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The Daily Plant : Monday, September 25, 2000

PARKS AND MONARCH WATCH 2000 SAY “BUEN VIAJE” AS BUTTERFLIES MIGRATE TO MEXICO


Amanda (Greenpoint) Tedeschi

On Friday, September 22, a day after the fall equinox marked the start of the new season, Parks joined representatives from Monarch Watch 2000, a program designed to study the biology and migration patterns of Monarch butterflies. Every year at this time, Monarchs fly south to the forests of Mexico. By tagging a group of butterflies in New York just before they make their journey, scientists will have a clearer picture of how and why the Monarchs migrate in order to better understand how to preserve and protect these beautiful insects.

The mood was joyful as the butterflies were launched on their trip. Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern was joined by Consul General of Mexico in New York Jorge Pinto, Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch, Monica Missrie of World Wildlife Fund, and groups of New York City schoolchildren for the butterfly tagging event at Belvedere Castle in Central Park. A mariachi band and children in traditional Mexican costume made the butterflies' farewell lively and enjoyable. The Monarchs return north in the spring to mate and give birth to the next generation of butterflies.

MORE GREENSLEEVES: LATEST PARKS LIBRARY ACQUISITIONS

New York City Gardener: A How-to & Source Book for Gardening in the Big Apple by Ken Druse
"A tree does grow in the concrete jungle of New York City. Roof Gardens, window boxes, neighborhood vegetable patches, pampered house plants, and grand public gardens grow, and flourish, in New York's soil. Ken Druse's New York City Gardener details from start to finish the process of establishing and maintaining a successful city garden, both indoors and outdoors, while it provides a veritable yellow pages of gardening goods and services in the New York area." (back of book) 1996

Inside City Parks by Peter Harnik
"Inside City Parks examines ground-breaking data on city parks to determine what works and what does not in the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas." (back of book) 2000

Video: Welcome to Historic Richmondtown from the Staten Island Historical Society
If you have never been to Staten Island - or think it is just too far - check out this video on one of Staten Island's most treasured cultural institutions. Maybe it will inspire you to take the ferry and see what this borough has to offer.

CORRECTION

Friday's Daily Plant incorrectly mentioned artist Edwina (Stonehenge) Sandys as the daughter of Winston Churchill. She is in fact his granddaughter.

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Monday, September 28, 2000)

RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT AT DAIRY KINDERBERG REVITALIZES OLMSTED DESIGN IN CENTRAL PARK

A $2 million capital landscape reconstruction of the 25-acre Dairy-Kinderberg area in Central Park is currently underway. Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects Alan M. Moss announced. The work is part of a three-phase reconstruction project in the park between 61st and 66th Streets which also includes the paths and landscape around Wollman Rink and the Driprock and Playmates Arches.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

Seas roll to waft me, suns to light me rise; My footstool earth, my canopy the skies.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

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Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsEast 72nd St Playground

The East 72nd St Playground is closed for construction. It will reopen this summer. Central Park Conservancy is renovating the playground to improve its accessibility and connection to the park's landscape. Please visit the Central Park Conservancyfor more information.

ParkCentral Park

As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

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