July 23 4:00-7:00pm:
Unbeknownst to many New Yorkers, our city is home to a thriving population of herons, egrets, ibis, cormorants, and other waterbirds that nest in large colonies. Their numbers have rebounded as the waters around our island city have become cleaner and fish populations have increased, providing more food. These birds are still sensitive to disturbance and so choose to nest on abandoned smaller islands around the city. One such island is Mill Rock, located in the East River just off of Carl Schurz Park. Join naturalist and urban bird expert Gabriel Willow on The Esplanade at 96th Street to observe the island and its avian inhabitants from the East River Esplanade, and learn more about the fascinating ecology and history of the area. Mr. Willow will have a giant telescope and lots of binoculars so you will feel like you are on Mill Rock among the birds! We will enjoy the music of Josh Levine’s Cuarteto Guataca and free ice cream from Lower East Side Ice & Vice, too!
Rain Date: Sunday, July 24 4:00 o’clock