Life Science

Natural New York

Scientists track the city's wildlife with binoculars, ink pads and motion-triggered cameras.

September 10, 2009
Video Produced and Shot by Robert Goodier
Video Produced and Shot by Robert Goodier

Among the highrises, in the parks and on the shores, New York City is flush with critters—and not just rats and cockroaches. Animals such as black bears, hawks, turtles and raccoons live among the city and in its outskirts. Scientists and volunteers comb the urban crannies to catalog the species that thrive there. What they discover may influence development policies and ensure the future of wildlife in the city.

See the full multimedia project with photos and an interactive map at

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Barbara says:

I think it’s been about 5 years since the Red Tail Hawk, “Pale Male”, held us spellbound with the battles over his Manhattan nest. Publicity for him on TV, news and magazines (I recall Audubon magazine had Pale Male on the cover) helped bring his plight to light. This is a wonderful report of trying to live together – and how we all need to open our eyes and really see what’s around us in nature. Bravo!

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