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Have you ever been curious about nature in the city? Ever wondered: "what tree is that and why does it smell so bad?", "why are street trees so important?", "how do I get more butterflies in my garden?". We'll help you find the answer!

The Brooklyn Public Library Walt Whitman Branch is partnering with the Naval Cemetery Landscape to bring you an evening with author and NYC ecologist, 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, and Honeybee Hotel: the Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s Rooftop Garden and the Heart of New York City. She is presently working on her fifth book: River: Living on the Hudson – A Natural History, which will be published by the Cornell University Press. As a 40-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, giving talks on Zoom and leading nature walks throughout the city for organizations such as the New York Historical Society, garden clubs, libraries, the Washington Heights YMHA, Fort Tryon Park Trust, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The discussion will begin at 7pm and we will take audience questions toward the end of the program.

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, establish, and steward the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a landscaped bicycle and pedestrian corridor contiguous with parks and open space, enabling access and connectivity to the waterfront as well as new mobility options for transit-starved communities along the Brooklyn waterfront. BGI built the Naval Cemetery Landscape on the site of the former Naval Hospital Cemetery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a place for retreat and remembrance while honoring its rich layers of natural and cultural history. This site was designed as a native plant meadow and pollinator habitat, and provides visitors with an escape from urban life.



Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to this event.

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