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A reeking sacrifice zone morphs into a magnet for field biologists

Audubon Magazine has just published, with stupendous photographs by Len Jenshel and Diane Cook, my feature on the transformation of the humongous Fresh Kills landfill, on Staten Island, into a 2,000+ acre nature preserve. I loved reporting this story because I got to spend time outdoors with field biologists — men and women studying birds, bats, and turtles in the former dump, which was formerly a wetland and formerly replete with wild mushrooms, edible plants, freshwater springs, all manner of birds, and fin- and shellfish galore. The new park isn’t exactly restoration — we’re not getting that glorious wetland back — but I think it’s gonna be pretty awesome.

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1 Elizabeth Blair { 05.23.17 at 1:12 pm }

Great, I used Thomas Kostigan’s book, You are Here: The vital link between what we do and what that does to our planet. He did a chapter on the Fresh Kills restoration and it really cheered up my students. After that chapter we started a discussion thread called “Good News” after that and it made the class much more positive.

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