River Living on the Hudson: A Natural History

River - Living on the Hudson: A Natural History

As a 36-year resident of the 79th Street Boat Basin, Dr. Leslie Day came to know the diversity of the city’s natural world. In this talk, hear about her experience and learn about the history of the health of the Hudson River from pristine waters to terrible pollution to cleaning it up.

  • Discover what life was like on a houseboat at the 79th Street Boat Basin in a floating community tied to
    Manhattan

  • Discover the natural world of the river: its fish, crabs, shrimp, seals, birdlife.

  • Hear about the seasons and storms, Nor’easters and hurricanes on the river.

  • Learn about the history of the Hudson River from the native Lenape people to today

About the event:

Leslie Day lived in a magical place that many of us pass as we zoom up and down the West Side Highway, ride our bikes, or walk along the river and look over at the boats bobbing up and down, always wondering – who lives there and what is it like to live on the river? Leslie will guide us through the journey she took as a young single woman moving onto a houseboat. It is where she met her husband who lived on the boat next door, where they raised their child, and where she discovered the wildlife that she shared the river with: the migrating and year round birds, fish, crabs, shrimp, seals and the phytoplankton, the algae, teeming with zooplankton

About Dr. Leslie Day

Inspired since childhood by nature and the vibrancy of her city, Leslie Day is the author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City, Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City, Honeybee Hotel: the Waldorf Astoria Roof Garden and the Heart of New York City, and her forthcoming book River: Living on the Hudson – A Natural History.

As a 36-year resident of the 79th Street Boat Basin, Dr. Day came to know the diversity of the city’s natural world.  Passionate about science, she earned a doctorate in science education from Columbia University and worked for decades as a science teacher. Now retired from teaching, Dr. Day spends her time writing books and giving talks for organizations such as the New York Historical Society, Fort Tryon Park Trust, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, public libraries, garden clubs, senior citizen groups, and nature organizations.

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