FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
NYC PARKS LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL STORY MAP TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT DEER ON STATEN ISLAND ALONG WITH VIRTUAL REPORT ON DEER MANAGEMENT PLAN
New resources hosted on the City’s WildlifeNYC website teach students and families about white-tailed deer biology and management
NYC Parks today launched its new Deer Awareness Presentation, a digital StoryMap on the WildlifeNYC website that educates young learners about Staten Island’s white-tailed deer population. Designed for 4th through 6th grade students, the StoryMap features engaging videos and an interactive map that allows users to explore a wide variety of subjects including deer biology, tick safety, and environmental impacts. Kids can learn about what deer eat, how they spar, and how to report sightings to WildlifeNYC.
Additionally, Parks has released a virtual report, Managing Deer Impacts on Staten Island, to provide New Yorkers with a detailed analysis of the City’s Deer Impact Management Plan.
“The new Deer Awareness Presentation is a fun, interactive way to teach kids about the biodiversity of Staten Island,” said Commissioner Silver. “These new online resources present children and families with opportunities to learn about antlered neighbors living in their backyards while providing snapshots of the City’s progress in managing Staten Island’s deer population.”
In 2016, the City launched a multi-pronged Deer Impact Management Plan which outlines immediate steps to reduce future impacts of an overabundant deer population. New Yorkers can explore the plan in a new virtual report to track the progress and monitor the success of its facets including:
- Sterilization Study
- Traffic Safety Measures
- Natural Resource Protection
- Extensive Public Engagement and Education
- Impact Monitoring
The virtual report is part of the City’s WildlifeNYC campaign, created to encourage peaceful coexistence with New York City’s urban wildlife populations. To request access to the Deer Awareness Presentation and additional educational resources, please visit WildlifeNYC’s new Education Page.
Check out NYC Parks' instagram page today for a preview of the StoryMap, and follow to learn about New York’s wild side with our weekly “Wildlife Wednesdays” stories series.