Canada’s parks came to New York to save habitat

About a month after the 9/11 attacks, the country of Canada worked to conserve and improve wildlife in areas most vulnerable to the shrinking ecology of lower Manhattan.

Even as the population quickly increased, American geography kept us out. Downtown was also out of sight of the country of Newfoundlanders who had bred and moved to New York since 1583.

In an effort to make the most of every square inch of “higher” New York, these Newfoundlanders set about to create more open space. Canadian biologist Terry Rock has curated a 13-part series documenting their efforts.

Nature’s Big Year : An American Story is the first edition of the series, featuring contributions from Canadian wildlife expert Isabelle Johansson, as well as climate activists, theater owners, and others.

The series is available on PBS and PBS.org, and will air throughout Canada on Global and CBC, and on many PBS stations.

The second instalment will air on January 10th at 9pm ET/PT.

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