Born in NYC, Alison Salzinger loves identifying the flora and fauna that grace our skies and sidewalk cracks. She has worked in the Live Exhibits Department of the American Museum of Natural History for the last 16 years, taking care of insects, lizards, frogs, plankton and other living creatures. Alison is also a member of the Westside Community Garden.
Nature Walk: The Forest Under Our Feet
Ever wonder what life you are stepping on when you walk through Central Park? Well look at different habitats around the Kwanzan cherry trees including lawn (its not just grass!) a border of native plantings and invasives; and the plants that volunteer along the rocky edge of the reservoir.
Bring a magnifying glass if you have one and binoculars if you want as this is bird migration season!
Enter Central Park at 90th and Central Park West, walk East crossing the Drive and the Bridal Path.
This is a socially-distanced event. Masks are required for the full duration of the nature walk. If you are feeling unwell or suspect that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not attend.
This Nature Walk is being hosted as part of the 2021 City Nature Challenge.
The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a bioblitz that mobilizes people around the world to observe and identify the biodiversity in their own backyards - and to show off the nature of their city. Lets seek out all the amazing plants and animals that call NYC home. You can learn more about the CNC here, and join the challenge by downloading iNaturalist to your phone and gathering observations of the life around you.
Check out the Genspace City Nature Challenge iNaturalist page here, and then join our virtual workshop on April 22 to get up to speed about the challenge before getting started outdoors. We'll discuss:the power of citizen sciencehow to use iNaturalist, contribute observations, and identify organismsgoals of the City Nature Challenge
The City Nature Challenge is organized by California Academy of Sciences and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.