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Still the Same Hawk

Reflections on Nature and New York
(Book - 2013 )
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Waldman (biology, Queens College, City U. of New York) collects 11 essays that reflect on the intersection between nature and the city of New York. Writers and naturalists who currently or previously lived in the city describe stories and topics such as the arrival of monarch butterflies on a Coney Island beach, how local residents cleaned up and began gardening an unused Brooklyn area, the idea of an urban land ethic, how urban areas like New York should matter to naturalists in keeping large numbers of people in limited areas, how humans interact with nature in the city, environmental threats to it, and teaching environmental literature there. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Oxford University Press
A groundbreaking new book, Still the Same Hawk: Reflections on Nature and New York brings into conversation diverse and intriguing perspectives on the relationship between nature and America's most prominent city. The volume's title derives from a telling observation in Robert Sullivan's contribution that considers how a hawk in
the city is perceived so much differently from a hawk in the countryside.

Yet it's still the same hawk.

How can a hawk nesting above Fifth Avenue become a citywide phenomenon? Or a sudden butterfly migration at Coney Island energize the community? Why does the presence of a community garden or an empty lot ripple so differently through the surrounding neighborhood? Is the city an oasis or a desert for biodiversity? Why does
nature even matter to New Yorkers, who choose to live in the concrete jungle?

Still the Same Hawk examines these questions with a rich mix of creative nonfiction that ranges from analytical to anecdotal and humorous. John Waldman's sharp, well-crafted introduction presenting dualism as the defining quality of urban nature is followed by compelling contributions from Besty McCully, Christopher Meier, Tony Hiss, Kelly McMasters, Dara Ross, William Kornblum, Phillip Lopate, David Rosane, Robert Sullivan, Anne Matthews, Devin Zuber, and Frederick Buell. Together these pieces capture a wide range of viewpoints, including the myriad and shifting ways New Yorkers experience and consider the outdoors, the historical role of nature in shaping New York's development, what natural attributes contribute to New York's regional identity, the many environmental tradeoffs made by urbanization, and even nature's dark side where "urban legends" flourish.

Still the Same Hawk intermingles elements of natural history, urban ecology, and environmental politics, providing fresh insights into nature and the urban environment on one of the world's great stages for the clash of these seemingly disparate realms--New York City.

Statement of Responsibility: edited by John Waldman
Title: Still the same hawk
reflections on nature and New York
Characteristics: vii, 151 pages ; 23 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Empire State Editions, an imprint of Fordham University Press."
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Contents: Introduction : bare nature in the naked city / John Waldman
Monarchs of the urban mind / Betsy McCully
Welcome to the H₂O region - your second address! / Christopher Meier and Tony Hiss
Public place, Brooklyn / Kelly McMasters
Corner garden / Dara Ross
A land ethic for the city / William Kornblum
Can naturalists and urbanists find happiness together? / Phillip Lopate
Can you eat in soup? : nine million ways to look at a raccoon - and an apple / David Rosane
The dark side ; or, my time spent in the nature that people would rather not think about / Robert Sullivan
The futures of New York / Anne Matthews
Imagination, beauty and the urban land ethic : teaching environmental literature in New York City / Devin Zuber
Nature in New York : a brief cultural history / Frederic Buell
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Environmental conditions Urban ecology (Biology) New York Metropolitan Area Human ecology New York Metropolitan Area
Topical Term: RDA records
Urban ecology (Biology)
Human ecology
Local Subject Heading: RDA records. NYP
Additional Contributors: Waldman, John
LCCN: 2012033166
ISBN: 0823249891
9780823249893
Branch Call Number: 304.2097 S
Research Call Number: JSD 14-24
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