Lenora Todaro

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Lenora Todaro writes for adults and children about wildlife, ecology, places, and books. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Afar, the Atlantic, Bookforum, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers  and a volunteer interpreter with the Wildlife Conservation Society.  Her picture book, Sea Lions in the Parking Lot: Animals on the Move in a Time of Pandemic, is a Green Earth Book Award Shortlist Nominee, and a Bank Street Best Children’s book of 2022. She is a city girl who loves the ocean. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.


Cover Photo: Book cover by Counterpoint; photograph courtesy of Kathleen Dean Moore
A Conversation with Kathleen Dean Moore, Author of ‘Earth’s Wild Music’

“Linking climate action and environmental protection to social justice action is essential. It is still possible to hope.”

Feb 16, 2021
Cover Photo: A photograph of a squirrel in Central Park eating an acorn, wary of the camera being pointed at it
How Do You Count All the Squirrels in Central Park?

“If you’re worried and you can’t sleep / count your squirrels rather than sheep.”

Nov 14, 2019
Cover Photo: A beaver eating a reed in a body of water
Beavers Were Among New York’s First Builders—Then We Built a City They Can No Longer Live In

Imagining the city rebuilt so that beavers can return is an exercise in humility.

Oct 09, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Lenora Todaro for Catapult
Horseshoe Crabs Have Survived All of History—and Remind Us How We Could Too

This creature is a survivor. As long as it survives, our notion of the wild, of conditions indifferent to humanity in which other species thrive, survives too.

Jul 03, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Lenora Todaro for Catapult
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Bjoern Kils/New York Media Boat
Cover Photo: Photograph by Ivan Kuraev
An Icon of the American Wilderness is Alive in the Bronx

On the surprising research underway in Van Cortlandt Park and the American Museum of Natural History.

Feb 20, 2019
Cover Photo: All photographs courtesy of Steve Baldwin
What These Immigrant Parakeets of Brooklyn Can Teach Us About City Life

Among the delights of time spent with urban wildlife is the reminder to be quiet and patient—not an easy task for a New Yorker.

Jan 23, 2019