Birdman of Inwood’s 1st Post

As northern manhattan is not gridded, we have a lot of open and green spaces left. And northern manhattan on the Harlem River has the last remaining estuarial inlets on the island. 

These inlets service a critical role in this estuary even though situated in one of the largest cities in the world.  And a lot of hidden wildlife, under our feet.”.  Northern Manhattan is a green apple Inside the red apple.

Questions….for context 

Is northern manhattan, and it’s river shorelines, a critical part of the larger estuarial system, with over 330 migrating birds, multigenerational insects and river/ocean life which rely on the estuary and its cloistered inlets, for at least part of their life cycle?   

What is our Hudson and Harlem Estuary System, and how does Northern Manhattan play a role?

Are estuaries important? And specificly, the local shores in northern manhattan, and how does Inwood Hill Old Growth Forest play a role, beyond park visitor’s enjoyment?

Are they at risk? Especially our inlets in northern manhattan?    
Why is this important today and for future generations, and are they an un replaceable rare environmental resource?  Once lost ….lost for ever……

Are estuarial natural habitats like wetlands more important than other urban green and open spaces not associated with our estuaries?  In Northern Manhattan…..

Can one fully see the importance of and benefit of our local northern manhattan ecological habitats; and wildlife with out putting in place our part of the larger national natural habitat treasure?

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