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The Surprising Flora and Fauna that Can be Found in NYC

When you imagine New York City, visions of imposing skyscrapers, dazzling lights, and concrete labyrinths may come to mind. The incredible population of New York suggests that there would be little room for biodiversity beyond humans. In reality, New York City is home to hundreds of animal species, making it a vibrant hub of urban wildlife. 14% (30,000 acres) of New York City is comprised of park land, meaning that there are plenty of places for urban wildlife to thrive. Over 200 species of birds visit or reside full time in Central Park, and there is far more to see than just what the Central Park Zoo offers. Central Park birdwatching is a beloved pastime for many New Yorkers and visitors, and the potential sightings change throughout the year. In fact, it is estimated that by spending a whole day in Central Park, a dedicated bird watcher could witness 100 species. There are also an abundance of trees and plants. New York City Parks provides a comprehensive tree map that tracks sightings. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that New York City’s trees provide a total of $109,782,640.6 in various benefits annually through stormwater interception, energy conservation, air pollution removal, and more. This infographic provides a sampling of birds, animals, marine life, and trees that you can find in New York City. 

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