By Leslie Day
New York simply will be the main biologically various urban in temperate the USA. The 5 boroughs sit down atop essentially the most certainly wealthy websites in North the USA, at once 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, finds this impressive global in her Field consultant to the flora and fauna of recent York City. Combining the beautiful work of Mark A. Klingler with a number of photos and maps, this booklet is a whole advisor for the city naturalist—with pointers on making a choice on the city's natural world and maps exhibiting 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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Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City LESLIE DAY Illustrated by MARK A. KLINGLER Foreword by MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG In association with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation � 2007 The Johns Hopkins University Press All rights reserved. edu Day, Leslie, 1945– Field guide to the natural world of New York City / by Leslie Day; illustrated by Mark A. Klingler; with a foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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