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Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City

P. A. Buckley, Walter Sedwitz, William J. Norse, and John Kieran


This book offers the first quantitative long-term historical analysis of the migratory, winter, and breeding avifaunas of any New York City natural area—Van Cortlandt Park and the adjacent Northwest Bronx—and spans the century and a half from 1872 to 2016. Only Manhattan’s Central and Brooklyn’s Prospect Parks have published even lightly annotated cumulative species lists, last updated in 1967, and the most recent book addressing the birdlife of the New York City area was published more than 50 years ago. Addressed are the 301 Bronx, New York City and New York City area species known to have o ... More

Keywords: NYC historical ornithology, Van Cortlandt, Central, Prospect Park birds, Bronx and NYC bird statuses, Van Cortlandt Swamp, breeding bird censuses, extirpation and colonization, advancing migration dates, neotropical migrant declines, blowback drift-migrants, urban park management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501719615
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501719615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. A. Buckley, author
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Walter Sedwitz, author

William J. Norse, author