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Monday, May 06, 2013
No. 40

New Yorkers Learn Where The Wild Things Are At

On Saturday, NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers joined hundreds of kids and their families in Inwood Hill Park for the 4th annual Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day. The day was an opportunity for New Yorkers of all ages to meet the feathered, furry, and scaly inhabitants of their city’s parks and open spaces. Attendees were able to interact with a barn owl, snapping turtle, porcupine, red-eared slider turtle, kestrel, great-horned owl, skunk and peregrine falcon; learn about the best places in New York City and New York State to observe wildlife; participate in kids’ activities; and listen to live musical performances.

“New York City is home to an astounding variety of wildlife beyond the pigeons and squirrels that most of us associate with city life,” said Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. “On Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day we get meet these animals up-close and learn about their habitat and behavior. Educating New Yorkers about the natural world is one of the most important components of our mission, and we hope it encourages New Yorkers to take an active role in the stewardship and care of their environment.”

The Urban Park Rangers were established in 1979 as the uniformed stewards of New York City parks. The mission of the Urban Park Rangers is to connect New Yorkers to the natural world through environmental education, outdoor recreation, wildlife management, and active conservation. Urban Park Ranger are guardians of New York City’s green spaces. All Rangers are New York State Peace Officers and deputized Special Patrolmen of the City of New York. They run year-round programs on topics ranging from building an outdoor survival shelter, fishing, and orienteering to birding, park history, and arts and crafts. Some programs require advance registration, most programs are suitable for all ages, and all programs are free.

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