Scientists Are Mapping New York City Wildlife. And We Don’t Mean Rats, Squirrels or Pigeons.

By
Kevin Krajick
September 12, 2022

New Yorkers, already living in the United States’ most densely populated city, are now sharing space with an increasing number of wild creatures that are good at adapting their diets and hiding places to urban environments. The city has been expanding its green spaces for decades, and now some 78,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands, forests, cemeteries, parks and community gardens provide habitat and food. So do nearby dumpsters, trash cans, back yards, vacant lots, sewers and abandoned buildings.