NYC Program Explores Urban Ecology, Visits Whitney
The Hamilton in NYC program recently heard from Chris Nagy, director of research and education at Mianus River Gorge Preserve — an independent, not-for-profit organization which works to preserve the Mianus River watershed and undertakes scientific research and public education throughout the region.
His talk was titled “Large mammals in the NY metro area” and he discussed his research on the management of deer and the migration of coyotes into the greater NYC area. The latter included his use of camera traps and telemetry to discover new coyote dens in outer boroughs and recent sightings of individual coyotes in Manhattan.
After the talk, Vishal Patel ’19 commented: “I have a new-found appreciation for coyotes and it was interesting to learn how controversial wildlife can be in NYC.”
That evening, the program volunteered for dinner service at The Bowery Mission on the lower east side, serving over 200 hot meals to homeless, hungry, and poor New Yorkers (bowery.org).
“Our trip to the Bowery was a great opportunity for us to work with and to give back to our new community here in NYC. I had a lot of fun, and even learned how to properly toss a salad,” Emily Han ’19 said.
NYC Program Hears Wildlife Lecture, Attends Nets Game
The Hamilton in NYC program enjoyed a guest presentation from Richard Simon, director of the Wildlife Unit of New York City Parks on Feb. 14. His talk was titled "Raising Wildlife Awareness in New York City," in which he discussed the controversies and challenges to managing residents' expectations of their interactions with wildlife.