Lenora Todaro

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Lenora Todaro is an editor at Off Assignment. She writes about books, travel, wildlife, soccer, and politics. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, Salon, Bookforum, the Village Voice, and elsewhere.  A native New Yorker, she has always been drawn to wildlife from roaches to rhinos. She is a docent at the Prospect Park Zoo.  You can find her on Twitter and Instagram

Stories

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