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Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary

De Costa Ave. bet. Sommerwille Basin and B. 65 St.,Bayfield Ave. bet. B. 65 St. and B. 69 St.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary is named to honor two environmentalists Dr. Rene (1901-1982) and his wife Jean Dubos (1918-1988). Dr. Rene Dubos accomplishments are widely known. Born in France, on February 20, 1901, Dubos is commonly recognized as the primary developer of modern antibiotics. In 1939, Dubos isolated a microorganism that was used in the first antibiotic to be commercially manufactured. In later life, his attention shifted to humankind’s relationship with the natural environment. As advisor to the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (1972), Dubos coined the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Rene Dubos died in 1982 and was survived by Jean, who was the moving force behind the formation of this sanctuary. Its creation corresponds with the Dubos’ vision of global environmentalism achieved through local action.

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