City at the Water's Edge: A Natural History of New York

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Index
Page numbers in italics indicate illustrations.
Acadian orogeny, 9
acid rain, 91
Act for the Preservation of White and Other Pine Trees (1711), 117
Adirondack Mountains, 124
Agassiz, Louis, 35
agriculture: colonial practices, 103–104, 120; ecological effects of, 103, 119–122; European practices, 121; Lenape practices, 54–57; origins in Northeast, 49–50
Albany (New York), 63, 70, 88
Albion, Robert, 117
Algonquin peoples, 51, 63
Alleghenian orogeny, 9
Alley Pond Park (Queens), 41, 42, 42, 114, 114, 126
Alvarez, Walter, 29
amber, 28
American Bird Conservancy, 145
amphipods, 77
amphitrites, 78
Anderson, Albert, 47
Anderson, Robert, 47
Anderson, Tom, 79, 91
animals: bear, 48; beavers, 63; bighorn sheep, 40; bison, 40; deer, 40, 48; domestication of, 65; elk, 40, 48; habitat destruction, 65, 91; moose, 40; muskrats, 79, 91; native relationships with, 64, 65; otters, 79; overhunting, 63; as private property, 65; respect for, 65; raccoons, 79; rodents, 31, 143; wild, 66. See also birds; fish; ice ages: animals in; marine life; reptiles; shellfish
Apaumaut, Hendrick, 76
Appalachian Mountains, 9
Appalachian orogeny, 9
arthropods, 20, 29, 30
Arthur Kill (Staten Island), 47, 84, 137, 138
Audubon, John James, 79, 130, 132
Audubon Plumage Bill (1910), 137–138
Avon (New York), 128
Banks, Harlan Parker, 23, 24
Bartram, John, 121
Basking Ridge (New Jersey), 114
Battery, The (New York City), 2
Battle of Pell's Point (1776), 44
Bay Ridge (Brooklyn), 136
beach replenishment: Coney Island, 154–155; Westhampton Beach, 153–154
bedrock (New York City), 1–3, 6–9, 13
Beecher, Charles Emerson, 4–5tab, 21
Beecher's Trilobite Beds, 4–5tab, 21–22
Benepe, Adrian, 126
Berger, Joseph, 141
Billy Goat Hill (Long Island), 43
BirdLife International, 145
birds, 127–145; adaptations by, 139, 140, 142; American redstarts, 127; bald eagles, 128, 141; Baltimore orioles, 128; black-crowned night herons, 79, 136–137; Canada geese, 144; captive breeding and release programs, 141; clapper rail, 79; comebacks, 144, 145; double-crested cormorants, 137; ducks, 31, 138; early uses of, 128; eastern screech owls, 142, 143; egrets, 76, 79, 134, 135, 136, 138; extirpations of, 129–136; extinctions of, 129–136; forest, 125; fossils, 128; fox sparrows, 42; glossy ibis, 79; great blue herons, 79, 128; green-backed herons, 138; gulls, 138; habitat loss, 106, 125, 140, 141, 145; hawks, 142, 144; heath hens, 132–133; hermit thrushes, 42; herons, 79, 134, 136, 138; ibises, 79, 138; little blue herons, 138; migratory, 145; in mythology, 128; Neotropical, 127, 128, 145; oil spills and, 138; ospreys, 139, 140; owls, 142, 143; parulas, 127; passenger pigeons, 130–133, 143; peregrine falcons, 139, 140, 141; pesticides and, 138, 139, 140, 141; poachers, 137; red-eyed vireos, 128; red knots, 30, 31; redstarts, 127; red-tailed hawks, 142; reintroduction of, 133; rock dove (pigeon),

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction - Coming Home ix
  • 1: Bedrock New York 1
  • 2: The Teeming Shore 16
  • 3: At the Glacier's Edge 32
  • 4: Land of the Lenapes 45
  • 5: Staking Claim 62
  • 6: Muddied Waters 76
  • 7: Footprints 96
  • 8: Forests for Trees 111
  • 9: Urban Flyway 127
  • 10: Weathering 146
  • Notes 161
  • Index 177
  • About the Author 186
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