Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City

Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801886812
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Michael R. Bloomberg
1. The Natural History of New York City
2. The Parks
The Bronx
Staten Island
3. Forever Wild
4. Animals
Horseshoe Crab
Daddy Longlegs
Goldenrod Spider
Rabid Wolf Spider
Hoffman's Dwarf Centipede
Garden Centipede
Garden Millipede
Pyralis Firefly
Two-Spotted Ladybug Beetle
Eastern Carpenter Bee
Yellow Jacket
Common Green Darner Dragonfly
Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly
Eastern Forktail Damselfly
Polyphemus Moth
Eastern Tent Moth
Cabbage White Butterfly
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
Blue Crab
Northern Rock Barnacle
Spiny Cheek Crayfish
American Eel
Striped Bass
Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
American Bullfrog
Fowler's Toad
Red-Backed Salamander
Eastern Spotted Newt
Common Snapping Turtle
Diamondback Terrapin
Eastern Painted Turtle
Eastern Garter Snake
Double-Crested Cormorant
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Brant Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard Duck
Wood Duck
Canvasback Duck
Bufflehead Duck
Red-Breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Red-Tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Barn Owl
Monk Parakeet
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Red-Bullied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Black-Capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Black-and-White Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Red-Winged Blackbird
European Starling
Baltimore Oriole
Scarlet Tanager
House Sparrow
Dark-Eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
White-Throated Sparrow
Eastern Red Bat
Little Brown Bat
Big Brown Bat
Common Raccoon
Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Red Fox
5. Plants
Common Cattail
Common Reed
Red and White Clover
Common Milkweed
Common Mullein
Black-Eyed Susan
Eastern White Pine
Austrian Pine
Bald Cypress
American Elm
American Hornbeam
Horsechestnut Tree
Honey Locust
Black Locust
Sugar Maple
Red Maple
Norway Maple
White Mulberry Tree
Red Mulberry Tree
Eastern White Oak
Northern Red Oak
Pin Oak
Osage Orange
Eastern Redbud
London Plane
American Sycamore
Tulip Tree
Weeping Willow
Wild Cherry
Common Elderberry
Arrowwood Viburnum
Butterfly Rush
Rugosa Rose
6. Mushrooms
Artist's Conk
Chicken Mushroom, or Chicken-of-the-Woods
Turkey Tail
7. Geology
Fordham Gneiss
Inwood Marble
Manhattan Schist
Hartland Formation

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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