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.
Lenora Todaro is a contributing editor at Off Assignment, and a former literary editor at the Village Voice. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, Salon, Bookforum, and elsewhere. She is a docent at the Prospect Park Zoo and is working on a book about urban wildlife and ecology. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram
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