Lecture: Urban Cemeteries -- Managing Cemeteries for Wildlife Habitat
Thursday, December 12, 2013
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
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Urban Cemeteries are islands of opportunity for birds and other pollinators as well as the native flora they benefit from. Urban naturalist Don Riepe looks at how some NYC cemeteries, by virtue of their design and plantings, and attract wildlife, and how others can provide meaningful habitat with simple changes to the landscape while still maintaining a manicured look.
Raised in Ozone Park and long-time resident of Broad Channel, Don Riepe has explored the urban landscape of New York City since the 1940’s, with an eye for emerging wildlife habitat. He worked in natural resource management for the National Parks Service for over twenty-five years. For several decades following, he has charted the ecological progress of Jamaica Bay, collecting data and overseeing rehabilitation projects, earning the title ‘Guardian of Jamaica Bay.’ Recently he turned his sites toward New York City’s urban cemeteries in search of wildlife habitat.