastern spotted newts, black-crowned night herons and Manhattan schist rocks are among the highlights of Leslie Day's Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City.

— Robin Lloyd

Guardian
Leslie Day ('a child of Manhattan') reveals hidden depths of this urban behemoth... A wonderful guide to the green side of the Big Apple.

— PDSmith

American Reference Books Annual
This guide is useful for students and anyone interested in locating and identifying the flora and fauna of New York City.

— Denise A. Garofalo

Living the Scientific Life
Wonderfuly written and well organized... In short, this useful book is, quite simply, beautiful.

International Hawkwatcher
This is a unique an excellent beginner's guide... Highly recommended.

ARBA Online
Useful for students and anyone interested in locating and identifying the flora and fauna of New York City.

— Denise Garofalo

New York Times - Ellen Pall
Dr. Day... A sort of Julia Child of nature.

Staten Island Advance - Sally Goldenberg
Provides historic facts, photographs and maps to give a snapshot of the city's natural resources and to remind hard-charging New Yorkers of the unchanging parts of their environment.

Gazette - Greg Rienzi
A complete guide for the urban naturalist.

The Record - Walter Dawkins
Describes how to find and explore some of the greener parts of the concrete jungle.

www.livescience.com - Robin Lloyd
A guidebook to nature in the Big Apple would range from slim to empty, one might think. Try again. Painted turtles, American eels, dwarf centipedes, Eastern spotted newts, black-crowned night herons and Manhattan schist rocks are among the highlights of Leslie Day's Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City.

Guardian - PDSmith
Leslie Day ('a child of Manhattan') reveals hidden depths of this urban behemoth... A wonderful guide to the green side of the Big Apple.

American Reference Books Annual - Denise A. Garofalo
This guide is useful for students and anyone interested in locating and identifying the flora and fauna of New York City.

ARBA Online - Denise Garofalo
Useful for students and anyone interested in locating and identifying the flora and fauna of New York City.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801886812
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Glenn Phillips
This book highlights the environmental treasures of New York City. Every New Yorker ought to follow Leslie Day's lead and spend time in these precious natural areas. Research shows that people who do are happier, smarter, and better socialized. This is a self-help book that really works!

Richard Ellis
I have lived in New York City for all my professional life, even as most of the research I do for my books takes me to exotic locations such as Antarctica, Alaska, Patagonia, and the Great Barrier Reef. However, as Leslie Day's wonderful book informs us, the five boroughs of New York can be as interesting and exotic as that of any place on Earth. You don't need a fancy research vessel—just a field guide, a sturdy pair of shoes, a Metrocard, and a desire to see the life teeming in our midst. Welcome to the Big Apple ( Malus sylvestris gigas).

Adrian Benepe
Visitors to New York City, and even longtime residents, are astounded by the natural world that can be found in our City parks. From the deep woods of Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, to the wetlands of Staten Island's South Shore, there are mysteries waiting to be solved with the assistance of Leslie Day's illustrated guide. Come spend a day in the country—in the city!

Kevin Baker
Leslie Day has written an indispensable guide both to the natural history of New York and to the multitude of nature that continues to thrive in the city all around us. Both the writing and illustrations are really first rate. With this book in hand, the city will never look the same.

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Meet the Author

Leslie Day is a New York City naturalist. Dr. Day taught environmental science and biology for more than twenty years. Today, she leads nature tours in New York City Parks for the New York Historical Society, the High Line Park, Fort Tryon Park Trust, Riverside Park Conservancy, and New York City Audubon. Mark A. Klingler is a scientific illustrator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He was trained at Carnegie Mellon University and Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts. His work has appeared internationally in major scientific journals and popular magazines, as well as museums and art forums across the country.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.